September 09, 2011
Did you know...? - Edition 96
Did you know that… The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources recently announced reiterated that your Government is taking action to create jobs and economic growth. As part of our plan to create and protect jobs, we are investing in energy efficiency and clean energy technology. Your Government announced it is investing $78 million over the next two years in ecoENERGY Efficiency initiatives. The investments will create jobs in the energy sector while saving Canadian homeowners’ money and improving energy efficiency. For more information: http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/media/newcom/2011/201181-eng.php
Did you know that… The World Economic Forum released its annual Global Competitiveness Report again declaring Canada to have the soundest financial system in the world. Your Government is focused on what matters to Canadians – creating jobs and promoting economic growth. For the fourth consecutive year in a row, the World Economic Forum has ranked Canada’s banks the soundest in the world. Through sound and prudent regulation, Canada’s financial sector has weathered the ongoing economic turmoil better than anywhere else in the world and served as an example for the world to follow. A sound financial system has helped support Canada’s economic recovery and also helped Canada avoid taxpayer bailouts or nationalization experienced in the United States and Europe. This is yet another example of Canada’s global economic leadership, which includes: 600,000 net new jobs created since July 2009 – the strongest job growth record in the G-7; IMF and OECD forecasting Canada’s economy will be among the strongest in the G-7 this year and next; and Fitch Ratings affirmed Canada’s AAA credit rating highlighting Canada’s “enviable fiscal position to face the global financial crisis”; and Moody’s renewing Canada’s AAA credit rating due to our “economic resiliency, very high government financial strength, and a low susceptibility to event risk.” While these are encouraging signs, Canada is not immune from the economic storms facing the global economy. That’s why we need to complete the next phase of our government’s Economic Action Plan to create jobs for Canadians. For more information: http://www.fin.gc.ca/n11/11-075-eng.asp
Did you know that…Nearly a decade ago, the world was shaken by a series of senseless and cowardly terrorist attacks that took place in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania. On this tenth anniversary of 9/11, we honour the nearly three thousand innocent people from 90 countries who lost their lives in the attacks and pay respect to their family and friends. It is equally important to recall the incredible acts of courage, sacrifice and kindness by Canadians on and following that infamous day – acts like; A community of 10,000 in Gander hosting several thousand diverted air passengers and treating them like part of their families; The selfless service of civilian and military volunteers who continue to stand up in the face of terrorism; And the outpouring of Canadian support in the aftermath of the attacks. This is why Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that September 11 will now be recognized as the National Day of Service. This National Day of Service will inspire Canadians to once more show the same kind of compassion to strangers in need. It is a fitting way to pay tribute to the Canadians and others who were lost in 9/11, to show continued support for the families of victims, to honour the sacrifices made by those who served in the rescue efforts, and to turn an infamous date into a day of hope marked by a communal outpouring of warmth and generosity.
Did you know that…Statistics Canada announced that, while over 25,000 net full-time jobs were created in August, overall employment declined slightly in the month. Your Government is squarely focused on what matters to Canadians – jobs and economic growth. While Canada’s economy has created nearly 600,000 net new jobs since July 2009 – the strongest job growth record in the G-7, too many Canadians are still looking for work and we sympathize with them. That’s why are working hard to implement the Next Phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan – and its job-creating measures like the Hiring Credit for Small Business. While Canada’s full-time job gains in August were encouraging, the global economic recovery – especially in the US and Europe – is fragile and this will impact Canada. The last thing Canada’s economy needs now is massive job-killing tax hikes that would kill jobs and set Canadian families back. Staying the course with our prudent, low-tax plan will support Canada’s economic recovery and help create jobs for Canadians. For more information: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/110909/dq110909a-eng.htm