Introduction to Pre-Budget Online Consultation

As Finance Minister, my job is to make sure that the Canadian economy is growing and that the finances of the Federal Government are in good shape. That means keeping taxes low, so you can keep more of your hard-earned dollars, and investing in programs and services that are important to you and your family.

As I build the budget every year, I hear from many experts, like private sector economists, academics and business representatives, as well as my Cabinet colleagues. But I also need to hear from Canadians from across the country and from all walks of life.

I am seeking your views on my upcoming budget again this year. Specifically, I would like your perspective on how we can strengthen and build on the successes we have achieved as a country through our Government’s Economic Action Plan.

Although we fared better than most throughout the recession, the global economic outlook remains highly uncertain. Indeed, much of our potential as a nation remains unfulfilled.

So today I am asking you to help shape the future by sharing your thoughts on how we can take the necessary steps to continue to build a stronger, more prosperous Canada.

I encourage you to answer any or all of the questions that matter to you on this online consultation and share them with your friends, family, and colleagues. All Canadians have a stake in the answers to these questions, so all Canadians should have a say in answering them.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance

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