Praise for the Economic Action Plan 2014

February 12, 2014

A wide and diverse group of economists, entrepreneurs, community groups, commentators, and experts are all applauding Economic Action Plan 2014and its measures as the right plan for jobs, growth and Canada’s long-term prosperity:

  Canadian Council of Chief Executives: “Balancing the federal budget and maintaining discipline to pay down the debt are not only the right things to do, they are essential for Canada’s global competitiveness.”

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters “…the budget contains a number of measures that will assist manufacturers and exporters in finding and training skilled workers, lower regulatory compliance costs, and help win major new automotive investments in Canada.”

Federation of Canadian Municipalities: “Rural businesses, communities and residents need sufficient bandwidth to participate in today’s global economy and today’s announcement is good news for Canadians in those regions.”

The Royal Canadian Legion: “I am very pleased that the issue of a dignified funeral for the most vulnerable, low income Veterans has finally been resolved… The Legion was singled out in the 2013 Budget in that the Government stated it would work with us and they lived up to their commitment in today’s budget.”

Canadian Federation of Independent Business: “Small business owners know that today’s deficits are tomorrow’s taxes, so they are pleased the government’s commitment to a balanced budget in 2015 remains solid.”

Conseil du patronat du Québec « En somme, ce budget maintient le cap sur plusieurs enjeux prioritaires pour les employeurs et les entreprises qui ont un impact réel sur la création de richesse et la prospérité économique au pays. »

Forest Products Association of Canada:  “We welcome this renewal of the IFIT program as a way to spur jobs and create economic growth especially in rural Canada… This is a strategic, future-oriented decision that demonstrates the federal government’s ongoing commitment to the transformation of the forest industry.”

Canadian Chamber of Commerce: “…The government has acted… The result will be a stronger economy and more jobs.”

Canadian Taxpayers Federation: “We’re pleased and encouraged that Stephen Harper and Jim Flaherty are on track to keep their election promise and balance the budget in 2014-15,”

Special Olympics Canada: “This commitment will allow Special Olympics Canada and the twelve provincial and territorial Chapters to extend our reach to even more Canadians with an intellectual disability… We are extremely grateful to the Government of Canada and thank them for their ongoing support and commitment to Special Olympics in Canada.”

The University of Manitoba: “We are extremely pleased that the federal government continues to recognize the pivotal role that universities play in driving Canada’s innovation agenda and this investment demonstrates the confidence that the federal government has in universities’ ability to find solutions to challenges both at home and abroad.”

Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association: “We are encouraged the government intends to strengthen the Code of Conduct.”

Canadian Alliance of Student Associations: “These improvements will improve access to skills training and education… We are pleased that the government has listened to our recommendations to eliminate barriers to retraining.”

Chartered Professional Accountants: “We of course applaud the economic leadership and move toward a surplus budget amidst ongoing global uncertainty… The minister has achieved the promised targets through sound financial management.”

Progressive Contractors Association of Canada: “This is a good news budget for businesses, workers and job seekers in Canada’s construction industry… Our challenge is helping job-seekers access the training and information they need to successfully compete for those jobs. That is a big part of what this federal budget is all about.”

Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada: “Today’s commitment from the Government, and especially Minister Flaherty, demonstrates continued support for growth and investment in the exploration sector… The METC and northern development remain vital to the exploration industry in Canada as it helps to keep jobs and investment in Canada, and ensures our competitive position globally.

Engineers Without Borders: “EWB welcomes the government’s decision to protect vital foreign aid spending in Budget 2014… we are proud that Prime Minister Stephen Harper chose to maintain current levels of foreign aid spending… Canada’s recent commitment… to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will make a measurable difference towards improving public health in the developing world.”

Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors: “Having patients pay taxes on essential primary health care services didn’t sit well with our members, or our patients, and we are pleased that the Government of Canada agreed”.

The University of Alberta: “Today’s announcements demonstrate the Government of Canada’s commitment to excellence in higher education, research and innovation and I would like to thank it for such strong support. I am convinced that this investment will help universities…”

Earth Rangers: “We are truly delighted with the investment made by the Harper government in Earth Rangers, and in our shared goal of involving families and children in Canada’s conservation initiatives… This funding will allow Earth Rangers to provide educational programming for families across Canada, including rural and francophone communities.”

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