Even More Praise for 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:

 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.”

Polytechnics Canada: “Today’s federal budget connects the challenges of skills and innovation in concrete ways and with targeted, reasonable funding… I am also pleased the government acknowledged the important role apprenticeship training deserves alongside Canadian university and college education.”

Funeral Service Association of Canada (FSAC): “The Federal Government’s actions today ensure that modern day Canadian veterans are able to receive the funerals they deserve. We are so pleased the government acted to correct the discrepancy prohibiting modern day veterans of modest means access to a dignified burial.”

Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada: This is a pivotal moment for research excellence and innovation in Canada… This shows that the government is taking a strategic approach to creating prosperity in Canada, and recognizes that a vibrant, innovative and competitive Canadian economy needs a world-class research system.”

Canadian Association for Community Living: “As a mom of two sons with developmental disabilities, I can tell you our family and so many others are grateful for the commitment made today. Canada cannot afford the costs of exclusion. Employers cannot afford to overlook this untapped workforce. People with disabilities cannot afford to be left out of opportunity longer.”

Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association: “We are very pleased to see the government’s renewed commitment to taking a leadership role in promoting and encouraging P3s… Long-term investment is crucial to this country’s economic growth and stability and P3s can play a major role in providing necessary funding.

Assembly of First Nations: We welcome this necessary investment to support our new way forward toward First Nations control of First Nations education based on our rights, jurisdiction and Treaties… This is new funding that is now secured in the federal budget. This will help close the gap and support fairness and success for First Nations children and students…”

The University of British Columbia: “I applaud the federal government’s decision to spur greater Canadian leadership in global research and innovation… This investment will ultimately benefit all Canadians because research so often is the needed catalyst in the creation of industry, jobs and economic growth.”

Canadian Cancer Society: “This amendment will result in millions of dollars in savings each year for Canadian charities that run lotteries… These funds can instead be used to support important programs, services and research that will benefit Canadians.”

Retail Council of Canada: “All in all, this is a very good budget for Canadian retailers… “The Government has outlined significant commitments that will have a meaningful impact on Canadian consumers and reflect the retailer’s long standing concerns in both these areas.”

Association of Canadian Community Colleges: “… this is an encouraging budget that helps support measures to address the gap in skills affecting so many sectors of the economy. The budget also recognizes the important role played by colleges and institutes in Canada’s innovation system and their partnerships with small- and medium-sized enterprises, and provides opportunities for youth and people with disabilities.”

Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada: “The desired balanced budget serves as a beacon guiding the government in its financial planning… The finish line is in sight and the government must stay committed to achieving its goal. Strengthening its own finances better positions the government to help grow the Canadian economy.”

U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities: The dramatic investment in research excellence this budget contains is the first step to ensure Canadian universities can attract and develop top domestic and international talent. This will enable us to make new discoveries we will mobilize for the benefit of all Canadians, strengthen regional and national economies and increase our country’s innovative capacity,”

Mining Association of Canada: “Canada’s longstanding fiscal discipline has helped Canada weather the global economic crisis better than other industrialized nations, keeping interest rates and unemployment low. A return to balanced budgets is essential to Canada preserving its long-term economic advantage.”

The Heart and Stroke Foundation: “We are very pleased that this legislation will be updated… Making the process more efficient will allow us to save a substantial amount of money which we will now be able to spend on life-saving research and programs that benefit Canadians.”

Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association: “This announcement demonstrates the government’s continued recognition of the importance of the auto sector to Canada’s economy and the need to remain globally competitive.”

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami: “This Government’s sustained focus on the North, as reflected in this Budget, is both welcome and positive… We understand that, in addition to recognizing the growing economic potential in Canada’s Arctic, this Government also recognizes that Inuit, who have been the stewards of the Arctic (Inuit Nunangat) for millennia, still face many challenges in contrast to other Canadians.”

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