Harper Government Delivers on Economic Commitments
Ottawa, June 21, 2012 –Today, the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, and the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, highlighted the results of this productive, orderly and hard-working session of the House of Commons.
“The Harper Government’s top priority is creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity,” said Minister Van Loan. “We are committed to achieving the right balance of appropriate resource regulation, strong social programs and job creation, while continuing on our path to fiscal sustainability.”
“We delivered on our Government’s commitment to Canadians to strengthen our economy and support Canadian families and jobs,” added Minister Blaney. “Our Economic Action Plan is working. We have already seen the creation of nearly 760,000 net new jobs across Canada since July 2009.”
In addition to passing Bill C-38, the Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act which implements many important measures from Economic Action Plan 2012, the Harper Government passed bills focused on economic growth that will:
- support the creation of high-quality jobs in the digital and creative sectors by modernizing Canada’s copyright rules;
- safeguard Canada’s economy by updating the laws which support Canada’s banking system and make it the soundest in the world; and
- strengthen Canada’s retirement system by offering pooled registered pension plans.
The Harper Government has also moved forward on its other important priorities, including legislation to:
- clarify the law on citizen’s arrest and streamline the laws on self-defence;
- protect Canadians by keeping our commitment to passing the Safe Streets and Communities Act within 100 sitting days;
- eliminate the wasteful and ineffective long-gun registry; and
- protect Canada’s immigration system by strengthening the refugee determination process and tougher penalties for human smugglers.
In less than six years, the Harper Government has concluded new free trade agreements with nine countries: Colombia, Jordan, Panama, Peru, the European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), and Honduras. Canada has also begun deepening trade and investment ties with the largest, most dynamic and fastest-growing markets in the world, including Brazil, China, the countries of the European Union, India and Japan.
“Our Government’s economic policies have made Canada an island of stability in a troubled global economy,” said Minister Van Loan. “Canadians can count on our Government to continue to provide strong economic leadership and a focus on what matters most to Canadians: jobs, growth and long-term prosperity.”