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Central Nova MP Peter MacKay, who is also the Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, engaged in a successful roundtable with Nova Scotians today, soliciting their valuable input for this year‚Äôs federal budget.
‚ÄúOur Conservative government knows that the number one priority for Nova Scotians‚ÄĒand all Canadians‚ÄĒremains the economy. Our Economic Action Plan is keeping our province and country on the right track, with over 1 million net new jobs created since the end of the global recession ‚Äď the best growth record among all G-7 countries,‚ÄĚ said MacKay.
‚ÄúAs Canada is faced with continued economic uncertainty from beyond our borders however, it is imperative we hear from Canadians in every province on how to better position ourselves for further economic growth and job opportunities for Canadians."
As Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, MacKay says he regularly seesk feedback on our Government‚Äôs initiatives during roundtable meetings across the province.
"Feedback from community, academic, and business leaders are an integral part of the budget process,‚ÄĚ MacKay added. ‚ÄúMany of the ideas brought forward in local pre-budget meetings have been included in the actual federal budget. Through participation in this process we can ensure the priorities of Nova Scotians will continue to be represented.‚ÄĚ
Budget 2014 will focus on job creation, promoting economic growth, and securing Canada‚Äôs long-term prosperity, while returning to balanced budgets in 2015, he said. To this end, the federal government also welcomes suggestions on how it can further improve government efficiency and reduce unnecessary spending.
Nova Scotians and Canadians are reminded that they can also provide their input online, as the federal government has launched a pre-budget consultation through the federal Finance Department website. All those interested in participating can find more information at www.fin.gc.ca.