Thanks to the rapid and effective implementation of Canada's Economic Action Plan, Canada is on the right track to emerge from the global economic recession powered by one of the strongest economies in the industrialized world. I want to hear from the constituents of the Okanagan-Shuswap on the next phase of our Economic Action Plan, which will focus on securing the recovery and returning to a balanced budget.
I am seeking responses from Okanagan-Shuswap residents, businesses, and organizations on a number of questions, including:
- The Canadian economy is on the right track—we are on the road for both economic recovery and balanced budgets. But the global economy is fragile and too many Canadians are still looking for work. Without throwing Canada off track for balanced budgets, what cost-neutral or non-spending steps can the federal government take in the next budget to help create jobs and promote economic growth?
- Canada is on track for balanced budgets in 2015–16. Is this timeframe appropriate? Should the federal government try to get back to balance sooner? Or should the timeline be delayed until later on?
- Government should always carefully manage taxpayers’ money to ensure the best value for money. The federal government is always focused on keeping spending in check and ensuring spending is as efficient and effective as possible. In what areas do you think the federal government can be more efficient and effective?
- What should Canada’s priorities be for the short and long term to encourage private sector growth and leadership in the economy?
As the Government prepares Budget 2011, I personally invite you to make your voice heard as we work together to ensure Canada emerges from the global recession in a position of strength.
As part of efforts to listen to a wide variety of opinions, the Government is conducting online consultations. Those wishing to make submissions can do so by visiting http://www.fin.gc.ca/prebudget-prebudgetaire/1-eng.asp.
Many of the recommendations flowing out of this consultation process are implemented in the federal budget. Businesses, organizations and individuals are invited to participate in this important process.
However, the deadline to participate is fast-approaching. If you are interested, be advised that submissions should be no more than 5 pages in length. Also, provide your name or your group’s name along with an address, phone number or email.
Once completed, please send your submission electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it postage-free to:
Colin Mayes, MP
3105 29th Street,
Vernon, BC V1T 5A8
With your participation, we will ensure the priorities of our community will be heard loud and clear.