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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 6:40 pm    Post subject: Harper cabinet meets to discuss job-creation strategy Reply with quote

Harper cabinet meets to discuss job-creation strategy
David Akin, Canwest News Service
Published: Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Jason Kryk/Canwest News Service
Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks to Ford workers about the government's $80-million investment in Ford Canada facilities that will "create or sustain" nearly 800 jobs, during a press conference in ...

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper huddled with his inner cabinet near here Wednesday trying to craft new ways to put hundreds of thousands of Canadians who lost their jobs during the recession back to work.

Industry Minister Tony Clement emerged from the first of two days of meetings at Meech Lake, Que., to tell reporters that unemployment in Canada - at 8.4% last month - is unacceptably high. Mr. Clement said that next month's federal budget and speech from the throne will lay out the government's plan to create jobs.

"There is one statistic that is still too high: unemployment. The number of Canadians looking for work is still unacceptable," Mr. Clement said.

The number of unemployed in Canada grew by about 30% between December 2008 and December 2009 to 357,000, according to the most recent data from Statistics Canada. (January's job numbers will be released on Friday.)

"Creating jobs remains the top priority of the federal government," Mr. Clement said.

He also outlined what policy tools the government will use to put those people back to work. Mr. Clement said that Environment Minister Jim Prentice and Natural Resources Minister Christian Paradis were to brief cabinet at the Meech Lake meetings on how adoption of "green" technologies could create jobs. That idea was a central part of the doomed Green Shift plan touted by former Liberal leader Stephane Dion in the last general election campaign.

Neither Mr. Prentice nor Mr. Paradis was available to explain how their ideas might be different from Mr. Dion's.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, who also did not speak to reporters on Wednesday and remained in meetings at Meech Lake, has said the government will continue with the final year of the two-year economic stimulus plan announced in the 2009 budget but that there will be new major spending programs in next month's budget.

Without new spending plans, the federal government is left with fewer options to spur job creation. Those options could include reforming Canada's tax system, possibly to defer tax revenue to some future year, changing government regulations, or negotiating new trade treaties to help boost export-related jobs.

The Opposition Liberals have already announced initiatives that they say would help create jobs.

Last week, the Liberals said that, among other things, they would give manufacturers a cash advance on tax writeoffs for new machinery and equipment. Companies would normally take years to earn those writeoffs but the Liberal plan would give them cash up front that they could repay with credits earned later. Manufacturers have applauded that plan, saying it would help them put people to work.

The Liberals would also give employers financial incentives to hire young Canadians. And they would fine-tune elements of the tax system to make it easier for startup companies to borrow money and to raise capital.

In response this week, the Conservative government took the unusual step of telling reporters that cabinet was meeting - the Harper government discontinued that practice, established by other governments, shortly after it took office in 2006 - and senior officials in Mr. Harper's office held a rare background briefing to talk up the government's focus on job creation.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yuck. So many things wrong with this, number one being that the government cannot create jobs. Unless of course, they actually are talking about adding 300,000 more people directly to the government payroll.
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