COQUITLAM, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/15/11 -- The Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, John Baird, and British Columbia Senator Yonah Martin held a roundtable earlier today with Korean-Canadian small business owners and working families in Coquitlam to discuss ways to create jobs and economic growth as Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Government plans for the next phase of Canada's Economic Action Plan.
"The economy remains the number one priority of the Prime Minister and our Government," said Minister Baird. "Our Government will continue to focus on creating jobs for Canadians, preserving the retirement savings of seniors, and improving the financial security of all Canadian families."
Launched in 2009, the Economic Action Plan has so far contributed to the creation of more than 440,000 new jobs since July 2009 and helped the country emerge from the global economic crisis faster and stronger than most other major industrial countries around the world.
"It is clear that the Economic Action Plan is working," continued Senator Martin. "It has created jobs and provided financial security to Canadian families through the worst global recession since the Second World War."
Minister Baird also warned that the Government will not jeopardize the fragile economic recovery by adopting measures that would mean higher taxes for Canadian families.
"Our Government is committed to protecting and sustaining Canada's fragile economy by preserving and creating jobs, fostering growth and ensuring economic stability for hardworking Canadians and their families. These are our priorities."
Over the coming weeks and months, Prime Minister Harper's Government will travel to towns, cities and communities across the country to seek the views of Canadians on how to best continue building jobs and economic growth from coast to coast to coast.
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