Minister Clement outlines benefits of Budget 2012 for Greater Sudbury and the region

SUDBURY, Ontario, March 30, 2012 — The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board and Minister for FedNor, was in Sudbury today to meet with local stakeholders and to highlight the benefits of Budget 2012 for the City of Greater Sudbury and all of Northern Ontario.

Minister Clement started his visit by meeting with residents of Chelmsford’s Villa St-Gabriel where he discussed matters important to Canadians seniors.

“Budget 2012 strikes an excellent balance between financial prudence and maintaining vital services senior Canadians expect and rightfully deserve,” said Minister Clement. “Our government has consulted with Canadians across the country and we believe that our approach to maintaining services important to seniors is a value shared by all Canadians.”

During his visit, Minister Clement also joined local business and community leaders for a luncheon organized by the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce. The Minister took this opportunity to outline measures identified in Budget 2012 that will keep taxes and debt low while returning the country to a balanced budget.

The Minister pointed out that Economic Action Plan 2012 takes important steps to address challenges and help Canadians take advantage of opportunities in the global economy, while ensuring sustainable social programs and sound public finances for future generations.

“Like all Canadians, Northern Ontarians are concerned about how global economic issues will affect their jobs, their savings and their communities,” said Minister Clement. “Budget 2012 takes immediate action to help create and maintain jobs, while moving Northern Ontario businesses and communities from economic recovery to sustainable growth and prosperity.”

The Minister concluded his visit to Greater Sudbury by touring the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT). Speaking to a crowd of educators and innovators, Minister Clement highlighted the Government of Canada’s renewed commitment to research and development as well as innovation.

“As in recent years, our government is taking a responsible and steady approach to research, development and innovation,” said Minister Clement. “This important sector of the economy will play an integral role in our plan to create and maintain jobs while supporting the growth and long-term prosperity of our nation.”

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For more information, please contact:

Sean Osmar
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Tony Clement
613-957-2666

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