I would like to invite you to join me on Monday, November 7, 2016 for a conversation about how we can make the economy work for you and your family. As we build on our momentum to grow the middle class and position Canada for the global economy of tomorrow, it is your insights which will shape our vision for Budget 2017.
This 2 hour session will be held at University of Toronto Scarborough, Humanities Wing, Room HW 305, 1265 Military Trail, Scarborough, Ontario M1C 1A4, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Validated parking will be available in Lots G & H.
At the beginning of this meeting, special guest François-Philippe Champagne, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, will provide a brief presentation on the economic outlook. Mr. Champagne will also speak about some of the important steps we took in Budget 2016 to help middle class families drive our economy forward. Then it will be our turn to listen as you share your thoughts about how we can do more to grow the middle class and help those working hard to join it.
Some of the themes we are going to touch upon include:
- Where can we invest to create more and better jobs?
- What opportunities should new graduates look forward to?
- How can we ensure we position Canadian businesses to compete around the world?
- How can we make sure our success is shared with those who need it most?
After our consultation, Scarborough Members of Parliament will bring your insights and suggestions back to Ottawa and present them to our Finance Minister Bill Morneau.
In our discussion, Mr. Champagne will be able to tell you more about some of the measures we have already implemented to help Canadians at every stage of their lives, including: our middle class tax cut, which puts more money into the pockets of 9 million Canadians; the Canada Child Benefit, which will help 9 out of 10 families and lift 300,000 children out of poverty; and our strengthening of the Canada Pension Plan, so that every Canadian can have a secure and dignified retirement.
All ideas are welcome; we would like to take as broad an approach as possible. All relevant topics will be discussed and considered.
However, this session will be only one of the ways you can provide your input for Budget 2017. If you would prefer to share your ideas online, you may do so at: http://budget-lebudget.ca/ You can also reach out to us on Twitter, using the hashtag #PBC17.
Hon. John McKay, P.C.
Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Guildwood