Item #18 on the Harper Gov’t Accomplishment List relates to the fact that Canada’s economic recovery is the best in the G7, something all Canadians should know before they vote on May 2nd, 2011. For sources on this topic, there is the Toronto Star and this Google search page, as well as Shawn Selanders’ website. A mortgage broker from Okotoks, Alberta (and no, I don’t know him), he was one of 17 industry leaders invited to attend pre-budget consultations in Regina in January 2011. I have paraphrased his summary of the key things he learned at those consultations below:
- Canada’s positive economic recovery is ongoing with current economic activity actually back to pre-recession levels;
- There has been an increase of more than 460,000 jobs over the past couple of years, more than offsetting all of the jobs lost during the recession; and
- With Real GDP Growth expected to remain moderate in the near term, Canada is expected to have the strongest average growth in the G7 over 2010 and 2011 (IMF Forecast).
So, in my opinion, it stands to reason that for Canada to maintain its strong economic growth, federal government policies need to continue to be conducive to investment. I recommend then that readers vote for their Conservative candidate on May 2nd, 2011.