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Flaherty promises boost to manufacturing sector…as he gets new shoes

"Special measures" will be a "major point" in the Conservative government's fiscal plan.


March 20, 2013
by The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says the 2013 Federal Budget will include “specific measures” to bolster the country’s hard-hit manufacturing sector.

Flaherty says the measures will be one of the “major points” in the Conservative government’s fiscal plan.

The minister made the comments while trying on a new pair of shoes, an annual pre-budget tradition.

This year’s new footwear – a pair of black Oxfords inscribed with the words “Action Plan,” after the Tories’ stimulus program – was purchased at a Roots factory in Toronto.

The budget will be read by the minister from Parliament at 4 p.m. ET on Mar. 21.