Oliver meets with business leaders, economists in Quebec

Finance minister will be looking for ideas on job creation and feedback on the Conservative's current fiscal plan.

August 12, 2014   by The Canadian Press

WAKEFIELD, Que. — Finance Minister Joe Oliver will hear from business leaders, economists and others as he gathers opinions at a summer retreat in Quebec about Canada’s economic challenges.

Oliver and 16 invited guests will spend the next two days at a summer retreat in Wakefield, Que., about an hour outside Ottawa.

The minister will be looking for ideas on how to create jobs, but also wants feedback on the government’s current fiscal plan.

The meeting comes on the heels of a report last week that showed Canada was bleeding full-time jobs last month.

Many economist had predicted up to 20,000 jobs would be created, but there were just 200 overall, with part-time work largely replacing full-time positions.

The annual retreat is billed as an opportunity for the finance minister to gather information in preparation for his fall economic update and the budget in the spring.

It is Oliver’s first such gathering since being appointed to the position earlier this year to replace the late Jim Flaherty.

© 2014 The Canadian Press

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