MP Report by Jay Hill, M.P.
“Canada’s Economy Has a ‘Spring’ in Its Step”
It’s only natural that we remain cautiously optimistic about any signs of economic recovery. The impact of the global economic recession is still fresh. Yet, it’s equally important to recognize the gains we do experience to give us the confidence we need to fuel even further growth.
And so last week Canadians embraced the Statistics Canada report that 24,700 new jobs were created in May, the fifth straight month of job gains. Canada’s unemployment rate is now 8.1%. Since July of last year Canada has created almost 310,000 new jobs.
Statistics Canada also reported that Canada’s economy grew 6.1% in the first quarter of 2010. This is the strongest quarterly rate of economic growth in a decade! This report demonstrated that consumer spending is up thanks to Conservative tax relief measures for Canadian families, and business investment is up in response to our strong support for job creation.
The international community has firmly endorsed our Conservative Government’s Economic Action Plan.
The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) said Canada’s economy “shines’ and, along with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the OECD also predicts that Canada’s economic growth will lead all G-7 countries both this year and next. And the influential international magazine, The Economist, recently called Canada an “economic star”.
While a dose of confidence to fuel consumer spending and business investment is just the medicine Canada needs, it is also important that we continue to fully implement the Economic Action Plan. To help accomplish that goal, this week Bill C-9, our jobs and growth legislation, was finally passed in the House of Commons. I trust that it will be given the priority it deserves in the Senate to ensure it passes into law very soon.
In the meantime, we continue to address other matters of importance to Canadians. For example, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq introduced legislation containing the tough provisions necessary to help prevent unsafe products from getting into Canadian homes, and into the hands of our children.
Bill C-36 will ensure that Canadian laws keep pace with the realities of the global marketplace. Among other measures, the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act gives the Government the power to recall unsafe products and to ensure industry keeps effective records to quickly track where they’ve sent these products.
In other legislation, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney introduced legislation to protect potential immigrants from the dishonest and unscrupulous actions of crooked immigration consultants.
While most immigration consultants are honest and legitimate, some take advantage of would-be Canadians for financial gain. Bill C-35 will make the actions of these individuals against the law and it will establish a new body to govern and authorize immigration consultants.
This Bill complements our other legislation to preserve the integrity of our immigration system by reforming Canada’s asylum and refugee laws. We will provide enhanced fairness to refugees genuinely seeking shelter from conflict and oppression while cracking down on those who attempt to jump the queue and play the system to their own advantage with bogus refugee claims.
As always, you can track the progress of all Government legislation at www.parl.gc.ca.