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Focus On Economy And Job Creation Continues

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Focus On Economy And Job Creation Continues

Five New Members Added To Economic Advisory Panel

Ministry of Finance

The McGuinty government continues to focus on strengthening Ontario's economy and creating jobs by announcing the addition of five new members to the Ontario Economic Advisory Panel.

The panel of business and labour leaders provides advice on job creation and attracting investment. It also advises on the delivery of public services and how to ensure taxpayers receive the greatest value for their tax dollars.

The new members include: Eoin Callan, advisor to the Service Employees International Union and a director of SEIU Capital Stewardship; Dr. Alex Himelfarb, Director of the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs at York University and former Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet; Floyd Laughren, Laurentian University's Chair of the Board of Governors and former Ontario Minister of Finance; J. Robert S. Prichard, Chairman of Torys LLP International Law Firm and Chair of Metrolinx; and Michael H. McCain, President and CEO of Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

In a time of slower growth and global economic uncertainty, the McGuinty government continues to focus on eliminating the deficit to build a strong Ontario economy that creates jobs, attracts investment and supports quality public services.

Quick Facts

  • The Economic Advisory Panel was established by the McGuinty government in 2008 to respond to the global economic downturn.
  • 121,300 net new jobs were created in Ontario in 2011, with job growth in the province accounting for more than 45 per cent of all jobs created in Canada in 2011.
  • Forbes.com recently named Ontario a top destination for foreign direct investment in North America and has given the province top rankings in various areas, including job creation, tax reform and health care.
  • In 2010, the province attracted a total of 127 Foreign Direct Investment projects, which created more than 11,200 jobs.

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“The members of the Ontario Economic Advisory Panel are leaders in their respective fields and continue to provide excellent ideas, analysis and advice on ways to strengthen our economy, create jobs and build a rock-solid foundation for Ontario families.”

Dwight Duncan

Minister of Finance

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