Finance minister, biz leaders meet to talk full-time jobs crunch

WAKEFIELD, Que. – Finance Minister Joe Oliver will hear from business leaders, economists and others as he gathers opinions this week about Canada’s economic challenges.

Oliver is meeting with 16 invited guests at a summer retreat in Wakefield, Que., about an hour outside Ottawa, over the next two days.

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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 continued to bleed full-time jobs last month.

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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.

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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.

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