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Harper says, if re-elected, his government will aim to create 1.3M jobs by 2020

Continuing to campaign on his message of economic stability, Conservative leader Stephen Harper said his government would aim to create 1.3 million net new jobs by 2020 is reelected in October.

WINNIPEG – Stephen Harper says a Conservative government would aim to create 1.3 million net new jobs by 2020.

The Conservative leader says setting such a goal would keep his government focused on creating new and well-paying jobs over the next four years.

He says the party’s commitment to cut payroll taxes by 20 per cent, provide tax relief for the mining sector and establish a permanent home renovation tax credit are some of the measures that would help stimulate employment.

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In January, Statistics Canada said the country gained 185-thousand, 700 net new positions last year.

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The unemployment rate was 7.0 per cent in August, up from 6.8 per cent the previous month, but the economy also gained 12-thousand jobs last month.