Prime Minister Stephen Harper set a goal of adding 1.3 million net new jobs by 2020, saying that would be helped by his Conservative Party’s program of keeping taxes low and balancing the budget.
Canada has already added that many jobs since the global financial crisis and the goal to match that figure by 2020 is an “aspirational” one, he said Tuesday in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
“We cannot by any means say that our work is done, so we aren’t stopping there,” Harper said. “We are focused on the future.”
Polls ahead of the Oct. 19 vote show Harper in a statistical tie with New Democratic Party Leader Tom Mulcair and the Liberals led by Justin Trudeau, who have said the prime minister’s policies weakened an economy that shrank in the first two quarters of this year.