Mr. Speaker, the employment figures released by Statistics Canada on Friday indicate that economic growth is continuing.
This situation inevitably reflects on the rate of unemployment, which was at only 6.8% in Canada and 8.2% in Quebec in January.
These encouraging results show that our government has made the right economic and financial decisions. The return of healthy government finances is now benefiting all of Canada.
The sectors of the economy where job creation was most encouraging include the manufacturing sector, which recorded a net gain of 13,000 jobs last month.
I therefore encourage our government to continue its efforts in this direction so that the improvement of the quality of Canadians' life remains a priority.