Julian gets NDP finance critic job

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Burnaby-New Westminster NDP MP Peter Julian has been named official Opposition finance critic.

Since being given he job by interim leader Nycole Turmel last weekend, Julian, as part of the standing committee on finance hearings on pre-budget consultations, has met with the Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of Canada, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page.

"I am aware there is a tremendous amount of work to do in the coming months as Canada enters a renewed economic slowdown," said Julian in a press release. "The NDP caucus is hard at work providing economic alternatives as Canadian families are finding it more and more difficult to make ends meet."

The release said Page is projecting another 100,000 Canadians will lose their jobs in the coming months, and the international monetary fund is predicting Canada will have among the worst current account deficit on balance of payments among industrialized countries in 2012.

"Canada is facing huge economic challenges in the coming months," said Julian. "The current government is stubbornly determined to proceed with significant new corporate tax cuts on Jan. 1, 2012, at a time when the estimated accumulated profits of Canadian corporations have reached the half trillion mark and business investment in research and development and machinery is lamentable at low levels.

"The government seems to deny, as they did in 2008, that Canada is entering a renewed economic slowdown. I will be pushing the Harper government to put in place wise investments to ensure economic stability, and to address the rampant inequality that we are now experiencing."

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