Industry Minister Christian Paradis participated in a pre-budget roundtable discussion Wednesday with business leaders from Canada’s information and communications technology sectors. "Making Canada a world-leading digital economy remains one of my main priorities and will result in our economy becoming more productive and globally competitive," Paradis said in a release. "Budget 2012 will maintain our focus on jobs and economic growth while reducing the deficit and returning to balance in the medium term." The government has been consulting on the creation of a national digital economy strategy since 2009. In the release, Paradis said his primary focus in the discussions is to engage private sector stakeholders on the best ways to ensure Canada’s economy continues to grow in a challenging global economy. One of Paradis’ main priorities will be the creation of more job opportunities for Canadians, the release said. Wednesday's discussion took place in Toronto, Ont., and is one in a series of cross-Canada consultations that will continue in the weeks leading up to the release of the 2012 budget, the release said. Industry Canada said Canadians wishing to participate in the discussion can participate in the consultations online. More venues and details will be publicized as the information becomes available, the release said.