Finance Committee Announces Budget 2013 Consultation Process

VICTORIA - The all-party Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services announced on September 7 its plans for conducting provincewide budget consultations. The consultations will begin once the Budget 2013 Consultation Paper is released by the Ministry of Finance.

"The consultation process provides an important opportunity for British Columbians to provide input on next year's provincial budget," said Committee Chair Douglas Horne. "We invite any interested individuals and organizations to participate," added Committee Member Mable Elmore.

This year's consultation process will include public hearings in 19 B.C. communities and video conference sessions covering an additional three locations. The public is invited to attend a public hearing, send a written submission, respond to the online survey, or submit a video file.

Public hearings will be held in the following locations:

Surrey   

Sept. 17

Castlegar  

Sept. 18

Cranbrook

Sept. 18

Osoyoos

Sept. 19

Kelowna

Sept. 19

Vernon

Sept. 20

Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson and Salmon Arm (video-conference sessions)

Sept. 25

Vancouver 

Oct. 1

Coquitlam 

Oct. 2

Abbotsford 

Oct. 2

Fort St. John

Oct. 3

Quesnel 

Oct. 3

Kamloops 

Oct. 4

Prince Rupert

Oct. 15

Kitimat 

Oct. 15

Smithers

Oct. 16

Prince George

Oct. 16

Courtenay 

Oct. 17

Parksville 

Oct. 17

Victoria 

Oct. 18

To register for a public hearing, please contact the Parliamentary Committees Office by phone, by calling toll-free 1 877 428-8337, or by emailing: FinanceCommittee@leg.bc.ca

For more information on the work of the committee, including a list of committee members, please visit the committee's website at: www.leg.bc.ca/budgetconsultations

The deadline for public input is Thursday, Oct. 18. The Committee will release its report by Thursday, Nov. 15.

For further information:
Susan Sourial
Committee Clerk
Room 224, Parliament Buildings
Victoria, B.C., V8V 1X4

Telephone: 250 356-2933 (collect)
Toll-free: 1 877 428-8337
Fax: 250 356-8172
Email: FinanceCommittee@leg.bc.ca

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