Budget input sought

The nearest location for North Islanders to take part in the provincewide budget consultations this fall will be in Courtenay, on Oct. 17.

Gazette staff

The nearest location for North Islanders to take part in the provincewide budget consultations this fall will be in Courtenay, on Oct. 17.

The all-party Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services announced last week 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 videoconference 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.

Other Vancouver Island locations for public hearings include Parksville, Oct. 17, and 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