Budget consultations don’t need to be in-person
Spring is around the corner, which means nicer and warmer weather (we hope). It also means the provincial budget, which will be the second budget of this current government.
Already we’re hearing about spending cuts. Government is looking for $244 million or more in savings, so you can imagine the thoughts of people in the province when they hear the word cut. After last year’s terrible budget, fear is in the air.
Still government is going ahead with pre-budget consultations. These consultations started Feb. 2 and are going to take place in different locations around the province.
While there is some value in these and you can go to see different government ministers and MHAs and speak with them about your issue or issues, I got to question why government, so far in the hole, is going ahead with these? The consultations cost money (not sure of the exact amount). Money that could be used to spend down on the provincial deficit, add 24-hour snow clearing back to some areas of this province, or restore home care hours to some of our seniors.
If a person truly wants to say what they want in the budget they can contact their MHA or do like I’m doing and emailing my suggestions for the budget to the email address that can be found on the government’s budget website. That would save money and be as effective as MHAs and ministers going around the province.
While it’s too late now for this year, government would be wise to take this advice next year. Government says it wants to save money — this would a place to start. Tony Ducey writes from Frenchman’s Cove, NL