Is­lan­ders in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in pre-bud­get con­sul­ta­tions

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE -

Pre-bud­get con­sul­ta­tions are be­gin­ning on­line and across the prov­ince this month and feed­back on the bud­get can be pro­vided on­line at­nance/bud­get­sub­mis­sions un­til Feb. 18 as well as at four pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion ses­sions.

“Is­lan­ders ex­pect this govern­ment to be fis­cally re­spon­si­ble, and they have told us that they want a bal­anced bud­get that also pro­tects crit­i­cal front-line pro­grams and ser­vices,” Fi­nance Min­is­ter Allen Roach said in a news re­lease. “Dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions will have to be made if we hope to over­come our cur­rent deficit and bal­ance the bud­get in 201617, so we need to hear from Is­lan­ders about what is most im­por­tant to them.”

The pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion ses­sions will take place 2-4 p.m. at the fol­low­ing lo­ca­tions (call 902368-5501 to pre-reg­is­ter for each ses­sion): O’Leary, Jan. 21 (storm date, Feb. 18); Char­lot­te­town, Jan. 28 (storm date, Feb. 19); Sum­mer­side, Feb. 4 with French in­ter­pre­ta­tion ser­vices avail­able (storm date, Feb. 25); Mon­tague, Feb. 11 (storm date, Feb. 26).

The bud­get deficit cur­rently stands at $32.9 mil­lion, but govern­ment’s multi-year fis­cal plan fore­casts that the prov­ince will achieve a sur­plus of $11.9 mil­lion in the 2016-17 bud­get.

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