Finance Minister Rosann Wowchuk is seeking Manitobans’ input into the 2011 provincial budget beginning with consultations on Oct. 14 in Brandon.
“The global economic downturn has affected us all. I want to hear what Manitobans have to say and what their needs are. These pre-budget consultations are an excellent opportunity for the people of Manitoba to tell us what is on top of their priority list,” said Wowchuk.
The pre-budget consultations will be at the following times and locations:
Brandon -Thursday, Oct. 14, 1 to 3 p. m. at the Pioneer Lounge, Upper Concourse, Keystone Centre, 1175 18th St.;
Portage la Prairie -Thursday, Oct. 14, 7 to 9 p. m. at the Portage Rotary Multipurpose Room, PCU Centre, 245 Royal Rd. S. at Island Park;
Winnipeg -Monday, Oct. 18, 7 to 9 p. m. at Westwood Community Church, 401 Westwood Dr.;
Flin Flon -Thursday, Oct. 28, noon to 2 p. m. at the Victoria Inn, 160 PTH 10A;
Thompson -Thursday, Oct. 28, 7 to 9 p. m. at St. John’s United Church, 52 Caribou Rd.;
Winnipeg -Thursday, Nov. 4, 7 to 9 p. m. at Norquay Community Centre, 65 Granville St.;
Misipawistik Cree Nation/ Grand Rapids -Friday, Nov. 5, 1 to 3 p. m. at Chief Peter Beardy Memorial Hall;
Ste. Rose du Lac -Friday, Nov. 5, 7 to 9 p. m. at the Jolly Club, 638 1st Ave. SW;
St. Laurent-Tuesday, Nov. 9 (bilingual presentation), 7 to 9 p. m. St. Laurent Parish Hall, 19 Parish Lane;
Winnipeg -Thursday, Nov. 18, 7 to 9 p. m. at Southdale Community Club, 254 Lakewood Blvd., and
Lorette -Monday, Nov. 29, 7 to 9 p. m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1298 Dawson Rd.
Wowchuk said the pre-budget consultations will also highlight the province’s five-year economic plan, which includes:
Investing in vital front-line services;
Stimulating economic growth by continuing to build and upgrade needed infrastructure;
Managing government spending;
Restoring balance by returning to surplus by 2014; and
Keeping Manitoba as one of the most affordable places to live, work and raise a family.
Manitobans can also respond in writing to:
Budget Consultations, Room 103, Legislative Building, 450 Broadway, Winnipeg, Man., R3C 0V8; or
by email at [email protected]