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Budget Input Sought

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]

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