Finance Minister Tom Marshall is seen in this file photo speaking at a Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade luncheon at the Pepsi Centre. — Star photo by Diane Crocker
ST. JOHN’S — Finance Minister Tom Marshall and other members of the PC cabinet will be looking to find out what the people want when the provincial government begins province-wide pre-budget consultation sessions next week.
“As we outlined in last year’s budget and again in the Fall Financial Update, our province is facing a significant deficit for Budget 2014.,” said Marshall in a press release. “This means that difficult decisions will need to be made in order to effectively manage our spending while maintaining the programs and services that are most important to people.”
Sessions begin on Jan. 27 in Stephenville and Corner Brook and by the time they are completed people in 11 locations will have had the opportunity to provide their input.
In an effort to strengthen public engagement, an interactive polling technology will be used at the public sessions to solicit feedback from attendees on a number of key questions. This will be in addition to the traditional format where individuals are invited to present to the minister.
Anyone interested in participating in a pre-budget meeting are requested to register at least 48 hours in advance of the scheduled meeting time by phoning 709-729-2944 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Written submissions can continue to be made via mail to: Minister of Finance, c/o Pre-Budget 2014, Department of Finance, P.O. Box 8700, St. John’s, NL, A1B 4J6. Submissions may also be emailed to email@example.com or faxed to 709-729-2070.
Monday, Jan. 27, Stephenville (Minister Tom Marshall), Days Inn, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 27, Corner Brook (Minister Tom Marshall), Glynmill Inn, 3 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 28, St. John’s (Minister Tom Marshall and Minister Dan Crummell, Service NL), Comfort Inn
9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 31, Gander (Minister Kevin O’Brien, Advanced Education and Skills), Gander Hotel, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 31, Grand Falls-Windsor (Minister Susan Sullivan, Health and Community Services), Mount Peyton, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 3, Labrador West (Minister Nick McGrath, Transportation and Works), council chambers, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 4, Happy Valley-Goose Bay (Minister Nick McGrath, Transportation and Works), Labrador Inn, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 5, Marystown (Minister Clyde Jackman, Education, and Minister Darin King, Justice), Braxton Suites, 9 to 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 5, Clarenville (Minister Darin King, Justice), Clarenville Inn, 2 to 4:00 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 7, Springdale (Minister Tom Marshall), Riverwood Inn, noon to 2 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 10, St. Anthony (Minister Steve Kent, Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs), Haven Inn, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.