WINNIPEG – The provincial government wants your help figuring out the upcoming budget.
Pre-budget consultations have begun, and you can offer your input in one of three ways.
There are public meetings, you can mail your ideas, or go to yourprovinceyourplan.ca.
Once online, you can toggle the PST and income taxes to see the impact the changes would have on the deficit.
“We have considerable challenges in the province of Manitoba right now. We’re not fooling ourselves,” explains finance minister Cam Friesen. “What we need is an honest conversation with Manitobans. Manitobans need that voice.”
Online you can share how much more or less you would like to see spent on health, families, education, infrastructure, innovation, competitiveness, red tape, and sustainable development.
There is also a section called ‘Do Better,’ where you can tell the province which services you would like to see cut and what should be added.
“One thing that I want us to do very well is to give an opportunity to Manitobans, who previously haven’t had an opportunity, to actually have a voice, and do some thinking on these issues too,” Premier Brian Pallister says. “We are giving back the trust to Manitobans that they deserve to have.”
We will get a clear picture of the province’s current financial situation heading into the budget process Thursday. That’s when they will publish the province’s final financial statement from the 2015-16 fiscal year.
Pallister also says they won’t be bringing former Bank of Canada governor David Dodge on board, who the NDP planned to bring in to help balance their budget if they won the election.