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For Immediate Release
Ministry of Finance
September 15, 2009
VICTORIA – British Columbians are being asked for their views on how the next provincial budget should provide for core services; make B.C. more competitive; and help guide the Province into full economic recovery, Finance Minister Colin Hansen announced today with the release of the 2010 Budget Consultation Paper.“British Columbia faces significant economic challenges,” said Hansen. “But as the economic recovery begins to take hold, B.C. is poised to build on its many advantages, including hosting the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.”
The 2010 Budget Consultation Paper provides British Columbians with important information concerning B.C.’s progress on building a more competitive tax system, protecting vital services and promoting job growth. It outlines the factors that will shape budget decisions in the months ahead, and it seeks suggestions from British Columbians on the development of Budget 2010.
“Through careful management of taxpayers’ dollars, we are dedicated to ensuring that B.C.’s future is one of growth and prosperity,” Hansen said. “Toward these goals, we want to hear from British Columbians about their priorities for Budget 2010.”
The 2010 Budget Consultation Paper asks British Columbians about what’s important to them in developing the budget, including:
• Should government continue to protect core services such as health and education, and if so, how should government increase revenues to pay for these services?
• Should government continue to reduce taxes?
• How should government control deficits during difficult economic times?
Due to budget constraints, unlike previous years the Province will not be mailing the consultation paper to every household. This will save approximately 90 per cent of the cost of printing and distribution and save paper.
The consultation paper is available online, or by contacting the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, which will hold provincewide consultations in September and October to seek the views of British Columbians.
For more information on the 2010 Budget Consultation Paper and how to participate in the budget consultation process, visit http://www.fin.gov.bc.ca/budgetconsultation
Ministry of Finance
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