Pre-Budget Consultations Conclude
McGuinty Government Benefits From Open Dialogue on Economy
Ontario concluded its formal pre-budget consultations today with a session in Windsor, following a series of sessions across the province of open dialogue between Ontarians and the McGuinty government.
The sessions provided multiple perspectives on both province-wide and regional issues. For example, people in the North, where the mainstay is forest products, expressed their concerns about the slowing economy, whereas other areas of the province requested additional support and funding for the automotive sector.
Common themes include:
- Continued investments in infrastructure
- Improving the delivery of health care services
- Support for the manufacturing sector
- Moving forward on poverty reduction initiatives
The minister continues to meet with members of the public and business community and others on an ongoing basis, particularly through additional roundtables. Furthermore, the minister will receive the report from the all-party Standing Committee of Finance and Economic Affairs which is currently touring the province consulting with a wide variety of Ontarians.
- The Minister of Finance met with more than 350 individuals and organizations – of which the associations alone represented more than 177,500 members – throughout the sessions held in London, Ottawa, Toronto (two sessions), Thunder Bay, Sault Ste Marie (coinciding with video conference session in Sudbury) and Windsor.
- A pilot video conference session was included, in an effort to expand the government’s reach, at the same time reducing expenses and encouraging a Greener Ontario.
- You can participate in the 2009 Pre-Budget Consultations, until January 30, 2009, through the on-line poll, e-consultations or by sending a submission by mail, e-mail or fax.
“Meeting so many Ontarians allowed me to hear about the issues affecting different regions. Last year’s consultations contributed to the McGuinty government’s five-point economic plan which has helped Ontario face the current global economic situation. I am confident with the valuable input I have received that we can move forward to set our priorities for the 2009 Budget.”