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Premier Dalton McGuinty Launches Delivering Change: Budget Town Hall 2004

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Premier Dalton McGuinty Launches Delivering Change: Budget Town Hall 2004

Office of the Premier

TORONTO -- Premier Dalton McGuinty today launched Delivering Change: Budget Town Hall 2004, a dialogue with Ontarians on how to best deliver the change Ontario needs to be strong, healthy and prosperous.

"Ontarians have told us to help students succeed, keep Ontarians healthy, create safe, clean and livable communities, and build a prosperous economy -- while living within our means," the Premier said.

"The $5.6 billion deficit we have inherited is a challenge, but it's also an opportunity to take a close look at everything the government does to make sure we are truly focused on these priorities."

Delivering Change: Budget Town Hall 2004 includes:

  • Regional Town Halls, hosted by cabinet ministers, and open to the public on a first-come, first served basis by calling a toll-free hotline to register. In addition, many MPPs will be holding Town Halls with local constituents.

  • TownHallOntario.gov.on.ca, a new website which gives Ontarians more information about our priorities and the current fiscal situation, and soon, the opportunity to give the government their best advice online.

  • Citizen Dialogues, day-long sessions, run by an independent organization that take a representative group of citizens through a discussion of budget priorities and approaches.

  • Ministry of Finance Roundtables, which bring together organizations and institutions from various sectors.

This public dialogue builds on the tremendous success of the Ontario Public Service Ideas Campaign, a six-week long dialogue with public servants that generated more than 11,000 ideas for improving services while living within our means.

The Premier formally launched Delivering Change: Budget Town Hall 2004 this morning by sitting down with Ontarians from every walk of life in the room normally reserved for Cabinet meetings.

"We are working with Ontarians to ensure that government works for Ontarians," the Premier said. "That means asking for their best advice as we prepare for our first budget this spring."

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