Ontario Premier To Host Budget Town Hall In Ottawa Tonight
OTTAWA -- Premier Dalton McGuinty will host a town hall meeting tonight that will give local residents an opportunity to have their say on the change Ontario needs to stay strong, healthy and prosperous over the next four years, starting with this spring's budget.
"I am looking forward to joining Ottawa and area residents for this important dialogue," said Premier McGuinty. "I need their ideas and advice to help me deliver the best public schools, the best health care and safe, clean, liveable communities while living within our means."
"The $5.6 billion deficit we inherited from the previous government is a challenge, but it is also an opportunity to take a close look at everything the government does to make sure we are truly focused on Ontarians' priorities."
This is the ninth and final regional meeting of Delivering Change: Budget Town Hall 2004. All meetings have been open to the public, with participants registering through a toll-free hotline on a first-come, first-served basis.
At these meetings, Ontarians have been asked to indicate the key values they think should guide the government's decisions, as well as specific steps the government should take to deliver better services.
Apart from regional meetings, many MPPs are hosting town halls with local constituents. Ontarians are also participating through:
- TownHallOntario.gov.on.ca, a new website which gives Ontarians more information about our priorities and the current fiscal situation, and the opportunity to give the government their best advice online. Citizens may also order a copy of the Discussion Guide by calling Publications Ontario at 1-800-668-9938.
- 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 Pre-Budget Discussions, which bring together organizations and institutions from various sectors.
Input from all of these avenues will be used to help develop the McGuinty government's first budget which will be presented to the House later this spring.