– – – Meetings give Manitobans Opportunity to Voice Priorities: Struthers
Tonight marks the first of six pre-budget consultation meetings allowing all Manitobans the chance to have their voices heard as the government works toward announcing the 2012 budget this spring, Finance Minister Stan Struthers said today.
“The economic downturn, coupled with costs of last year’s unprecedented flooding, has created challenges for our bottom line,” said Struthers. “But we’ll keep working and listening to Manitoba families to ensure their priorities are met in the 2012 budget. Working together, we’ll keep Manitoba on track and protect the services Manitoba families rely on most.”
The pre-budget consultations are spread out across the province, giving all Manitobans an opportunity to weigh in, added Struthers. All consultations run from 7 to 9 p.m. and the locations are as follows:
today, south Winnipeg, Waverly Heights Community Centre, 1885 Chancellor Drive;
Jan. 16, Brandon, Sokol Hall, 33 11th St.;
Jan. 18, north Winnipeg, Win Gardner Place, 363 McGregor St.;
Jan. 19, Thompson, St. John’s United Church, 52 Caribou Rd.;
Jan. 23, Dauphin, Parkland Recreation Complex, 200 First St. SE; and
Jan. 25, Ste. Anne, Knights of Columbus Hall, 132 Centrale Ave.
If Manitobans are unable to attend a consultation, they can share their views in writing with the minister at Budget Consultations, Room 103, 450 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 0V8; by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by filling out the questionnaire at www.gov.mb.ca.