HALIFAX – Nova Scotians are invited to share their ideas for moving Nova Scotia forward as Finance Minister Maureen MacDonald continues her pre-budget consultation.
"For the past three years, we have been working with Nova Scotians to get the provincial finances under control, while at the same time, investing in health care, education, infrastructure, and jobs," MacDonald said in a news release on Tuesday. "Now, as we work on the next budget, I want to hear about people's priorities and what ideas they have for moving of our province forward."
MacDonald has already met with groups in the Annapolis Valley, Halifax and Pictou County. She will be visiting Mahone Bay and Bridgewater today. She will also visit Sydney (Feb. 1), Truro (Feb. 5) and the Annapolis Valley (Feb. 12).
There are many ways people and groups can share ideas with the finance minister: attend a locally sponsored event, talk with the local MLA, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet to @NSFinance, or send a letter to the minister at, Department of Finance, P.O. Box 187, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2N3.
"Budgets are about making choices, and at a time when Canada and provinces are facing fiscal challenges caused by the global economic crisis, it becomes even more important to maintain discipline and stay focused on our priorities," said MacDonald. "This consultation is a good opportunity for Nova Scotians to have their say as we get ready for the economic opportunities ahead of us."