The federal government is seeking public input on the upcoming budget here at a local level.
In advance of the government's 2013 budget preparations, Lethbridge MP Jim Hillyer will meet with business, community and academic leaders, along with general taxpayers, to seek public input on best ways to strengthen Canada's economy.
"The thoughts and ideas of everyday Canadians is crucial in developing a budget plan that reflects their needs," said Hillyer in a press release. "In fact, in the past, many of the ideas brought forward in local pre-budget meetings have been reflected in the actual federal budget and it is my intent to ensure that continues."
Hillyer noted with the government's focus on returning to balanced budgets, he is encouraging comments and discussion on how Canada's government can further improve the effectiveness and efficiency of its own spending.
Beginning today in Raymond, there will be a series of four public forums held over the course of the next two weeks, including sessions in Coaldale, Cardston and Lethbridge.
"Hopefully, the timing and locations of these sessions will accommodate every individual who wants to share their ideas on growing Canada's economy," said Hillyer.
Consultation sessions will begin today at the Raymond Senior Centre at 10:30 a.m. and continue Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Coaldale at The Hub. Cardston's Tanner Centre will host a forum Jan. 19 at 10:30 a.m., while the Lethbridge Senior Centre will be the venue for a Jan. 26 session at 10 a.m.
For those unable to attend in person, written submissions can be directed to Jim Hillyer, MP-Lethbridge, 255 8 St. S., Lethbridge, T1J 4Y1, or through the online process available at www.fin.gc.ca/prebudget-prebudgetaire/1-eng.asp.