Making Your Ideas Count
Budget Consultation 2015
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A MESSAGE FROM
FINANCE MINISTER MICHAEL de JONG
By maintaining fiscal discipline and controlling spending, B.C. was one of only two provinces in Canada to deliver a balanced budget in 2013-14.
We delivered a modest surplus while protecting the public services that are so important to British Columbians.
This year, we are forecasting surpluses in all three years of the fiscal plan. However, the plan remains at risk from continued global and domestic economic uncertainty. The current budget forecast is built around assumptions,
including the assumption that all labour agreements will be reached within the current affordability mandate.
The budget consultation is your chance to share your priorities for Balanced Budget 2015. As part of the consultation, we have released the 2015 Budget Consultation Paper. The Consultation Paper, asks British Columbians to
rank their preferences for the choices that need to be made in maintaining a balanced budget. Despite ongoing challenges, government must continue the discipline that balanced the budget, while keeping costs affordable for families,
investing in programs and services and managing the provincial debt.
Finance Minister Michael de Jong
The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services – an all party committee of
The Legislative Assembly – will hold province-wide consultations in September and October to seek the views of British Columbians. We hope you’ll take part.
For more information, please visit the Committee’s website at www.leg.bc.ca/budgetconsultations.
Thank you for participating in the process. I look forward to hearing your ideas.
Michael de Jong
Minister of Finance