The province’s all-party Select Standing Committee on finance and government services will host provincewide budget consultations in the coming weeks, but Nanaimo won’t be part of the 22-city schedule.
Three of those cities – Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson and Salmon Arm – will have public hearings via video conference sessions.
A spokesperson for the committee said consultations rotate through B.C. municipalities year-to-year, and Nanaimo’s last consultation was through video conference in 2010.
Three Island dates for this year’s consultations include Courtenay and Parksville, Oct. 17, and Victoria Oct. 18.
“The consultation process provides an important opportunity for British Columbians to provide input on next year’s provincial budget,” said Douglas Horne, committee chairman, in a release.
Surrey will host the first public hearing on Sept. 17, after the Budget 2013 Consultation Paper is release by the Ministry of Finance.
The public is invited to attend any public hearing, send a written submission, respond to the online survey of submit video file.
To register, please contact the Parliamentary Committees office phone toll-free at 1-877-428-8337 or e-mail FinanceCommittee@leg.bc.ca.