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Finance committee visiting Courtenay on Oct. 17

The all-party Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services will visit Courtenay on Oct. 17, it announced Friday.

Provincewide budget consultations will begin once the Budget 2013 Consultation Paper is released by the Ministry of Finance.

"The consultation process provides an important opportunity for British Columbians to provide input on next year's provincial budget," said committee chair Douglas Horne.

"We invite any interested individuals and organizations to participate," added committee member Mable Elmore.

This year's consultation process will include public hearings in 19 B.C. communities and videoconference sessions covering an additional three locations.

The public is invited to attend a public hearing, send a written submission, respond to the online survey, or submit a video file.

Hearings open Sept. 17 in surrey and conclude Oct. 18 in Victoria.

To register for a public hearing, contact the parliamentary committee's office by phoning toll-free 1-877-428-8337 or e-mailing FinanceCommittee@leg.bc.ca. For more information on the work of the committee, including a list of committee members, visit

www.leg.bc.ca/budgetconsultations.

The deadline for public input is Oct. 18. The committee will release its report by Nov. 15.

— Select Standing Committee on Finance and

Government Services

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