Fort St. John’s will be held on October 16, while Dawson Creek’s will take place on October 7. The province-wide sessions will start once the Ministry of Finance releases the Budget 2013 Consultation Paper. 

Chair of the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services Dan Ashton says the public’s input will help in making decisions about the upcoming budget. 

“The committee would like to hear British Columbians’ priorities and financial concerns for next year’s provincial budget,” he says. 

“We encourage any interested individuals and organizations to attend a public hearing or to make a submission,” adds Deputy Chair Mike Farnworth.

This year, the consultation process will include 17 public hearings in various B.C. communities, as well as video conference sessions for an additional four locations, including Fort St. John. The public is encouraged to provide input on the issue by attending the public hearings, sending a written submission, or responding to an online survey. The deadline for public input is October 16, 2013 and the Committee will release its report by November 15. 

To register for the upcoming hearings, contact the Parliamentary Committee Office by either calling 1-877-428-8337 or by emailing by September 10.