2016 Pre-Budget Consultations Achieve Highest-Ever Turn Out

Online Consultations Continue as Finance Minister and Parliamentary Secretary Conclude Cross-Canada Pre-budget Consultations This Weekend

January 16, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance

In a speech to the Surrey Board of Trade today, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that tens of thousands of Canadians have engaged and shared their thoughts through meetings, events and through online channels – the highest-ever turnout for pre-budget consultations on record.

Today’s speech concluded the Minister’s portion of a cross-Canada pre-budget consultation tour to solicit Canadians’ views on how best to support the middle class, grow the economy, and create long-term prosperity for all Canadians.

The Minister’s tour, titled “Growing our Economy Together” included upwards of 19 roundtables, meetings, chats and panels, in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Vancouver and Surrey.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance François-Philippe Champagne is also hosting a series of pre-budget consultations across Canada. His tour will end in Yellowknife on January 17.

In all, 14 cities were part of the official tours, and Members of Parliament from across Canada also held pre-budget consultations within their communities in an effort to engage Canadians in the lead-up to Budget 2016.

In addition, Canadians have been actively participating through various digital channels. Launched on January 6, 2016, the online consultation website has already received 2,000 official submissions from individuals and groups, including  a single-day boost of over 500 submissions on January 14 alone.

A Google Hangout and two separate Facebook Live chats with various Canadian universities drew in tens of thousands of Canadians who tuned in live to hear the Minister respond to questions.

Canadians are encouraged to continue this dialogue by sending their comments and ideas via the website http://www.budget.gc.ca/pbc16/, or comment via Twitter using #PBC16. These channels will remain open to Canadians in the coming weeks.

Quick Facts

  • The consultations officially began on January 6 via Google Hangout with eight Canadian universities.
  • Over the course of his six-day tour, the Minister of Finance hosted upwards of 19 separate meetings and roundtables with stakeholders and Canadians.
  • When his tour concludes Sunday, the Parliamentary Secretary will have hosted 7 additional roundtables.
  • The Minister spoke to full capacity crowds at the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, Montreal’s Council on Foreign Relations, and the Surrey Board of Trade, with a total attendance of well over 1000 people.
  • Since launching the online consultations, over 2,000 submissions have been made by Canadian individuals and organizations – and thousands more continue to reach out through Twitter, using the hashtag #PBC16.
  • Two separate Facebook Live events hosted by Dalhousie University and the University of Calgary respectively gave nearly 80,000 Canadians an opportunity to submit questions to the Minister and view the town hall live.
  • Submissions can continue to be made online through http://www.budget.gc.ca/pbc16/.
  • Quote

    “We were elected on a plan to grow the economy, but we know we don’t have all the answers. That’s why we asked Canadians to come to the table and share their ideas. Today, I am far more enlightened than I was six days ago, but most of all, profoundly grateful for the positive feedback I’ve been receiving from Canadians across our great country. To the tens of thousands of you who have added your voice, I wish to say: Message received.”

    -Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance

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