Calkins asking for budget input

The recent upset in our Canadian government has caused many people to become concerned about the future of the country.
Now, the federal budget will be presented by the conservatives in January and Member of Parliament for Wetaskiwin has asked in a press release for the opinions of his fellow Canadians in regards to the budget.

  • Dec. 17, 2008 8:00 a.m.

The recent upset in our Canadian government has caused many people to become concerned about the future of the country.

Now, the federal budget will be presented by the conservatives in January and Member of Parliament for Wetaskiwin has asked in a press release for the opinions of his fellow Canadians in regards to the budget.

Calkins says that time is short and is encouraging his constituents to help draft the budget by participating in the government’s prebudget consultations.

“The Jan. 27 budget will be a historical first as it will be presented within the shortest time frame of any federal budget in Canadian history,” said Calkins. “Time is tight so the government launched an online national consultation process that will give Canadians an opportunity to submit their innovative ideas on how to strengthen our economy.”

Members of Ponoka and surrounding area can send their suggestions and opinions up until Jan. 9, 2009.

Topics and subjects include investing in housing, expediting infrastructure spending, building strong and sustainable labour markets and training incentives, supporting traditional and emerging industrial sectors and improving access to credit.

Calkins says that the opinions of his constituents will be helpful in drafting the budget and contribute to the strength of Canada.

“This budget will build on the strong fiscal initiatives that our government provided in our four previous budgets,” he said. “We are consulting widely so that we can provide sound policies that will ensure a strong, stable and successful country.”

Those wishing to participate can do so by e-mailing their suggestions to http://www.fin.gc.ca/news08/08-103e.html. There are links on the webpage to a presentation called fiscal stimulus.

To submit your ideas on the budget process directly to MP Blaine Calkins contact his office at 1-800-665-0865 or e-mail calkins.b@parl.gc.ca.

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