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Telephone townhall on provincial budget set for Monday

Finance Minister Michael de Jong will be hosting a telephone town hall for residents of northern B.C. on Monday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. to get their input on the 2017 provincial budget.

Communities receiving calls include: Prince George, Vanderhoof, Williams Lake, Terrace, Prince Rupert, Kitimat, Quesnel, Chetwynd, Fort Nelson, Tumbler Ridge, Lillooet, Cache Creek, Ashcroft, Fort St. John and Dawson Creek.

The telephone town halls give British Columbians an opportunity to share their priorities for the provincial budget. Residents with landlines, and those who have signed up online with their mobile phone numbers, will receive a call just before 7 p.m. to join the one-hour conversation. de Jong will take questions directly from callers and ask all participants to take part in a few poll questions that aim to get their priorities for the budget.

Residents with mobile phone numbers need to sign up on the budget conversation website available at http://engage.gov.bc.ca/budget2017/ if they want to participate in the telephone town halls. The technology is able to access only publicly listed phone numbers or numbers provided through the website.

de Jong also encourages those who are not able to join the town halls, or want another avenue to join the conversation, to visit the budget conversation website.

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