Input sought into federal budget

Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer, is asking residents to make their voices heard in advance of the federal government’s upcoming budget.

Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer, is asking residents to make their voices heard in advance of the federal government’s upcoming budget.

The government is consulting with Canadians from across the country, looking for suggestions on how to strengthen Canada’s economy and how to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of government.

Residents have until Jan. 25 to make a written submission to Dreeshen’s constituency office.

“I strongly believe hearing directly from Canadians is the best way to get input on how to help fuel job and economic growth in Central Alberta and across Canada,” said Dreeshen in a press release. He stressed that despite Canada’s strong economic performance, challenges to the global economy remain, and Canada can’t become complacent.

He is also meeting for roundtable discussions with business, academic and community leaders from Central Alberta. Dreeshen said ideas brought up in local pre-budget meetings are often reflected in the federal budget.

Local residents can email their submissions to earl.dreeshen.c1@parl.gc.ca or mail them to 100 A, 4315 55th Ave., Red Deer, AB.

The responses will then be presented to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.

Submissions can also be made directly to the federal Department of Finance.

More information can be found at www.fin.gc.ca.

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