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Your Chance to Make Poverty Reduction a BC Budget Priority

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The BC Legislature’s Standing Committee on Finance is currently touring the province and collecting submissions (verbal and written) on what people think the province’s priorities should be for the 2011 BC Budget.

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives economist Iglika Ivanova recently appeared before the committee last week. In “Our Priorities for BC Budget 2011? she argues that the $2.1 billion unexpected windfall revenues that Minister Hansen announced earlier this month should be re-invested in the people of BC (instead of being directed towards tax cuts or applied to reducing the deficits and the provincial debt). She recommend investing the money into a comprehensive poverty reduction plan for the province. Read more.

We would like to encourage all of you to make a submission to this year’s BC Budget Consultation process. It’s very important to make individual submissions and let the government know what choices you would make for provincial finances.

For inspiration, you can take a view the slides Iglika prepard for the CCPA presentation to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services.

We have until October 15th to speak up about our priorities, so let’s make our voices heard. Schedule of Public Hearings.