Video: Finance Minister Jim Flaherty introduces the Student Budget Consultation program.
TORONTO, Nov. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - High school students across Canada have
begun to take part in the 2014 Student Budget Consultation.
The Student Budget Consultation is a financial literacy and civic
education program that engages students in a study of federal revenues
and expenditures and inspires debate on major political issues.
Participating schools are provided with lessons, online videos,
PowerPoints and worksheets to facilitate the Student Budget
Consultation. The project has four themes:
Learn: Finance Minister Jim Flaherty leads a non-partisan video tutorial
outlining the concepts of revenues, expenditures, debt and deficit.
Debate: The Huffington Post's Althia Raj hosts a political panel with Jason
Lietaer, Robin MacLachlan and Susan Smith in a debate on major
political issues. This year's consultation is focused on Jobs and the
Economy, Energy and the Environment, Families and the anticipated
Compare: Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, Green leader Elizabeth May and
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance Andrew Saxton offer
their partisan opinions on budget priorities.
Consult: Students complete a survey conducted by Harris-Decima Interactive with
results to be submitted to the Minister of Finance and shared with
media and the public in early 2014.
Visit the consultation website to see the entire project: www.civix.ca/sbc/
The inaugural Student Budget Consultation held last year saw nearly
5,000 students participate from across Canada. They ranked "Paying down
the debt" as their number one fiscal priority.
More than 260 classes of high school students from all provinces have
already registered to take part in the 2014 Student Budget Consultation
that will run from now through to December 20th. Schools may still
register to participate in this free educational program by contacting
The Student Budget Consultation is a project of CIVIX - Canada's premier
civic education organization - and is supported through the generous
financial contribution of Interac, and the Youth Take Charge Program of
the Department of Canadian Heritage.
About CIVIX Canada
CIVIX is a national charitable organization building the capacity and
commitment of young Canadians to participate in their democracy.
CIVIX coordinates the highly regarded Student Vote program; a parallel
election for students under the voting age that coincides with official
election periods. In the last federal election, more than 563,000
elementary and high school students cast a Student Vote ballot on
official election candidates.
Video with caption: "Video: Finance Minister Jim Flaherty introduces the Student Budget
Consultation program.". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fw9NFuwrBkg
For further information:
President, CIVIX Canada