Seeking Ontarians' input for a stronger Ontario

    Finance Minister Kicks off Pre-Budget Consultations in London

    TORONTO, Oct. 30 /CNW/ -


    Finance Minister Dwight Duncan is launching his annual pre-budget
consultations today in London, the first stop in a province-wide series that
continues the open dialogue between the McGuinty government and the citizens
of Ontario.
    The consultations provide the opportunity for individuals, organizations,
associations and other stakeholders to engage in a discussion with the
Minister on ways to promote growth in Ontario's economy, in advance of the
2009 Budget.


    "I look forward to hearing the views of my fellow Ontarians on what more
the government can do during this period of global economic uncertainty to
promote economic growth and job creation," said Duncan. "These consultations
are a good example of how we can work together to continue delivering the
services most important to Ontarians."

    "Our five-point economic plan has helped prepare Ontario to weather the
current challenges," Duncan said. "The McGuinty government has taken a prudent
and balanced approach while maintaining the ability to respond quickly to
changing circumstances."


    -  In addition to meeting with business and community leaders on an
       ongoing basis, further pre-budget consultations will be held in
       Sault Ste. Marie, Windsor, Ottawa, Toronto and Thunder Bay.

    -  New this year, the pre-budget consultations will include a pilot
       video conference session, in an effort to use technology to obtain
       additional input from citizens, while at the same time reducing
       travel expenditures and encouraging a greener Ontario.

    -  The pilot video conference will take place on November 3, 2008. The
       consultation in Sault Ste. Marie will be joined by the Sudbury
       session via video conference.

    -  There are many other ways for individuals to take part in the 2009
       Pre-Budget Consultations. Take the online poll
       participate in the e-consultations
       ( or send a
       submission by mail, e-mail or fax.


    Watch videos (
    of Minister Duncan talking about the 2009 pre-budget consultations.

    Read the 2008 Fall Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review
    (or Fall Economic Statement), which updates the province's fiscal outlook
    as of the second quarter of the 2008/09 fiscal year.

    Find out more about the government's five-point economic plan

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For further information:

For further information: Alicia Johnston, Minister's Office, (416)
325-3645; Sam Colalillo, Ministry of Finance, (416) 325-1309

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