Public invited to give input on budget

Students will have chance to voice tuition concerns at 23 public budget-consultation sessions across Nova Scotia.

Representatives from the Canadian Federation of Students rallied today to tell the province how they feel tuition should be dealt with in the upcoming budget.

Over the next month and a half they will have more opportunities to repeat their message.

The Nova Scotia government announced earlier today the public will be able to provide their input about the upcoming budget.

In a news conference, Finance Minister Graham Steele said 23 public-consultation sessions will be held across Nova Scotia until the end of February, to discuss how get the province’s finances "Back to Balance."

Public Meeting Locations

  • Jan. 22 - Sydney
  • Jan. 23 - Port Hawkesbury
  • Jan. 25 - Bridgewater
  • Jan. 28 - Stellarton, Antigonish

And later meetings to be held in:

  • Amherst
  • Dartmouth
  • Digby
  • Eastern Passage
  • Kentville
  • Liverpool
  • Lower Sackville
  • Tantallon
  • Truro
  • Wolfville
  • Yarmouth

Steele said the sessions wouldn’t only allow for public opinion, but also give everyone a chance to see what dilemmas the province face in trying to balance the budget.

“The most difficult question facing government is not how to spend more money,” he said.

“The difficult question is where is the money is going to come from to do it?”

Premier Darrell Dexter said that it would be helpful to members of the federation to attend the meetings.

“I encourage the student associations to go to those consultations, and take part to make sure that their voice is heard,” he said.

“And over and above that they will also have benefit from having the opportunity to get more information and to see what requests are out there and what the consequences are if we aren’t able to balance the finances of the province.”

While locations are available up to Jan. 28, each later event will be released two weeks before the meeting, on the finance department's website.

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