The new date of Tuesday

Town halls calls reset for Tuesday in Chilliwack and beyond

Telephone town halls give B.C. residents an opportunity to share what they see as priorities for the 2017 B.C. budget

Tuesday is the day slated for offering input on the B.C. budget by taking part in a one-hour town hall phone call.

These calls could end up shaping the budget.

The new date of Tuesday, Feb. 7, was rescheduled from Jan. 23, when they postponed the town hall calls across the Fraser Valley led by B.C. finance minister Michael de Jong, due to unforeseen circumstances.

“The telephone town halls give British Columbians a direct opportunity to share their priorities for B.C.’s Balanced Budget 2017,” according to the release.

Residents with landlines, and those who sign up online with their mobile numbers, will get a call just before 7 p.m. to join the one-hour conversation.

Communities set to take part are: Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Agassiz, Aldergrove, Deroche, Dewdney, Harrison Hot Springs, Harrison Mills, Lake Errock, City of Langley, Langley Township, Maple Ridge and Mission.

Minister de Jong will take questions from callers and ask them to take part in a few survey questions asking about budget priorities.

Residents using cell phones can sign up on the ‘budget conversation’ website at: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/budget2017/ if they want to participate in the telephone town halls.

The technology is able to access only publicly listed phone numbers or numbers provided through the website.

Minister de Jong also wanted to encourage those who are not able to join the convo, or want another avenue to do so, can check the website. Along with registering their mobile phone numbers for town halls, British Columbians can:

• participate in open forums on housing affordability, government priorities and economic growth including the BC Jobs Plan; and

• submit questions/comments to the minister.

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