I'm passing along the following notice provided to me by our National Office. You are encouraged to attend and have your say at the meeting.
The House Finance Committee
will be holding a pre-budget consultation meeting on
Tuesday 16 October
Sandman Hotel, Victoria, 2852 Douglas Street, in the Orchid Room
Time: 08:00 a.m.
House Finance Committee Travels West for Public Hearings on 15-18 October
Ottawa, October 10, 2018 —
"As announced on 11 September 2018, members of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance will be travelling throughout Western Canada during the week of 15 October in order to hear from individuals and groups about their priorities for the next budget. We encourage witnesses to focus remarks on economic growth and how to ensure Canada’s competitiveness. We also encourage all interested Canadians who were not invited to make a formal appearance before the Committee to take the opportunity to speak on these topics during the 'open mic' sessions at each meeting. In order to hear from as many individuals as our time allows, 'open mic' participants will have up to one minute to share their views," said the Honourable Wayne Easter, P.C., M.P., Chair of the House Finance Committee.
“‘Open mic’ sessions provide a great opportunity for Canadians to share their views regarding the upcoming budget and the Committee hopes that a large number of individuals will take advantage of it,” Mr. Easter concluded.
How to participate in the 'open mic' sessions for audience remarks:
There will be a 15 minute session for audience remarks at the beginning of each meeting, from 8:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., where the Committee will hear from a maximum of 15 individuals for up to one minute each, at the discretion of the Chair.
Individuals must sign up at the meeting room before 8:15 a.m. on the morning of the meeting. Sign up will be on a first come first serve basis.
If more than 15 individuals sign up, the remaining individuals can request to remain on the list for the second session of audience remarks, which will take place from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Those who do not indicate that they wish to remain on the list for the second session by 9:00 a.m. will be removed from the list.
The Committee will hear from a maximum of 30 individuals for up to one minute each, at the discretion of the Chair, during the second session. Individuals must sign up at the meeting room before 11:45 a.m. for the second session.
Please note that witnesses and members of the public will be required to undergo security screening and must provide photo identification before being given access to the meeting room. Line-ups may occur.