News Release Article from  Department of Finance Canada

2016 Pre-Budget Consultations Achieve Highest-Ever Turn Out

Online Consultations Continue as Finance Minister and Parliamentary Secretary  Conclude Cross-Canada Pre-budget Consultations This Weekend

January 16, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance

In a speech to the Surrey Board of Trade today, Finance Minister  Bill Morneau announced that tens of thousands of Canadians have engaged and  shared their thoughts through meetings, events and through online channels – the  highest-ever turnout for pre-budget consultations on record.

Today’s speech concluded the Minister’s portion of a cross-Canada  pre-budget consultation tour to solicit Canadians’ views on how best to support  the middle class, grow the economy, and create long-term prosperity for all  Canadians.

The Minister’s tour, titled “Growing our Economy Together”  included upwards of 19 roundtables, meetings, chats and panels, in Halifax,  Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Vancouver and Surrey.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance  François-Philippe Champagne is also hosting a series of pre-budget consultations  across Canada. His tour will end in Yellowknife on January 17.

In all, 14 cities were part of the official tours, and Members of  Parliament from across Canada also held pre-budget consultations within their  communities in an effort to engage Canadians in the lead-up to Budget 2016.

In addition, Canadians have been actively participating through  various digital channels. Launched on January 6, 2016, the online consultation  website has already received 2,000 official submissions from individuals and  groups, including  a single-day boost of over 500 submissions on January 14  alone.

A Google Hangout and two separate Facebook Live chats with various Canadian universities drew in  tens of thousands of Canadians who tuned in live to hear the  Minister respond to questions.

Canadians are encouraged to continue this dialogue by sending their  comments and ideas via the website, or comment  via Twitter using #PBC16. These channels will remain open to Canadians in the  coming weeks.

Quick Facts

    • The consultations officially began on January 6 via Google Hangout with eight  Canadian universities.
    • Over the course of his six-day tour, the Minister of Finance hosted upwards of 19  separate meetings and roundtables with stakeholders and Canadians.
    • When his tour concludes Sunday, the Parliamentary Secretary will have hosted 7  additional roundtables.
    • The Minister spoke to full capacity crowds at the Halifax Chamber of Commerce,  Montreal’s Council on Foreign Relations, and the Surrey Board of Trade, with a  total attendance of well over 1000 people.
    • Since launching the online consultations, over 2,000 submissions have been made by  Canadian individuals and organizations – and thousands more continue to reach  out through Twitter, using the hashtag #PBC16.
    • Two separate Facebook Live events hosted by Dalhousie University  and the University of Calgary respectively gave nearly 80,000 Canadians an  opportunity to submit questions to the Minister and view the town hall live.
    • Submissions can continue to be made online through


“We were elected on a plan to grow the economy, but we know we don’t have all the answers. That’s why we asked  Canadians to come to the table and share their ideas. Today, I am far more enlightened than I was six days ago, but most of all, profoundly  grateful for the positive feedback I’ve been receiving from Canadians across our  great country. To the tens of thousands of you who have added your voice, I wish  to say: Message received.”

-Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance

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