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LETHBRIDGE - Finance Minister Doug Horner was in Lethbridge on Friday for public consultation on the 2014 Provincial Budget.


He's on a province wide tour trying to find out what the priorities should be moving forward. Horner feels it's important to come back every year given whats been going on in southern Alberta this summer with the flooding and events in the oil and gas sector, which are things that could change the dynamics and he won't get a good feel for what people are thinking unless he talks to them face to face.


Last year, the message they received from the public was for the government to live within their means. Horner is a bit surprised that so far the number one priority he's hearing at these sessions is to keep building infrastructure. He says "people are starting to feel the number of people that are coming to our province, in all corners of the province, I mean in Lethbridge you're feeling that there's a lot of people coming into the community. That means that you've got to build the school, you've got to build the hospital, you've got to build all those things, you've got to expand the university, you've got to expand the colleges. Those are the kinds of things we're hearing, you've got to build for that growth."


A representative for the Lethbridge NDP feels people should be very skeptical of an event like this. Shannon Phillips says "last fall the government did not come to the people of Lethbridge and indicate to them there were going to be massive cuts in post-secondary education, education and health care. They were in no way up front about the hundreds of jobs that were going to be lost out of the Lethbridge economy." Phillips adds "public consultation for this Progressive Conservative government is code word for doing nothing at all or bringing in something people won't like."


If you missed the session, you can still share your views through an online survey at by October 31st.

Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 4/16/2014 3:14:40 PM
Source: Tristan Tuckett - Country 95 News
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