Central Nova MP Sean Fraser (fourth from the left) will hosting pre-budget consultations on November 8 in Antigonish.

NEW GLASGOW: Central Nova MP Sean Fraser will be hosting a series of nine in-person pre-budget consultations.
These include a session on November 8 at The People’s Place Library in Antigonish, with the Antigonish Chamber of Commerce and businesses at 1 p.m., municipal and provincial representatives at 2 p.m. and at 3 p.m. organizations and non-profit groups.
Last February, MP Fraser and constituents from across the riding participated in a similar process, engaging in conversations about what priorities matter most to them, and what they believe should be reflected in Budget 2016.
“I always look forward to these conversations and this approach to understanding exactly what the needs of the people, organizations and businesses in our riding are,” said Fraser.
“Over the last year, we have hosted over 25 consultations and conversations like these. This approach allows for all constituents to have their voice heard, and to have their feedback and ideas put directly in front of the respective minister, and to be included in decisions at a federal level.”
Across the country, the 2016 pre-budget consultations had the highest-ever turnout on record, where the government reached over 250,000 people and received over 5,200 submissions.
Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau is also collecting pre-budget information on-line at: https://www.liberal.ca/your-say-budget-2017/.
Additionally, Fraser has also prepared a survey, specific to Central Nova, where all constituents, including individuals, business leaders, political figures and those representing groups or organizations are welcome to share their input for Budget 2017. The survey is available at: seanfrasermp.ca.
“Last year I was pleased to see direct themes and ideas that we spoke about together in Central Nova reflected in Budget 2016 such as rural broadband, the Canada Child Benefit, support for small craft harbours, community infrastructure and support for post-secondary institutions. This approach truly provides unprecedented opportunity and access to ensure that your voice is heard in Ottawa.”
All are welcome to attend sessions in the location that best suits their needs, and all are asked to RSVP to: sean.fraser@parl.gc.ca by November 4. Full details are available at: www.seanfrasermp.ca.