Dial up the finance minister for budget input

Michael de Jong takes calls from Okanagan, Shuswap, Similkameen and Boundary regions

Michael de Jong

Michael de Jong

Residents can pick up the phone and provide input on B.C.’s finances.

Finance Minister Michael de Jong will host a telephone conference call for Okanagan, Shuswap, Similkameen and Boundary residents Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. to get their input on the 2017 provincial budget.

Communities receiving calls include Vernon, Lake Country, Salmon Arm, Beaverdell, Bridesville, Christina Lake, Grand Forks, Greenwood, Hedley, Kaleden, Kelowna, Keremeos, Midway, Naramata, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Osoyoos, Peachland, Penticton, Princeton, Rock Creek, Summerland and Westbridge.

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

Residents with landlines, and those who have signed up online with their mobile phone numbers, will receive a call just before 7 p.m. to join the one-hour conversation. de Jong will take questions directly from callers and ask all participants to take part in a few poll questions that aim to get their priorities for the budget.

Residents with mobile phone numbers need to sign up on 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.

De Jong says that those residents who are not able to join the conference calls can visit the budget conversation website.