FREDERICTON (GNB) – New Brunswickers are invited to attend upcoming public meetings focused on priorities for the 2017-18 budget.

The nine meetings will be held throughout the province from Nov. 16 to Dec. 5.

“Your government is committed to listening and taking the time to consult on what matters most to New Brunswickers,” said Finance Minister Cathy Rogers. “We understand how important creating jobs, growing the economy and securing health care and education are to New Brunswickers and their families. We have made those our priorities, too.” 

Rogers said the government was grateful for the significant public feedback during the Strategic Program Review process, as well as the recent economic summits, and is committed to continuing that dialogue. This year’s pre-budget consultation process will again focus on listening to New Brunswickers and identifying future government priorities.

“Your government has a plan in place to balance the books by 2020-21 and we are seeing positive results,” said Rogers. “We are witnessing positive trends that will position New Brunswick for further economic growth. With these consultations I am looking forward to hearing New Brunswickers’ feedback on our fiscal plan and gathering insight on what they see as priority areas for the 2017-18 budget.”

Following is a full schedule of public meetings:

Fredericton – Wednesday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Fredericton Convention Centre – 670 Queen St.

Florenceville-Bristol – Thursday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Carleton North High School, 30 School St.

Moncton – Monday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Delta Beausejour, 750 Main St.

Neguac – Tuesday, Nov. 22, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Centre scolaire communautaire La fontaine, 700 Principale St.

Bathurst – Wednesday, Nov. 23, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
K. C. Irving Regional Centre, Paul Ouellette Rm., 850 St. Anne St.

Edmundston – Tuesday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Centre de congrès, 74 Canada Rd.

Balmoral – Wednesday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Balmoral Community Centre, 21 du Centre St.

Saint Andrews – Thursday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
NBCC campus, 99 Augustus St.

Saint John – Monday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Delta Brunswick, 39 King St.