FREDERICTON (GNB) – New Brunswickers are invited to share their priorities for the 2019-20 budget through the pre-budget engagement process starting today.

“We are asking the public to share ideas about how we can find efficiencies and bring our budget back to balance,” said Finance Minister Ernie Steeves. “We have some difficult choices to make in the next budget, and we are already looking for expenditure reductions that will help reduce our debt. But we need New Brunswickers to help by sharing their thoughts and ideas.”

Individuals can participate in Budget Dialogue 2019 throughout the month by completing an online survey, commenting online or making direct submissions via email or regular mail.

The 2019-20 provincial budget will be tabled in the legislative assembly on March 19.

The government has set out five challenges to guide its priorities for the budget which are:

  • Establishing balanced sustainability for public finances.
  • Energizing the private sector.
  • Making public health care accessible and dependable.
  • Building a world-class education system.
  • Providing every New Brunswicker with a pathway to the middle class.

“In the last 10 years, our debt has nearly doubled and it now represents more than $40,000 for every household in New Brunswick,” said Steeves. “I am inviting everyone to be part of this pre-budget conversation. I know that by working together, we can build a stronger financial future for our children and grandchildren.”

More information is available online.