Manitoba Finance Minister Scott Fielding made a stop in Flin Flon as he travels the province holding budget consultations. He says the top issue being raised for the budget is economic development which he says is a government priority as well.
Local issues raised with the Minister include more investment needed to attract exploration companies to Manitoba and moving the mines branch to Flin Flon so the focus is on the north, guaranteed multi-year funding for Friendship Centres and their youth, cultural and support programs, funding and more resources to keep zebra mussels out of our waters, Hudbay’s concern about a carbon tax taking money away from exploration and operations, assisting the community of Flin Flon after Hudbay shuts down, a Manitoba Saskatchewan emergency management office in the north, more co-operation between the two provinces on issues including Phantom Lake, personal care homes, health services and employment opportunities and Mayor Cal Huntley noted the need to have a base tax, to develop a way of working with outlying areas and rebates of the provincial sales tax to municipalities.
The Minister assured attendees they do listen to input from these sessions and it has resulted in changes in preparing past budgets. You can provide input on the budget online at engagemb.ca.