Province planning telephone town hall for Okanagan

Liberals looking for feedback on 2017 budget

Have something you want to tell the provincial government about how it spends your money?

Here’s your chance.

Provincial Finance Minister Michael de Jong will be hosting a telephone town hall for residents of the Okanagan on Monday, January 16, at 7 p.m. to get their input on the 2017 provincial budget.

South Okanagan communities receiving calls include Osoyoos, Oliver and Okanagan Falls. Calls will also come from Beaverdell, Bridesville, Christina Lake, Grand Forks, Greenwood, Headley, Hope, Kaleden, Kamloops, Kelowna, Keremeos, Merritt, Midway, Naramata, Peachland, Penticton, Princeton, Rock Creek, Salmon Arm, Summerland, Vernon, Westbridge, and Winfield.

The telephone town halls are being promoted as giving British Columbians a direct opportunity to share their priorities for B.C.’s Balanced Budget 2017.

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 the budget conversation website available at 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 also encourages those who are not able to join the town halls, or want another avenue to join the conversation, to visit the budget conversation website. Along with registering their mobile phone numbers for town halls, British Columbians can:

  • participate in open dialogue forums on housing affordability, government priorities and economic growth including the BC Jobs Plan; and
  • submit questions or comments to the minister.