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Canadians Urged to Participate in Pre-Budget Consultations

(April 17, 2006) For the first time ever, the federal government is urging Canadians from coast to coast to participate in the budget process online. Minister of Finance James M. Flaherty has launched an online consultation process on the Department of Finance’s website allowing Canadians to provide their views to the government during the pre-budget consultation period.

Key issues for feedback include:

  • What would you like to see in the 2006 budget and future budgets?
  • If you propose further tax cuts—or spending increases—where should the government spend less?
  • How can the government deliver programs more efficiently and effectively?

Minister Flaherty and Parliamentary Secretary Diane Ablonczy will also be meeting with stakeholders as part of the pre-budget consultation process, which ends April 19.

The web-consultation page, including a background document, can be found on the Department of Finance Canada website at www.fin.gc.ca/activty/consult_e.html.

Submissions can be made by email at budget2006consult@fin.gc.ca, by fax at 613-992-0938 or mailed to Consultations and Communications Branch, Budget 2006 Consultations, Department of Finance Canada, 140 O'Connor St., 19th Floor, East Tower, L’Esplanade Laurier, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0G5.


AFP Asked to Participate in Pre-Budget Consultations

In addition, the Department of Finance asked AFP to participate in the pre-budget consultations held with Minister Flaherty in a discussion that will take place in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 18. The session, which will involve 12 to 15 representatives from a variety of groups including business, social service, non-governmental organizations, community leaders and the environment, will discuss the same issues and questions posed to the general public.

The informal discussion will feature Minister Flaherty with Parliamentary Secretary Diane Ablonczy acting as the moderator. Each participant will be given three minutes to briefly outline their organization’s priorities for Budget 2006 and beyond. 

Susan Mullin, CFRE, director of development for the York University Foundation in Toronto, Ontario, and chair of AFP’s Canadian Government Relations Committee, will testify on AFP’s behalf.  As has been the case over the past few years, AFP will urge the ministry to eliminate the capital gains tax on gifts of securities, an action that would do much to help the over 81,000 registered charities in Canada respond to ever increasing pressure to provide their broad range of services to the Canadian public.

“AFP is honoured to be invited by the Minister of Finance to participate in these pre-budget consultations,” says Paulette Maehara, CFRE, CAE, AFP president and CEO.  “This is a great opportunity for AFP to discuss with the minister the vital importance of the elimination of the capital gains tax on gifts of securities that is essential to ensure the survival and continued growth of the voluntary sector.”

AFP encourages all members to submit their comments to the Department of Finance by the April 19 deadline and will keep members apprised of the budget process through eWire.

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