Newspaper article The Canadian Press

MPs to Hear Testimony from about 90 Witnesses during Four-Day Pre-Budget Blitz

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

MPs to Hear Testimony from about 90 Witnesses during Four-Day Pre-Budget Blitz

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MPs to hear testimony during pre-budget blitz

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OTTAWA - About 90 witnesses will have a chance to have their say on the coming budget during a four-day lobbying blitz later this month.

The House of Commons finance committee has agreed to hear them during pre-budget consultations scheduled Feb. 16-19.

The compressed format is designed to leave enough time for a report to be written and translated before the budget's release.

The Liberal government has yet to reveal a date for the budget, but it is expected in March.

The committee also intends to ask Finance Minister Bill Morneau to testify during hearings that are expected to last six hours a day.

Committee members say the result won't be as complete as in past years due to the brief window before the budget, but several say it will at least put the advice on the public record. …

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