MHA’s Budget Town Hall will feature community leaders, discussion
St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers says a town hall she is hosting tomorrow night (Wednesday, May 4) will truly engage people in discussion on the 2016 provincial budget and may even come up with some suggestions for government.
“We'll look at a number of issues, how they are affected by the budget, and explore what we can do as a community,” said Rogers.
“I’ve invited experts or community leaders on different issues who will speak for a maximum of 3 minutes each at the front of the hall. Then folks are invited to choose a topic they are interested in and go to the table assigned that topic. Everyone gets the opportunity to discuss the issues for about 45 minutes and then each table reports back to the whole group.”
A similar format at one of Rogers’s earlier Town Halls eventually resulted in the creation of the Community Coalition for Mental Health. On hand to facilitate discussion will be more than a dozen community leaders including Mark Gruchy, Amelia Reimer, Mona Rossiter, Alison Coffin, Adam Cormier, Jenny Wright, Ruth Lawrence, Ryan Young, Kirby Mercer and Gail Brinston.
“Hopefully some tables may come up with an action, which could be anything from a petition, to requesting a meeting with the Minister, to holding a press conference, to forming a group, to who knows what!” Rogers said.
The Town Hall is set for Wednesday, May 4 at 7 p.m. at St. Teresa’s Hall on Mundy Pond Road. The building is fully wheelchair accessible; ASL interpretation will be provided.