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Budget Day event asks “How can we raise prosperity in B.C.?”

February 18, 2013

Sharon Manson Singer, SFU School for Public Policy, 778.782.7913,
Emily Ross, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151,

It’s only fitting that the first BC Population Prosperity Initiative (BCPPI) public dialogue, Growing BC’s Small Businesses Bigger, will coincide with the provincial government’s Budget Speech on February 19, says the initiative’s Simon Fraser University co-founder.

The event, one of three spring dialogues the BCPPI has planned, will focus on the economic benefits of growing B.C.’s small businesses bigger, especially for worker prosperity, and features Jock Finlayson, the Business Council of British Columbia’s executive vice-president and chief policy officer.

The goal of the BC Population Prosperity Initiative is to look at public policy options, engage the public to determine the most feasible options, and answer the question: What do the people of B.C. want in order to raise prosperity overall?

The other two BCPPI spring public dialogues will discuss the topic of Aboriginal education needs in B.C. with SFU School of Public Policy professor John Richards (March 26), and community engagement with Vancouver Foundation President and CEO Faye Wightman (April 23).

“We’re very excited to be exploring these vastly important issues with those most invested in them,” explains BCPPI co-founder Sharon Manson Singer.

“It’s our goal to bring people together to talk about the things that matter to them.”

The sessions will be documented. Aggregated on the School of Public Policy website, the outcomes of these dialogues will be available to local political parties as well as the media. Most importantly, Manson Singer notes, is that the results of the dialogues will be available to the public.

“It’s the public who needs to make these decisions,” adds Manson Singer.

What: BCPPI Spring Dialogue Series
February 19, March 26 & April 23, 7 p.m.
Rooms 1400-1430, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.
Cost: Free, register online.

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