The finance minister is rolling up his sleeves, listening to what members of the public and organizations have to say about what should be included in the budget. And while Charles Sousa is taking in a consultation in Windsor, the province's finance committee is taking notes at Queen's Park at a meeting there.
The government uses these consultations as a way to get ideas for the budget. Special interest groups ask for funding or policy changes.
Sid Ryan of the Ontario Federation of Labour wants a people's budget, noting austerity doesn't work. The Ontario Pharmacists' Association wants the power to diagnose things like poison ivy and pink eye.
The Ontario Health Coalition spoke about clinic oversight, specifically billing practises.
The committee heard from a list of others, including the Ontario Nurses' Association, CUPE Ontario, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Music Canada.
These consultations are going on all over the province this month with the budget being tabled in the spring.