Message from the Minister
and Accountability Statement

Photograph -- Honourable Carole Taylor.British Columbia is recognized as a leader in Canada for its sound fiscal management, strong economy, and the innovative delivery of programs and services.

This leadership was achieved by setting clear service plan goals and fiscal targets and achieving results. This Ministry of Finance 2007/08 – 2009/10 Service Plan continues this proven approach.

The ministry's first goal is to ensure a balanced budget. A balanced budget allows government to sustain and protect the delivery of programs and services that British Columbians rely on. Prudent fiscal management is the foundation on which we can achieve our goals to improve literacy, health outcomes, supports for those in need, a sustainable environment and job creation.

A strong, vibrant, and competitive economy creates jobs, opportunities and improves the standard of living for British Columbians. To achieve this goal, the Ministry of Finance will continue to maintain a competitive tax and regulatory environment that encourages investment and innovation.

British Columbia is a leader in open and transparent financial, governance, and performance frameworks. The Ministry of Finance will continue to play a pivotal role in ensuring good governance and accountability for results — factors that are essential to the effective and efficient delivery of programs and services.

As citizens and taxpayers, British Columbians are entitled to accurate and timely information on the Province's policies, programs, services and opportunities. The Public Affairs Bureau will pursue new approaches to communicate with British Columbians where they live and when they want it.

In advance, I want to thank all the professional and talented individuals in the Ministry of Finance and Associated Entities. British Columbians can be proud of their dedication to public service and I am privileged to work with them as we turn these important goals into concrete results.

The Ministry of Finance and Associated Entities 2007/08 – 2009/10 Service Plan was prepared under my direction in accordance with the Budget Transparency and Accountability Act. I am accountable for the basis on which the plan has been prepared.

All material fiscal assumptions and policy decisions as of February 12, 2007, have been considered in preparing the plan, and I am accountable for achieving the specific objectives in the plan.

Honourable Carole Taylor
Minister of Finance

February 12, 2007

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