VICTORIA - The B.C. government has hired an economist to look over its pre-election budget, giving what the finance minister says is added assurance to its economic forecasts.

Former Bank of Montreal chief economist Tim O'Neill will review the work done by Finance Ministry staff as the 2013 budget is finalized.

O'Neill will present his assessment of the government's economic and revenue forecasts to Finance Minister Mike de Jong before the budget is released Feb. 19.

De Jong says O'Neill's analytical skills and outstanding reputation will help uphold the government's commitment to fiscal transparency.

It's unclear how much O'Neill contract will cost, and B.C.'s auditor general does a review of the provincial budget after it's been delivered.

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    Mike de Jong

  • Deputy Premier, Minister of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas, Minister Responsible for Housing

    Rich Coleman

  • Minister of Health

    Margaret MacDiarmid

  • Minister of Education

    Don McRae

  • Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation

    Ida Chong

  • Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure

    Mary Polak

  • Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

    Steve Thomson

  • Minister of Agriculture

    Norm Letnick

  • Minister of Justice and Attorney General

    Shirley Bond

  • Minister of State for Small Business

    Naomi Yamamoto

  • Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour

    Pat Bell

  • Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology and Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism

    John Yap

  • Minister of Social Development

    Moira Stilwell

  • Minister of Environment

    Terry Lake

  • Minister of State for Seniors

    Ralph Sultan

  • Minister of Citizens' Services and Open Government

    Ben Stewart

  • Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development

    Bill Bennett

  • Minister of Children and Family Development

    Stephanie Cadieux