November 28, 2021

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“Tough Choices” During the Mini Budget

By the end of next month’s mini-budget, some ministries will have to tighten their belts to provide the same public services to citizens.

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“We are not in austerity, we are in efficiency,” Treasury Board chairperson Sonia Lebel told a news conference this morning.

He acknowledged that due to the post-epidemic economic situation in Quebec, health investments and the rising cost of living, the government would have to impose restrictions on other sectors.

Finance Minister Eric Girard

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Finance Minister Eric Girard

“We have already been on this perspective since the beginning of our mandate. We need to understand that we are not cutting the budget. But the services should remain the same. We are talking about efficiency,” he said.Me Label. “With less money, do the same things.”

So the government has to make tough choices. “Governing is always a matter of choice,” Consul du Treasure said.

Towards gels

Finance Minister Eric Girard reaffirms that the priorities of the Caucasus government are health, education and the economy.

“If we have a high growth rate in health, we will have a low growth rate for other jobs. But, overall, all budget items will continue to increase,” the minister promised.

Already in the last budget, the evolution of health and education spending in 2022-2023 provided for growth of 3% to 4%. For other departments, however, the Quebec government expects a 0.2% cut over the same period.

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The Minister excludes the increase in the tax burden to fund these services.

Instead, the government will introduce cuts in its November mini-budget to mitigate the rising cost of living for Cubs due to high inflation.

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