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The new Finance minister, Éric Girard, has called into question this week by the relevance to the Québec government to publish a budget report each month.
In evidence, the surplus of $ 3 billion, unveiled by the most recent monthly report will no longer exist at the end of the year, said Mr. Girard.
According to him, forecasts, published only four times per year would give a fuller picture of the realistic financial position of Québec.
Checks are made, the solution advanced by Eric Girard is not the best.
Over the past four years, at the time of submitting its budget, the government planned to achieve a balanced budget. It is wrong each time.
During each of these years, the report published after five months, the same one that Mr. Girard calls into doubt, has given an indication a lot more realistic with the final result (see table).
The monthly report of the financial operations of the government of Quebec has been put in place in April 2006.
This tool has been launched “in order that citizens are able to better assess the financial situation of the government,” explained then the former minister of Finance, Michel Audet.
More accurate after 5 months
|| Forecasts of the budgetary balance
|| Results after five months ($M)
|| Results, at the end of the financial year ($M)
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