PQ wrestles against Auditor General's review
Quebec's auditor general has announced he will give an independent assessement of the Marois government's fall financial update.
The decision comes despite the Parti Quebecois' efforts to block his involvement.
"We are trying to give the auditor a role he doesn't have," says minister Stéphane Bédard, the president of the Treasory board.
"What's clear is that we're in the middle of a tactic for creating a diversion," he says.
The Parti Quebecois has twice voted against having the auditor look over its books this fall.
The PQ has also blocked an opposition move to have the auditor general appear before a National Assembly committee.
However, the minority government lost a vote in the blue room last month that called for an auditor's review. Today, the auditor general announced he would do exactly that once the numbers are public.
The Liberals' Pierre Paradis says he's not sure whether the finance minister will release the figures in time "because if he goes through their books, and if people have the real numbers, they know what will happen in the ballot box."
The finance minister has said he will provide an economic update before the end of October. This may give the auditor little time to work.
The government is widely rumoured to be considering an election call for November 6th.
photo of: Pierre Paradis