PQ hands out goodies as hospitals run massive deficits
While rumours about a December election continue to fly, the Marois government continues to give money away.
There were two more announcements today: a $1.8 million grant for juicemaker Lassonde in Rougemont for its plant, and a $12.5 million loan to rebuild the Neptune Technologies factory in Sherbrooke that was partially destroyed by an explosion that killed three people last November.
While all of this is going on, there's a report that Montreal's health institutions are deep in the red.
The Journal de Montreal quotes figures from Montreal's regional health board suggesting the health network on the island of Montreal could run a deficit of $113 million by the end of the fiscal year in March 2014.
The Jewish General Hospital's projected deficit is a whopping $22 million deficit, in spite of an injection of $8 million dollars from the board, and even as it's directing more patients to clinics and other services around them.
The figures show the McGill University Health Centre is also on track run a deficit topping $20 million.