Lisée responds to Parizeau, says weak economy is Liberals' fault

Former premier Jacques Parizeau's opinion piece in Monday's edition of the Journal de Montréal is making waves in Quebec City.

The 83-year-old Parizeau — who also served as René Lévesque's finance minister in the 1970s and 80s— suggested today that Quebec's economy faces imminent doom without some immediate and radical changes.

Jean-Francois Lisée, the international relations minister — and a former close advisor to Parizeau during the period of the 1995 referendum — says he's always interested in anything Parizeau has to say. And he suggests he's right when he says Quebec's economy lags behind other economies on the continent.

But Lisée blames nine years of Quebec Liberal misrule for the province's economic situation.

"They dismantled fiscal credits for innovation that put us behind," Lisée says. "They let corruption go rampant and hike our costs for infrastructure. They dismantled Investment Quebec...whose work it was to bring foreign investment to Quebec."

Parizeau says he's worried about the economic future of Quebec for the first time in 30 years, and that the province needs some shock therapy to make things better.

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  1. Joseph posted on 02/10/2014 04:31 PM
    Nothing new that the PQ will blame the Liberals for the economy. These pinheads have no idea on how to run a government and they blame others. Maybe the Liberals did make some mistakes, but this government thrives on their own stupidity.
  2. markR posted on 02/10/2014 04:40 PM
    Mr. Lisee if you are reading the CJAD comments, I suggest you stop blaming others for the PQ mismanagement and incompetence. You have been in power a little over a year now and you have made more damage to our province (yes province not a country) in the short term than what you are accusing the Liberals of doing. Remember it took 10 years of liberal management to correct the dismal PQ mismanagement of your prior reign. Please, spare us your nonsense and stop taking us for fools. You either call an election or continue to embarass Quebec on the Global Scene.
  3. clint posted on 02/10/2014 04:40 PM
    "Lisée blames nine years of Quebec Liberal misrule for the province's economic situation"
    This should read...."FIFTY years of POLITICAL misrule for the province's economic situation"....because neither party has done any favors for Kweebec...EVERY party that gets elected blames the situation on the previous government.
  4. JG posted on 02/10/2014 04:57 PM
    That is right, blame it on the Liberals. But when the Liberals were in power, homes around here sold in 2 weeks. Now homes are on the market for months and months. So whose fault might that be??? hmmmm.......I would take Liberal economics over PQ economics any day.
    1. Really posted on 02/10/2014 06:24 PM
      @JG Most importantly who is to blame that they are on the market at all?
  5. Joe posted on 02/10/2014 05:03 PM
    Even if he thinks he is right, isn't a government supposed to correct the situation, oh yes sorry they are, they created the Charter of Values, not that will fix it......What a Moron.
    1. Kat posted on 02/11/2014 02:53 PM
      @Joe Whoever implemented bill 101 is to blame. As well as the PQ gov's incapability of governing, their bad treatment of business and the continuous self entitlement of the separatists and having this politically legalized racism in our culture, opened the flood gates for tax payers and businesses to leave Quebec.
      When the races have become equal maybe we can fix it - we could probably start with getting rid of Bill 101.
  6. Chris posted on 02/10/2014 05:09 PM
    And the correct answer would have been "And here's what we're doing to fix it..."
  7. maria posted on 02/10/2014 05:51 PM
    And did anyone expect anything less, from him (lisee) - But did they read the report they are saying in the last year the Quebec economy has tanked, - but of course they did't read the report , they as always read and listen to what they want and then twist it to their benefit!!! Lets grow up Mr. P.Q. stop acting so childish "No he did it" like a child on a school play yard.
  8. Theo posted on 02/10/2014 05:54 PM
    Parizeau could have said this pre-PQ or pre-Sept. 2012. He did not so Lisee can't point fingers at the Liberals.
  9. jonico posted on 02/10/2014 06:24 PM
    Didn't the PQ say they would balance the budget during election campaign? Perhaps M. Lisee forgot that very important piece of information, but that's all you separatists do, blame everybody but yourselves. Maybe you should have concentrated on economy instead of dividing the province. PQ party should rename themselves as DUPLESSIS party.
  10. LMAO posted on 02/10/2014 06:26 PM
    But Lisée blames nine years of Quebec Liberal misrule for the province's economic situation.

    Sorry Mr Lise but its your 2.5 Billion deficit not anyone else's. It is also your party politics that continues to drive our province into the toilet.
  11. steve posted on 02/10/2014 08:04 PM
    Man oh man! It is incredible how much they count on the ignorance and stupidity of their power base.Truly unbelievable!
  12. GJ posted on 02/10/2014 10:25 PM
    What could one expect from an incompetent government. Excuses are tools of the incompetent used to build monuments to nothing. I have never seen such propaganda. The annoying and incredibly frustrating part is a big part of the province actually believes it. Any business that functioned like this would have been bankrupted and sued by it's investors. Take a look at your tax burden, I mean really take a look. Add up your income tax, sales tax, gas tax, school tax, car registration, drivers licence fees and all the other "taxes" and see what you are left with. Where did your money actually go?
  13. Paul posted on 02/11/2014 09:15 AM
    There is no denying that what he says about the Liberals is correct.
    The Charest years mark the height of corruption in Quebec and in Montreal.

    Also, Mr Charest increased the provincial sales tax by a whopping 2% right across the board at a time when the economy is weak. How does this help the economy?

    Why we keep voting Liberal is beyond me. (They even increased the number of language police).

    However, Mr Lizee takes no responsibility for anything. Typical Quebec politician.
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