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.