Quebec finance minister says budget is "predatory federalism"

Nicolas Marceau
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Calling the latest federal budget "disappointing" and "worrying," Quebec minister Nicolas Marceau says Ottawa is creating a new fiscal imbalance, infringing on Quebec jurisdiction, and ignoring nearly all of the provinces demands.

"So, we can talk about predatory federalism," Marceau said.

He said the federal government has ignored the demand to not have tolls on the Champlain bridge, that it provided money to the Ontario industry without giving similar funding to Quebec's forestry industry, and that it is trespassing on Quebec's domains of health care and post-secondary education.

Marceau says the federal government will achieve a surplus next year, despite the mounting pressure on Quebec to fund health care and deal with its aging population, creating a new "fiscal imbalance."

He is also unhappy with the Conservatives' plan to push ahead with a new workplace training program, which Quebec wants to opt-out of in order to continue running its own system.

The federal government has given the provinces' until April 1st to sign an agreement. Quebec's minister calls this a veiled threat.

"They are putting a knife to our throats," says Marceau.

No credibility

The Liberals says the PQ is not dealing with a fiscal imbalance, but rather its own incompetence in its ability to manage its own budget.

Pierre Paradis also says the party negotiates in bad faith and gains nothing.

"It's either the game of the 'empty chair' or aggression," says the Liberal finance critic.

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  1. clint posted on 02/11/2014 08:16 PM
    health care
    training programs
    Yea the PQ have been doing an excellent job in these areas.
    Looks like the Feds want to be sure their money is well spent.
  2. Mike d posted on 02/11/2014 08:27 PM
    Haha can't wait for the PQ budget.
  3. Enzo posted on 02/11/2014 09:11 PM
    Did anyone expect a separatist government to say anything different? They still want to have their cake and eat it too - whining about the feds infringing on their jurisdiction and then whining to "opt out" of a program they don't like WHICH IS UNDER FEDERAL JURISDICTION (the job training)
  4. George Grummett posted on 02/11/2014 09:25 PM
    ... said the Quebec government's Minister of Toxicological Initiatives ...
  5. sam posted on 02/11/2014 10:54 PM
    but you can't always have everybody else's cake and eat it too,
  6. Michael posted on 02/12/2014 12:54 AM
    The PQ have zero credibility on economic matters, unlike Jim Flaherty and the Conservative government.

    Pretty much the exact opposite of everything the PQ says is true. If the PQ says the federal budget is disappointing, it means that it is actually encouraging. It's their job to complain about the federal government no matter how good a job the feds are doing (and the feds are doing a pretty good job).
    1. joeN posted on 02/12/2014 08:12 AM
      @Michael Glass half full vs Glass half empty kind thing.
  7. LMAO posted on 02/12/2014 06:23 AM
    He said the federal government has ignored the demand to not have tolls on the Champlain bridge.

    Absolutely we the PQ will squeem and squeem because you wont pay to totally replace the infrastructure we have neglected for years in favor of pouring money onto Zenaphobic pursuits. I guess they will be the next excuse for the deepening deficit in Quebec as they have already played the Liberal blame card.
  8. roger posted on 02/12/2014 08:08 AM
    the faster the P.Q. are defeated the better off we will be,, Its time they were replaced
  9. I love it posted on 02/12/2014 10:23 AM
    Just confirming his and the PQ lack of skills and intelligence; their results speak for themselves.
  10. Kat posted on 02/12/2014 11:59 AM
    LOVE what the Liberals said.
    Quebec has done nothing but made threats and warnings - Pauline to the Charbonneau commission, the guy at the Charter hearings and have been ignoring the Provinces real problems- instead making themselves look busy by making up none issues.
    The PQ doesn't want the Feds to control Health care and education (which they having been doing so well with lately - not.)so that they can have easy sailing once they separate - they "think"
  11. joey posted on 02/12/2014 12:05 PM
    the PQ dont even know how to think they were all born yesterday if u check. in one year they have done more damage then 10 years. the only thing they will have is french no more roads bridges or houses just a bunch of bums on a corner speaking french and yelling at eachother
  12. Fred posted on 02/12/2014 01:00 PM
    Well well, What else is new, The PQ complaining again because it did get control of any money. Any money given for programs in Quebec alwasys seems to disappear in to othere areas unknoown to all..Look at the latest gwm. $100,000,000.from infastructure to go to transit..Updating transit is good but may not have the crumbling road and overpasses and bridges for them to travel on. So much were they banking on Ottawa to bail them out, they now have a really major problem figuring out what to do nest. With no budget forcast in the fututure this province seems to be heading up the creek with out that proverbial paddle.
  13. George73 posted on 02/12/2014 04:23 PM
    God forbid the Feds should trespass on Quebecs jurisdiction when it comes to health care and post-education.

    Is this not the same government that has instructed Quebec tax payer funded hospitals to turn away patients based on postal code. That has refused to provide a hospital for 150K people in Vaudreuil-Soulanges while Marois' own riding of 80K people gets a second hospital?

    Is this not the same government that is holding up the transfer of the Veterans Hospital in St Anne de Bellevue because they dont want to agree to providing care in both languages as is the patients' rights?

    Is this not the same government that wanted to include a "French Language Test" for all English CEGEPs while not requiring those in French CEGEPs to take the same test?

    God forbid that the Feds would want to be seen supporting policies that not only contravene the law, but also plain common human decency.
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