Conseil du patronat du Québec wants the province to review its spending

Finance minister Nicolas Marceau
La Presse

The Conseil du patronat du Québec (CPQ) is calling on the government to be honest with Quebecers regarding the province's economic situation.

The organization's chief economist and researcher Norma Kozhaya said authorities need to show they have a plan for Quebec's finances.

"It is important that the government tells what the real situation is and what it intends to do to deal with the situation," Kozhaya told CJAD.

Quebec's largest employers group believes balancing the province's books should be the government's priority.

To do so, Kozhaya said officials need to review public spending and cut everything the province can't afford. Essentially, the key is to reduce spending now in order to increase spending later.

"We need to have a revision of all program funding in Quebec in order to align them with our wealth and our ability to pay," she declared.

"We have to control our spending and have a climat that is more conducive to investiments so that we can eventually finance more generous [public] programs."

The economist quoted $7-a-day daycares and the heavily-funded post-secondary education system as particularly expensive initiatives unique to Quebec.

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  1. Angelo Milo posted on 02/15/2014 06:46 PM
    Probably does not matter what the CPQ or any party for that matter has to say about the economy...the PQ is hell bent on doing it's own thing. So what they are a minority. Reminds me of the Quebec Bar or Louise Arbour being ignored when they voiced concerns about Bill60. So it goes.
  2. Joe posted on 02/15/2014 08:03 PM
    They are not going to listen to this just like they have listened to anything else anybody else has said about anything. Rumor has it they will table a budget then run to the provincial governor general and say that they want to hold an election because the Liberals or Caq will not support it, but I would prefer that the Liberals go to the office first to tell the governor general and tell them they are supporting the budget and hold them to it, so no election can be called and the population will see that the money is not there for the lies she is spewing.
  3. clint posted on 02/15/2014 09:25 PM
    You forgot to mention the bloated bureaucracy.
  4. AnneD_3569 posted on 02/16/2014 10:48 AM
    The CPQ who ever they are , need to right now arrest this corrupt ,dishonest bunch and put them on trial ! No use appealing For them to be "Honest" .That word is meaningless to this bunch. Anyone with half a brain can see the PQ have only " One Ore In The Water " We need 'economists' at the top here "with some power and backbone" to rein in these opportunists and narcissists and expose them for what they are !
    How much more are we willing to take from these ingrates ??? haven't we had a bellyful already ? Aren't we "mad as hell yet ? I AM !
  5. Chris Eustace posted on 02/16/2014 01:32 PM
    February 16, 2014

    The Conseil du patronat du Québec ( CPQ) is certainly on to something by asking the government to be " honest" with Quebecers regarding the economic situation.

    The CPQ wants the government " to review public spending" and "cut everything" that is not necessary and affordable...

    I'm reminded of a press release on Valentines Day put out by the Fédération des commission scolaire du Québec .

    The FCSQ said that three of its largest members (school boards) decided to withdraw their membership from the Federation.

    The three French school boards and amount saved to be reinvested in the classroom are : Marguerite-Bourgeoys ( $ 200,000 ) ; Marie Victorin ( $165,000) and Grandes-Seigneuries ( $115,000).

    Something similar happened last year concerning Quebec's universities. Half of them decided to withdraw their memberships from CREPUQ, the umbrella organization...
    Simply speaking, they said they didn't need someone to speak for them. CREPUQ lost about $2.5 million in membership fees.

    Anyway, the nine English school boards pay anywhere from $ 900, 000 to $ 1,000,000 to be members of the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA).

    In today's high-tech communications world, organizations such as the QESBA are not really needed.

    Consider the English Montreal and Lester B. Pearson school boards. They are as different as day and night. They are perfectly capable to speak for themselves.

    There is nothing really tangible that the QESBA has done for any student, classroom or school.

    I believe it is time for the English school boards to be " honest" with themselves and consider withdrawing their memberships from the QESBA and putting the savings into classrooms.

    As a school taxpayer in the LBPSB system, I would much prefer getting a bigger bang for my education tax dollar and seeing it go into a classroom rather than a board room.

    Chris Eustace

    (ret'd teacher)
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