PQ finance minister and Rousseau candidate Nicolas Marceau began the first full day of campaigning by defending his economic record and platform.
Speaking at PQ headquarters in Montreal, Marceau defended his fiscal leadership by pinning part of the deficit on a dispute with Quebec's auditor-general.
Two weeks ago, auditor general Michel Samson described the PQ budget as "ambitious" - he pointed to a $626-million shortfall. Marceau said the discrepancy was due to a dispute over "accounting standards" related to transfers to municipalities, adding that four accounting firms supported his position.
Marceau criticized the Liberal economic plan for missing the point on key issues like energy development, and the CAQ's for inventing numbers.
CAQ leader Francois Legault is trying to fire people that weren't supposed to be hired to begin with, Marceau said.
Under Marceau, Quebec's deficit for 2012-2013 was at least $2.5-billion.