PQ's Marceau blames "accounting standards" for budget shortfall

Finance minister disputes auditor-general's findings

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.

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  1. George73 posted on 03/06/2014 03:39 PM
    Accounting standards that show that he wasn't in control? And this guy taught at the University of Sherbrooke. He better hope he gets re-elected.
  2. LMAO posted on 03/06/2014 05:46 PM
    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.

    So now they say the Auditor General can't count - too funny.
  3. joeN posted on 03/07/2014 08:35 AM
    Yes, that's right it's the fault of the accounting rules not the Finance minister and his band of dreamweavers at revenu quebec. Maybe Macel Marceau should stick to mime instead of finance.
  4. Paul D. posted on 03/07/2014 12:22 PM
    PHOTO: I love how René Lévesque is hiding behind the signage... he looks ashamed and embarrassed. Also, the signage says; "Plus Accueillant", in face of the new charter that is truly laughable. Actually Québec is none of those things, it's not more prosperous, it's not stronger, it's not more independent... it's all just propaganda!!!
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