Interim auditor general Michel Samson says the Parti Quebecois' spring budget should have carried a $5.7 Billion dollar predicted deficit, rather than the $1.75 Billion dollar one the government transmitted to the public.
Samson says he had not spotted the gap before the election, because civil servants had refused him access to certain key information, such as the cost of renewing each program.
"My report presented in February 2014 also showed an incomplete portrait given the MFQ's (finance ministry's) refusal to give me access to relevant information," says Samson.
The auditor general says he's had better collaboration while producing this latest report, but he also notes that governments generally do not give access to this type of data, which makes it difficult to access how realistic their budgets are.
Samson also says he agrees with the assessment that Quebec's finances are about to hit a wall.
He says it's time to make permanent long-term decisions, and that a hiring freeze in the civil service is only a temporary solution.
A political order
Despite Samson qualifying the PQ budget projection as "unreasonable," the PQ's former finance minister and the former president of the Treasury board both say they would have attained the goal.
Stéphane Bédard and Nicolas Marceau are also calling the auditor's report a "political order."
"I have nothing against the auditor general. I'm simply saying the Liberal government gave certain numbers...it's obvious," says Nicolas Marceau.