OQLF cut under first Leitao budget

Carlos Leitao
Angelica Montgomery/CJAD

The Office Quebecoise de la Langue Française has not escaped the axe in the first budget issued under Philippe Couillard.

The organization's 24 million dollar budget will be cut in 2014-2015 by $350,000.

The Liberals have listed a number of cuts in other ministries and organizations. Here's a quick snap-shot:

-$190 million cut from the Transport ministry

-$4 million cut from the Tourism ministry

-$845,000 cut from the Régie du Logement, the board that hears disagreements between renters and landlords

-$9.4 million cut from the Environment ministry

-$55 million cut from the Employment ministry

-$29 million cut from the ministry of Energy and Natural Resources

-$8 million cut from the Immigration ministry -$10 million from International Relations

Other ministries may experience tight budgetary controls, despite a budget increase.

The health care system has been granted a 3 percent increase in its budget, which Quebec's nurses union says will not be sufficient to cover the rising costs.

West island train

The Leitao budget does not set aside any specific money for a train service to the West Island. The budget slots public transport to the West Island as a subject for study.

The president of the Treasury Board, Martin Coiteux, says by law the project must first be listed for study before it can proceed.

"It doesn't mean that we are just at the initial stage," says Coiteux, "but in order to put it in the planning stage and later on in the realization stage, we need to go through particular steps."

Carlos Leitao says the West Island train remains one of his government's top priorities.

"We'll be four years in government so we have time," says the finance minister.


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  1. LMAO posted on 06/04/2014 06:53 PM
    The organization's 24 million dollar budget will be cut in 2014-2015 by $350,000.

    This amounts to next to nothing considering the millions the previous PQ added to their budget.
  2. Joe posted on 06/04/2014 09:49 PM
    Shame on the Liberal Government for not cutting more if not all of this useless department's money and cutting in more important areas. I guess being bilingual is not as important as Coulliard mentioned in his famous debate statement.
  3. Jenny Z posted on 06/04/2014 10:19 PM
    350,000$ what is that? So two salaries are cut... But I guess it is SOMETHING! Next budget cut a few million from the OQLF! Baby steps .. Kudos Mr. Leitao!!
    1. Richard posted on 06/05/2014 12:17 PM
      @Jenny Z Well said Jenny Z.................... Baby steps. ......... Maybe next time they'll be giant strides!
  4. Murray posted on 06/04/2014 10:35 PM
    By what % were the salaries of MNAs and the Ministers cut? How about linking their pay to performance?
  5. SandraC posted on 06/05/2014 12:13 AM
    It seems odd to me that they would barely scratch the surface of the OQLF budget. Oh no! They'll only get 23.6 million. Yet they can cut 4 million out of the tourism budget. Considering that tourism actually GENERATES monies, I wonder why they'd cut so much out of that, and not even cut a half mil from the "Language Police".
  6. James posted on 06/05/2014 12:14 AM
    So the OQLF is cut by less than 2% and it's worth that headlines ?
  7. Paul posted on 06/05/2014 06:24 AM
    $350K out of a $24 million budget is peanuts.
  8. OPINION posted on 06/05/2014 11:16 AM
    OQLF was spared without say.Wow 350,000 CUTS.
    First of all they should get rid of the whole department we do not need language police,in our province.Take the 24 million and share it between health and schoolboards.
    That should be the liberal's party agenda.
    Education is the out most importance and health, not some inspecters walking the city with a freaking camera snapping pictures of signs.Give me a break!!!
  9. Juge posted on 06/05/2014 12:13 PM
    What a joke. They should have LEFT them with $350,000. I would very much like to know what the OQLF actually does that has a benefit to this province. As much as I can't stand them, in all fairness, there has to be SOMETHING positive they are doing. I'd just like to know what it is.
  10. Matty posted on 06/05/2014 01:55 PM
    They should cut the 24 million put it into tourism and employment. Why do we need the OQLF? Cutting 55 million from employment will not help get jobs going in the province.
  11. cole holmes posted on 06/05/2014 04:28 PM
    my question is if there making all these cuts that could give every person in quebec a 100 thousand dollars is where is this money going and whats is use? what would take 295.4 million dollars? i know if they were smart then it would go to the people 1 million dollars each a century old income tax return for all our ancestors hard labours or id put it to the use of free enargy like solar panels or wind turbines for small towns or huge citys which take most of our power usage some would say yeah but then we lose in hydro for money wise well not true if everyone had free enargy then they would have more money in there pockets solving our rising problem of poverty and it would allow more spending on other products bringing new buisnesses to quebec and for those who spend there money stupidly well thats on them hey just a thought ;)
  12. Melinda posted on 06/05/2014 07:26 PM
    So, they're going to cut millions from environment, transport, tourism, employment, etc., In other words, stuff we REALLY need, but they're only going to cut $350,000 from something that A- does not generate money, (unlike tourism), B- Is useless and wastes employers' time C- Pesters and fines companies that employ people and D-Puts our hard-earned, over-taxed paycheck to waste. I know cuts are relative to the amount of money allocated to the particular department but please, it's bad enough that with the current state of things, more important things, we put any money towards this at all.
    Yes, it's good that they're cutting from it but the amount is a joke.
  13. fred posted on 06/06/2014 01:37 AM
    Millions of dollars for the Oratory.. An arcane, religious symbol? That money could go to so many other things..
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