The Minister confirmed the government's responsible approach to
balancing the books in 2015-2016. Budget 2014-2015 maintains the
anticipated deficits of
Successful control of spending
"Thanks to the effort shared by all my colleagues, I am proud to say today that, for the first time in ten years, the government has attained its spending targets," the Minister said.
Our efforts have been rewarded. The Public Accounts 2012-2013 show that
the government stayed within its spending targets, by introducing
rigorous control while protecting public services. "In 2012-2013,
program spending growth was held to 1.2%, the best performance in the
last 10 years," the Minister noted.
Furthermore, for 2014-2015 and the following two years, program spending
growth is set at 2.0% a year, whereas the increase in program spending
under the former government was more than twice as high, at an average
of 4.4% a year," the Minister added.
To achieve these spending objectives, the Minister announced that the government intends to enter into an agreement with its employees, taking into account taxpayers' ability to pay. "The government wants a negotiated agreement that is just and fair for all parties," the Minister added. The government also wants to reach a new agreement with physicians that takes into account, in particular, maintenance of the significant remuneration gains and changes in remuneration compared with the rest of
Quality and efficiency of public services
The government wants to improve the quality and efficiency of public services by implementing patient-based funding in
Ensuring funding for public services
To ensure the quality and continuity of childcare services and to continue developing the network, the Minister announced that, as of
In addition, while recognizing the undeniable contribution by foreign
Fighting tax evasion
The fight against tax evasion, unreported work and crime is a priority for the government. The Minister announced that sales recording modules will be installed in bars and resto-bars, starting in fall 2014. Additional measures will also be implemented in the construction industry.
Responsible management of public finances
The government is determined to improve the efficiency of public services, optimize the services provided per dollar spent by the government and take into account the population's ability to pay. The government has made the choice not to further increase Quebecers' taxes. "By managing public finances in an efficient and responsible manner, we will ensure that every taxpayer gets value for his or her money and that we will be masters and prosperous in our own house," the Minister concluded.
SOURCE Cabinet du ministre des Finances et de l'Économie