June 4, 2014
Budget 2014–2015 is firmly focused on spurring Québec's economic recovery and restoring sound public finances.
The government is giving itself the means to achieve its objectives and return to a balanced budget in 2015–2016. This is not an obsession. It is an obligation. We want to end the structural imbalance in public finances that puts us deeper into debt each year and increasingly limits our freedom of action. We will thus undertake the efforts required to reduce the growth in government spending and achieve the balance needed for Québec's prosperity.
Every necessary effort will be made to create wealth and jobs and ensure Quebecers reap the benefits of an enviable social model. We will provide more support to businesses, particularly SMEs, we will capitalize on our natural resources, we will implement the maritime strategy, we will relaunch the Plan Nord and we will continue to invest in our infrastructure.
With Budget 2014–2015, the government is taking the first step on the “critical path” we must travel to restore fiscal balance. This reasonable budget is rigorous and inspires hope thanks to the commitments it contains. It will improve the lives of all Quebecers and future generations.
Minister of Finance