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Billythreefeathers
09-17-2014, 01:44 PM
More government cuts on the way in Quebec


http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/politics/archives/2014/09/20140917-143933.html


MONTREAL - Quebec's new Liberal government continues to dangle its cost-cutting axe to battle a $2.5-billion deficit.
QMI Agency has learned the Liberals want to abolish the province's 18 regional health agencies and merge some of its 182 hospitals and clinics.
It's part of a larger plan to reel in spending in Quebec, which is Canada's most debt-ridden province at $200 billion and counting.
Earlier this week, Philippe Couillard's government imposed a moratorium on all new executive appointments in the health network. The premier, a former brain surgeon, didn't deny more cuts are coming.
"We thought it was important to send a signal right now that the increase in the number of managers in the system had to stop and even go in the opposite direction," Couillard said this week.
His health minister, Dr. Gaetan Barrette, said the very survival of Quebec's health system could be at stake. A 2010 report by the Conference Board of Canada said Quebec health spending will more than triple to $90.2 billion by 2030 if current trends continue.
"It's the patient who interests us at the end of the day, and it has to be done, obviously, by spending controls," Barrette told reporters Wednesday following a caucus meeting in Quebec City. "If not, we don't have a viable health system."
Sean Speer, a director at the Fraser Institute, said Couillard's Liberals are in a position to be leaders in fiscal restraint.
"Hopefully (Quebec's cuts) will put pressure, for competitiveness reasons, on Ontario to get its situation under control because of course it's headed in the direction of Quebec and maybe worse," said Speer."
The Ontario deficit, which has been on the rise under premier Kathleen Wynne and will hit $12.5 billion this year, is larger than the combined deficits of all other provinces and the federal government.

Billythreefeathers
09-17-2014, 01:45 PM
wow,, someone in Quebec gets it,,,

soulchaser
09-17-2014, 02:51 PM
wow,, someone in Quebec gets it,,,

Seriously.

Liberal premier in Quebec making cuts to battle $2.5 billion deficit.

Liberal premier in Ontario with a $12.5 billion deficit continues to borrow and spend like a drunken sailor.

Swampdonkey
09-17-2014, 03:39 PM
Cut healthcare, but sue to keep the LGR? Interesting priorities.