Quebec’s auditor general says provincial books in good shape as election looms

Quebec’s auditor general says provincial books in good shape as election looms
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Quebec’s auditor general says the province is on sound financial footing heading into the provincial election.

Auditor general Guylaine Leclerc gave her blessing to the Couillard government’s budget strategy in a report released today, ahead of Thursday’s election call.

For transparency and to avoid any unpleasant surprises for the next government, lawmakers gave the auditor general’s office a mandate in 2015 to provide an objective portrait of the province’s financial situation ahead of an election.

Leclerc says Quebec’s finances are in order and the budget forecasts put forth by the Quebec Liberals until 2020-2021 are “plausible.”

Leclerc says she was not judging the government’s choices but analzying them for whether they were realistic.

She says the government has also provided sufficient room to manoeuvre in case of unforeseen economic issues.

Her office relied on a pre-election financial update prepared by the Finance Department.

The Canadian Press

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