Some forty-two years ago in his inaugural address President Kennedy asked his fellow Americans to consider not what their country could do for them but what they could do for their country. On June 12, 2003 Liberal Finance Minister Yves Séguin in delivering his first budget to the Quebec National Assembly asked his fellow Quebecers to consider not what “the State can do for us [but] what we can do without it.” In a budget designed not only to replace the PQ pre- election budget of March 11, 2003 for the 2003-2004 fiscal period but also to reduce state capitalism, the Minister has in his words taken the first step toward “changing the role of the State” in the affairs of Quebecers. Mr. Séguin intends as well to ensure that all tax dollars collected are “used soundly, and in an efficient and transparent manner.”

This article appears in the July 8 – July 21, 2003 edition of The Canadian Taxpayer, a semimonthly publication with national circulation.

type Tax Law Bulletin - The Second Quebec 2003-2004 Budget