Premier cites 'exceptional circumstances'.
Public spending and ethics dominated the first day of the winter session at Quebec's national assembly, where the Liberal government hinted that austerity measures may be in order to tackle the province's deficit.
"These exceptional circumstances call on us to look at everything we are doing to make sure we are going to be disciplined in our own backyard, before we do anything else," said Premier Jean Charest, alluding to the sluggish economic recovery and Quebec's $4.7-billion deficit.
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Update #1: Ethics scrutinized as National Assembly returns to work -- CTV News
Update #2: PQ to pressure Charest on corruption -- Montreal Gazette
My Comment: I thought Premier Charest was in India? .... I guess he has returned.