Quebec 2016-17 budget to be tabled on March 17

Quebec to table balanced budget
WATCH ABOVE: Quebec's Finance Minister Carlos Leitao announced he'll table a budget on Saint Patrick's Day, and he insists it'll be balanced. Global's Raquel Fletcher reports.

QUEBEC CITY – Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao will table the provincial budget on March 17.

The 2016-17 budget will come down five days before federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau delivers his.

Leitao told reporters in Quebec City Thursday he expects a balanced budget.

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He said any eventual surplus would go to reducing the province’s massive debt.

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Leitao’s economic update from last November said Quebec was also on the way to a balanced budget for the current fiscal year, which ends March 31.

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