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Quebec Finance Minister forgoes new shoes ahead of provincial budget

Leitao wont’ have new shoes for Quebec budget
WATCH ABOVE: Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao decided to go against tradition - instead of buying new shoes in anticipation of the budget, he decided to shine a pair of shoes he already owns.

MONTREAL РFinance Minister Carlos Leitao will introduce his third budget Thursday morning, but he decided to step away from tradition.

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The minister didn’t buy a new pair of shoes, as per Canadian tradition for finance ministers introducing new budgets.

Instead, Leitao brought out polish to shine a pair of shoes he already owns as a symbolic gesture that the Quebec economy is performing well.

“It is a budget that shows Quebec that we have regained control of our own public finances,” Leitao told reporters from his office.

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Thursday’s budget is expected to be his second that will be balanced and with zero deficit.

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It will be released at 4 p.m. Thursday.