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Quebec Finance Minister Eric Girard holds a copy of a document as he presents a financial update on Dec. 3, 2018, in Quebec City.Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press

Francois Legault’s Coalition Avenir Quebec government will table its first budget on March 21.

Finance Minister Eric Girard announced the date today, telling Quebecers they can expect good news for the health and education sectors.

The Quebec budget will come two days after the federal budget is tabled in Ottawa.

Girard says his inaugural budget will aim to reduce Quebecers’ tax burden, but he was unwilling to say by how much.

The budget will establish the true size of the provincial surplus, which has been a subject of debate since the Coalition party defeated the Liberals in the Oct. 1 provincial election.

Last week, the Institut du Quebec think tank reported that the surplus for 2018-19 should be between $3.4 billion and $4.6 billion. Girard set the figure at $1.65 billion in his December economic update.

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