09/02/2014 03:24 EDT | Updated 11/02/2014 05:59 EST

Quebec wants public input on cost-cutting measures

QUEBEC - The Quebec government is seeking public input as it determines which programs and agencies should be eliminated to save the province $3.2 billion.

Treasury Board president Martin Coiteux announced Tuesday the creation of a website where citizens can post comments and make suggestions.

Coiteux reiterated the urgent need to restore order in public finances, saying it is "crucial to the prosperity of Quebecers."

He said the push for a balanced budget will be difficult to achieve if government programs continue to receive their current levels of funding.

The government formed a commission in June to find ways to save $3.2 billion in expenses. It is headed by former Liberal cabinet minister Lucienne Robillard.

Initial recommendations are scheduled for October.

On the web: www.revisiondesprogrammes.gouv.qc.ca