Federal Court says nothing to rule on in case of parliamentary budget officer


OTTAWA – The Federal Court has dismissed an effort by Canada’s parliamentary budget officer to clarify his mandate to seek information about savings claimed in the federal budget.

Justice Sean Harrington has turned down Kevin Page’s court suit, saying the questions posed are hypothetical for the moment.

Page had wanted to know from the court whether he has the power to ask government departments for information about savings based on staffing.

Harrington says since Page never actually asked for the information, the questions lie in a factual vacuum and he won’t answer them.

Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair supported Page’s court case, while the attorney general and the Speakers of the House and Senate opposed it.

The opponents said the court had no jurisdiction over a matter that should be left to Parliament to decide.

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