‘Accountability and transparency have once again become irrelevant’

by Aaron Wherry

Scott Clark and Peter DeVries consider the parliamentary budget officer.

A strengthened (more resources), and more independent (report to Parliament) PBO would promote greater understanding of complex budget issues; it would strengthen credibility by encouraging simplification and forcing the government to defend its economic and budget forecasts; it would improve the budget process by promoting a straightforward and more understandable and open process; it would promote accountability by commenting on the government’s projections and analysis; finally, by being nonpartisan it would provide analysis and research to all political parties. 

Although the opposition parties have promised to make the PBO more independent, it is highly doubtful that the current government will make any changes to the mandate of the PBO. Accountability and transparency have once again become irrelevant. Indeed the government is more likely to weaken the mandate of the PBO. Kevin Page has set a high bar and much will be revealed in the appointment (if there is one) of the next Parliamentary Budget Officer. 




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‘Accountability and transparency have once again become irrelevant’

  1. I trust Kevin Page far more than I do Stephen Harper.

    Nuff said

  2. The head of the Congressional Budget Office has credibility because he lets his reports speak for him, and he isn’t a narcissistic media whore. In fact, CBO types avoid the media pretty much altogether.

    Kevin Page has destroyed the credibility of the office by speaking, instead of letting the numbers speak for themselves. The CBO lets the numbers speak for themselves.

  3. Page is a joke, which is why he’s unable to promote any accountability. He seems to have misconstrued his roll to be one of the official opposition, always spinning numbers in a way that he finds will be most at odds with the government. Probably because I’m sure he’ll be running for the NDP in the next election.

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