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Kevin Page takes his show on the road

Former PBO chief shares his wisdom in the Dominican Republic and, soon, South Africa


 

Sean Kilpatrick/CP

Free of his government masters, former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page is taking his show on the road. The long-time policy wonk is in the midst of an international tour where, at the invitation of his peers, he’s spreading the good word about what the PBO accomplished with him at the helm.

Page visited Santo Domingo earlier this month for meetings with Latin American budget directors. “I was asked to share lessons learned on budget practices related to measuring performance,” he told Maclean’s. Later this month, Page will be in South Africa to “share experiences and lessons learned” as that country gears up to open its own parliamentary budget office.

The irony of exporting all of that institutional knowledge, instead of using it at home, isn’t lost on Page. “While international organizations are using Canada’s PBO to promote good practices abroad, our Canadian government appears determined to undermine the office it created,” he said.

One of Page’s former colleagues, assistant parliamentary budget officer Sahir Khan, said the PBO has “benefited greatly” from partnerships with budget offices around the world—though its ability to return the favour is often limited. “The focus of the PBO has been on its own legislative mandate and service to parliamentarians and Canadians,” he said. “International outreach work has tended to be undertaken ‘off the sides of our desks.’”

Page’s retirement should help fill that gap. “He will likely be able to direct more of his efforts on institution building,” said Khan. “Perhaps as interesting as sharing practices and experiences with the most prosperous nations will be [Page’s] potential to help developing nations build new parliamentary institutions.”

After five years of fighting a government bent on stonewalling his office, it seems Page has finally found governments willing to listen.


 
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Kevin Page takes his show on the road

  1. “Free of his government masters, former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page is taking his show on the road.” That statement is a misleading one; Kevin Page took his show on the road when being in office, too.

    “After five years of fighting a government bent on stonewalling his office, it seems Page has finally found governments willing to listen.”

    And what will those governments do after they have listened to Kevin Page? Will they then appoint him or will those governments do as they intend to do without Kevin Page?

  2. And Kevin Page and Aarron Wherry continue to promote the Kevin Page Show. Why would anybody care what this partisan hack has to say about doing his job? He didn’t even know what his job was for the last 4 years!

    We’re talking about a genius who went to court to get documents that he’d never even requested!

    • The only legitimate criticism of Conservatives comes from non-partisans. How can you tell if a critic is partisan or not? If they’re criticizing Conservatives they’re partisan.

      • Complete BS. I don’t think everybody who criticizes the government is a partisan. But if a person spends 4 years criticizing only one political party while doing back flips to defend others, it’s pretty clear that they’re partisans. Mark my words, Page will be running for Trust Fund Trudeau in 2015, and then his lies and bias will be exposed.

        • Oh, fer shur. If a Parliamentary Budget Officer was really non-partisan he wouldn’t be restrict his criticism to those who produce Budgets.

          • Yes, and too bad he didn’t restrict his work to analysing budgets, but rather thought it was his job to micromanage the entire federal government based entirely on his own personal opinions.

        • Do you seriously think Page should have been going after the Opposition parties for failing to provide details of government spending plans?

        • “But if a person spends 4 years criticizing only one political party
          while doing back flips to defend others, it’s pretty clear that they’re
          partisans.”

          That ranks among the dumbest things you have ever posted. Top five at least.

          Only the government issues budgets. And then you have the chutzpah to say it’s Page who doesn’t understand the role of the PBO…

          Thanks for the belly laugh!

          • Again, his job was to analyse the accuracy of budget forecasts, not to determine what the proper funding levels are for each government department, which is what he seemed to think his job was.

            Page turned out to be nothing more than a narcissist with a bully pulpit provided by the media. Good riddance.

          • No. Page didn’t act outside his mandate whatsoever, unless you can provide any evidence to the contrary.
            You’re the one who clearly hasn’t a clue what his job was as evidenced by your crying that he didn’t criticize the opposition.

          • The Supreme Court just ruled that he was completely out of line with his case, and that it held no merit.

          • Having fun trying to spin straw into gold?

            God you are clueless! To begin with, it was the Federal Court, not the SCC – two levels below the highest court. And they did not say it had no merit; merely that it would not rule unless they had a specific request to review. The judge was actually rather supportive of the PBO – just didn’t think the action before him was sufficient to engage the court.

          • I was asking if you could provide any evidence to back up your claim that Page was acting outside his mandate. I wasn’t asking for more evidence of your cluelessness.

          • his job was to analyse the accuracy of budget forecasts

            And he is supposed to do this in a vacuum? Pulling numbers out of his ass like the CPC does? Get real.

  3. How long will it be before Justin Trudeau makes a joint announcement with Kevin Page that Page will be running for the Liberals in the next federal election in 2015?

    • I hope so. I hope he seeks the nomination in John Baird’s riding. Two birds with one stone.

  4. Kevin Page for the next BOC, please.

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