The PBO cliff

by Aaron Wherry

Kevin Pages frames the decision about his successor.

His admirers — and they span the political spectrum — credit him and his bare-bones staff of about a dozen not only with speaking truth to power, but with creating the template for something wholly new in Ottawa: an authoritative financial reality check on government spending delivered in time to affect policy.

But with his term about to expire there is a real question whether that template will survive him. “The question going forward is are we going to have musical chairs or are we going to have a PBO cliff,” agrees Page. “If it’s musical chairs and someone from this office takes over it will be a seamless transition. If they decide to hire somebody that has no experience or knowledge of the budget process, we’ll go back to what existed before.”

As reported yesterday, the Library of Parliament is committed to forming an expert committee to recommend nominees for the post.

See previously: Mr. Page’s conversation with Colin Horgan and his interview with Tom Clark.




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The PBO cliff

  1. My bet is they hire someone that makes Tony Clement Dean DelMastro Pierre Poilievre seem like a wild maverick that plays by his own rules, no matter what the big boss thinks

  2. “If it’s musical chairs and someone from this office takes over it
    will be a seamless transition. If they decide to hire somebody that has
    no experience or knowledge of the budget process, we’ll go back to what
    existed before.”

    And some are still willing to say that Page isn`t a political commenter. Good grief!

    Would Governor of the Bank of Canada has issued such a statement……….of course not. He has class.

    • perhaps he feels a responsibility to the Canadian taxpayer and not the governing party

    • Would the Governor of the Bank of Canada be accused by the government of having his facts wrong……..of course not.

      This government has shown massive disrespect to Page and the office they created. That they don’t receive any respect in turn for how they conduct their affairs toward his office by him shouldn’t be terribly surprising to anybody with a modicum of sense.

      • It is always a one-way street when talking about Page, isn`t it……Perhaps Page would do us all one last favor by telling us for the very last time how much the CF 18 replacement will cost. Wonder if his numbers will still be the same as they were before…………….it is not up to Page to tell anyone who or what his replacement should look like………………

  3. Oh that’s a bit rich. Only someone trained under Page is capable of continuing the office’s work? That’s quite a bit of hubris right there.

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