'The PBO is unable to conduct an assessment of the fiscal risk and long-term sustainability of Budget 2012 savings measures' - Macleans.ca
 

‘The PBO is unable to conduct an assessment of the fiscal risk and long-term sustainability of Budget 2012 savings measures’

The Parliamentary Budget Officer reports back


 

As I reported last week, the office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer has again been stymied in its request for information about the Harper government’s budget cuts. Today, the PBO released a report on the information it has received.

Federal organizations provided the PBO with 73 per cent of the savings measures proposed in Budget 2012. However, few provided information regarding cash inflows, outflows or performance indicators and targets, as requested by the PBO in April 2013.

While interim summary statistics are provided in the preceding analysis, the PBO is unable to conduct an assessment of the fiscal risk and long-term sustainability of Budget 2012 savings measures. If these data become available, the PBO is willing and able to complete this work.

Given that preliminary findings seem to suggest that the government plans to spend less and achieve a similar level of output (i.e. less money, similar results), parliamentarians may wish to solicit further details regarding how this will be accomplished.


 

‘The PBO is unable to conduct an assessment of the fiscal risk and long-term sustainability of Budget 2012 savings measures’

  1. “…parliamentarians may wish to solicit further details regarding how this will be accomplished.”

    Just a guess, but about 163 MPs are going to respond, “Nah, we’re good.”

  2. OMG! THAT PBO MUST BE A LIBERAL PLANT TO SAY SUCH MEAN THINGS!

  3. If you want that information, you should run in a by-election.

  4. It’s the fault of the Parliamentary Budget Office (and the Opposition) for not asking the right questions. If they want answers here’s what they need to ask:

    “@tonyclementCPC … How awesome is the Harper Government’s Economic Action Plan?” #softball

  5. This is a disgraceful way to treat Canadians and our PBO ( Chantall over at the Star thinks we will forget – dream on dear.. Not going to happen )

  6. Con obstructionism would be easier to stomach if they’d use their own money (e.g., the party’s million dollar party slush fund in the PMO), rather than our taxes, to finance their stance in the courts (again).

  7. Wow!! what a surprise, isn’t this what the previous budget officer complained to the courts about, lack of information. Welcome to the new world of openness and responsibility as presented by the reform destroyers, always remember an act can’t make things open, only honesty and forthrightness make that work. I’m sorry, the harper government. their main job is to ensure we know nothing but what they want us to know, see the PMO and Nigel Wright, scientists, environment and most other things important to Canadians