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Tony Clement responds


 

To John McCallum’s challenge, the President of the Treasury Board tweets a citation.

Section 81(7) of the Standing Orders of the House of Commons. Thx.

Section 81(7) reads in its entirety as follows.

(7)  When main estimates are referred to a standing committee, the committee shall also be empowered to consider and report upon the expenditure plans and priorities in future fiscal years of the departments and agencies whose main estimates are before it.

Mr. McCallum is unconvinced. Mr. Clement stands by his interpretation.


 

Tony Clement responds

  1. I’m not going to bother looking into whether it’s accurate. Still, it troubles me deeply that the natural reaction to this is “based on previous experience, I have no reason to believe that this statement is an accurate representation or that the MP saying it even believes it.”

  2. Where does it say, “and no question on the subject asked in the House of Commons or anywhere else shall be answered until the committee has deemed itself finished.”
    Because without that, uh, so?
    Or, are they saying, “Look, we haven’t the faintest idea. We were hoping the committees could find out where all this will lead us, because we can’t be bothered to figure it out, or even take a wild stab at it.”
    Did anyone else have problems with the links? Other than Wherry linking to Wherry, all the Twitter ones came up as blank Twitter pages for me. Do I have to be following these people or something?

    • Twitter links work OK for me.

      Wrt Clements inadequate response: Does it really matter? Even if he provided his own numbers, they would be exactly that, his own numbers.

      Obfuscation, it’s easy once you get the hang of it.