Why isn’t the fall economic update delivered to the House?

Jim Flaherty will apparently deliver his fall economic update to a luncheon crowd in Fredericton tomorrow. Last year, he delivered the update in Calgary. Two years ago, he presented it in Mississauga. Three years ago, he presented in it Victoria.

It will now be four years since Mr. Flaherty delivered his fall economic update to the House. You might remember that economic update as the one that nearly brought about the defeat of the Conservative government.

A year ago, Joe Comartin said that presenting the economic update outside the House “demeans the role of Parliament and parliamentarians.”




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Why isn’t the fall economic update delivered to the House?

  1. Because a luncheon speech isn’t seen as a serious report. And Cons aren’t serious about the economy.

  2. It could be worse. Here in Ontario the Tories once tried presenting the ACTUAL BUDGET outside of the legislature.

    • If I’m not mistaken, that budget was delivered at the corporate headquarters of Magna, to whose board Mike Harris was subsequently appointed.

      Strange, eh?

  3. I like to think on the positive side rather than bemoan the fact that the economic update is not set out in Parliament and the ensuing grappling back and forth between the gov`t and opposition. Flaherty has chosen to take the Update to the people, and he has shown considerable geographic sense, though I don`t see a Que. stop—maybe his French is off.

    • party above country for ever and always, CPC supporters!

    • You don’t actually believe that b.s., do you Andrew?

      • he doesn’t. in a way the fools are us for even replying to him.

        • GFMD is a fool—actually a double fool.

      • You don`t actually believe all the whining that you hear (spout?) on this site, do you Jan ?

        • Get the PMO to write you some better insults. the ones they’re giving you are childish.

    • … Flaherty has chosen to take the update to people that agree with him.

      There, one typo fixed.

      • No, I`ll happy with my original—if I need fixing, I`ll ask.

      • I heard that Ronny works for the Economics Division of the NDP—he`s the only employee—gets minimum wage.

    • “The people” being the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce rather than the democratically elected representatives of the entire country.

      • I would trust the lowest paid paper boy in the smallest company in Fredericton with the the most recent knowledge about our economic possibilities rather than some of the naive spend-happy NDP.

        • Yes, but we already *know* you’re an idiot.

        • I see; such knowledge belongs not to Canadians but to the Conservative Party of Canada to be disseminated only to those Canadians deemed worthy of their “trust”.

        • Fail – that doesn’t make any sense. Poor Jimbo, even going to New Brunswick. he couldn’t avoid questions from the press. He is so easily rattled these days for some reason.

  4. Events such as economic updates are no longer instruments of governance so much as they are opportunities for partisan political advertising. The milieu is chosen for its attractiveness as the the backdrop for a tax-payer funded party commercial.

    There is, sadly, no longer governance, per se – only perpetual campaigning.

    • Sounds like a wonderful talking point for an opposition party campaigning to bring an end to all the government secrecy: economic updates will be delivered where Canadians expect important issues to be announced – in the HoC . This is where real government accountability begins and ends: the workplace of the MPs that Canadians elect. Delivering big updates before softball partisan crowds is just another way of avoiding accountability and debate, and Canadians deserve better

      • Agreed, on all but one minor point. Given the immature behaviour on display daily in the HoC, rather than calling it “the workplace of MPs”, it might be more accurately described as “the place where MPs work and play”. ;)

  5. At least he’s not delivering it at a Denny’s in
    Thunder Bay

    • Don’t give them ideas. I suspect they looked at a few Timmy’s outlets.

  6. ‘It will now be four years since Mr. Flaherty delivered his fall economic update to the House. You might remember that economic update as the one that nearly brought about the defeat of the Conservative government.’

    That was also the one where Flaherty was projecting budget surpluses through 2012-13. I’ve kinda tuned out any economic updates since then… for some reason.

  7. re posing questions as simple but profound in implication as this:

    “Why isn’t the fall economic update delivered to the House?”

    Mr. Aaron Wherry,

    The work you do and the clear and thoughtful way you approach it is a great service to citizen-based democracy.

    Thank you.
    A grateful citizen.
    Sam Gunsch

    Edmonton, Alberta

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