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The QP clip: Peggy Nash on budget secrecy


 

NDP finance critic Peggy Nash complained that opposition MPs are forced to review departmental spending without knowing where the money is going. Treasury Board President Tony Clement reminded Nash that, when it comes to Parliament’s financial oversight of departmental spending, the government follows existing rules.


 
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The QP clip: Peggy Nash on budget secrecy

  1. ” Tony Clement reminded Nash that, when it comes to Parliament’s financial oversight of departmental spending, the government follows existing rules.”
    Then clearly the rules need to be changed. (Or is the problem that they already changed them?)

    • That is a lie. In 2011, the Harper Government was found in Contempt of Parliament for refusing to hand over public budget documents to the Budget Officer they appointed. The Budget Officer is actually suing the government for access. They are not following existing rules. They are not following international standards for budget transparency.

      • What is a lie – Clement’s statement or mine? (I’m hoping you are referring to Clement’s; I was slagging him, if you hadn’t noticed; maybe I was too understated?

        • Yes, I was referring to Clement’s claim, “the government follows existing rules.” It does not. Of course, more could be done to ensure we meet international standards in budget transparency as well as make the Budget Office fully independent.

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