A Liberal senator has awarded Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for his “his dogged and courageous pursuit of information on behalf of all Canadians.”
Since he was appointed in 2008 Page has been, at times, a vocal opponent of Stephen Harper and the Conservative government.
He has spoken up against secrecy in the government and, in early November, said he wouldn’t be issuing a mid-year report on government finances because a number of departments failed to co-operate with him. He also looked into suing the government to force it to hand over the needed information.
Each MP and senator received 30 medals to hand out as they saw fit. This, however, lead to some questionable choices, including Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott’s decision to hand out medals to two anti-abortion activists, one of whom was in jail at the time her medal was awarded.
In a statement at the time, Vellacott likened the two women to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.