With the COVID-19 crisis dominating everything the government does, how can Canadians be sure the decisions being taken are wise? Two of Parliament’s appointed guardians are watching, and nervous. Parliamentary Budget Officer, Yves Giroux says the federal deficit this year could be 10 times as high as last year. Information Commissioner, Caroline Maynard is calling for greater openness, so Canadians can see how we’re being governed.
Award-winning Maclean’s senior writer Paul Wells spoke with Giroux and Maynard who were back-to-back guests on Maclean’s Live on June 3, 2020. Watch the full replay above.
Past guests include:
May 2020: Health minister Patty Hajdu
May 2020: Alberta Premier Jason Kenney
April 2019: Bank of Canada governor, Stephen Poloz
February 2019: Canadian ambassador to the U.S., David MacNaughton
December 2018: Former prime minister Jean Chrétien
November 2018: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley
September 2018: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
June 2018: Jane Philpott, former minister of Indigenous services.
May 2018: Jason Kenney, leader of Alberta’s United Conservative Party (current Premier of Alberta)
April 2018: Katie Telford, chief of staff to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
March 2018: Conservative leader Andrew Scheer
February 2018: NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.