The Prime Minister apparently thinks little of the parliamentary budget officer he hired.

But on Friday, Harper ridiculed the suggestion that the government would need to slash spending or boost taxes to balance its budget when the economy recovers. “We will not start raising taxes and cutting programs. That’s a very dumb policy and, to the extent, frankly, that the parliamentary budget officer suggested it, it’s a dumb position,” he said.

The Liberal press office was quick this afternoon to point out that it was also Conservative MP Brad Trost, in explaining himself to the Star-Phoenix yesterday, who said, “I’m a fiscal conservative so I’ve been urging reductions all across the board on all sorts of issues, not just on heritage funding.”