Parliamentary Budget Office

These Unexpected Places Are Seeing A Boom In Foreign Workers

The Huffington Post Canada | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.12.2015 | Canada Business

The regions that saw the largest growth in the number of temporary foreign workers between 2002 and 2012 might come as a surprise. Maritime provin...

Tories Won't Slay Deficit This Year If Oil Prices Stay This Low: PBO

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.29.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - With a few strategic tweaks, the Harper government can still fulfil its promise to balance the books even as low oil prices blow a multibilli...

Budget Watchdog Warns Tories About Turning Surplus Into Tax Cuts

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.21.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's budget watchdog is urging Ottawa to proceed with caution if it decides to transform the country's expected surplus into new program ...

LOOK: This Is What's Wrong With EI And Canada's Job Market

The Huffington Post Canada | Sunny Freeman and Daniel Tencer | Posted 10.09.2014 | Canada Business

Canada’s employment insurance program has a surplus, which means employers and employees are contributing more to the fund than unemployed Canadians...

Aging Population Means Big Trouble For Provinces: PBO

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.30.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Canada's provinces, territories and municipalities must make big policy changes if they want to rein in their public debt, the federal Parlia...

This Is How Many Jobs Will Be Lost To Tories' Austerity Measures

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.28.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The federal government may be able to finally eliminate the deficit as early as this current fiscal year, but the achievement will have come ...

Budget Watchdog's Report Tears Down Tory Argument

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.25.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Canada's budget watchdog says there's little evidence of serious labour shortages or a skills mismatch problem in the country.The finding by ...

Budget Watchdog: Federal Spending Up Slightly

CP | Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Despite the death-to-the-deficit mantra being chanted by Conservative devotees, some economists say there is no real pressing need to balance...

Watchdog: Budget May Need Help To Meet Goal

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The Harper government may need to depend on artificially high EI premiums, asset sales and spending restraint to balance the budget in time f...

Mystery Of Canada's Unspent Billions

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's budget watchdog is asking MPs to get to the bottom of why the Harper government is spending billions less than it budgets for, or Pa...

Stop Denying Our Veterans A Dignified Funeral

Irene Mathyssen, MP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Irene Mathyssen, MP

Our veterans deserve better than this. A dated criterion, initially aimed at WWII and Korean veterans is sadly, becoming less relevant to the needs of the current day. The Conservatives must step up their efforts and remodel these criteria in order to cater to the real needs of our modern-day heroes.

Wait A Minute..

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The surprising revelation last week that Ottawa is almost $7 billion ahead of schedule for eliminating the deficit is attracting the scrutiny...

Tories Kill NDP Bid To Boost Watchdog's Power

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.12.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government has nixed an attempt to give the federal budget watchdog more teeth.Conservatives on Wednesday killed a private member'...

So-Called 'Jobs Budget' To Cost Jobs, Watchdog Says

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.29.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The federal government's most recent "jobs and growth" budget will wind up costing Canada both jobs and economic growth over the next few yea...

Acting Watchdog To Keep Page's Fight Alive

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.23.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The interim parliamentary budget officer says she will ask government departments for budget analysis information in light of a Federal Court...

Watching the Watchdog: An Ode to Kevin Page

Tim Knight | Posted 05.29.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

Last week saw the end of the tenure of Canada's first and, so far, only Parliamentary Budget Officer. He is a genuine Canadian hero. While so many other Canadian civil servants (and politicians) went along with the Harperite parliamentary thuggery, Page simply did his job.

What I Would Do to Make Canada's Democracy Stronger

Ralph Goodale | Posted 04.10.2013 | Canada Politics
Ralph Goodale

To fix the malaise eroding our democracy, Canadians need a rich combination of party, electoral and Parliamentary reforms. Here are a few suggestions to contribute to a debate on this topic which I hope will become irresistible.

A PBO Cliff?

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.23.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The first day he took office as Canada's first budget watchdog Kevin Page knew he was effectively deep-sixing his 27-year-long career as a pu...

Unwanted Trend Will Sap $22 Billion From Canada's Economy: PBO

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.29.2012 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Canada's budget watchdog says slower growth will sap about $22 billion annually from the country's economy.Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin...

"Promise Made, Promise Kept"? Apparently Not For Harper

Keith Beardsley | Posted 12.23.2012 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

When political parties spend time on the opposition benches they often come up with ideas that look great on paper but lose their lustre once the party moves from the opposition side of the House to the government side. Such has been the case with the Conservatives and the Parliamentary Budget Office presently run by Kevin Page. Remember the chant from the Conservative backbenches, "Promise made, promise kept"? In this case that's not quite accurate.

This Is How Ottawa Quietly Hiked Your Taxes

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.05.2012 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The federal government has made much about its record in cutting taxes, but a new report shows it is making out like a bandit on user fees.Pa...

Budget Watchdog Off The Leash, Says Baird

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.19.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The independent parliamentary budget office the Harper Conservatives conceived, created and staffed has overstepped its mandate, Foreign Affa...

Top Union Leader: Fighting Job Losses From Budget Cuts The Top Priority

CP | Alison Auld, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.05.2011 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - Staving off deep job cuts and protecting workers' rights will be the main battlefronts for labour groups in the coming months, union leaders...

Opposition, Page Push For Truly Independent Parliamentary Budget Office

The Hill Times | Posted 09.14.2011 | Canada Politics

As the world watches the U.S. economy teeter on the edge of disaster, MPs are demanding a greater understanding of tracking complex budget issues righ...