"I worry that these kinds of constraints could actually really limit the quote unquote independence of the office in practice."
A report says the federal budget is on track to be $20.5 billion in the red this fiscal year,
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A report says the government is also behind on identifying new projects.
Transport and Infrastructure departments spent more before Liberals came to power.
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A private member's bill calls for raising retirement benefit payments to surviving spouses and children.
Sub-national debt is forecast to spike 200 per cent in the next 75 years.
Canada spends more on education than any other OECD country.
The report says storms, hurricanes and floods are driven in part by climate change.
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The Liberal government’s plan to hike taxes on the rich while cutting taxes for some others will cost more than the Trudeau government has estimated, the Parliamentary Budget Officer says. In a report...
Canadians risk a debt crunch "beyond historical experience" when interest rates rise.
OTTAWA — Canada's budget watchdog says the federal government's medium-term deficits will likely be billions of dollars higher than what was predicted in "optimistic" Liberal forecasts. The parliament...
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Overqualification up among university grads, down among college grads Vast majority of underemployed came from three fields of study PBO sees ‘continued slack in labour market’ A new study from the...
Economy to grow half as fast as earlier projected.
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Currently, federal finance officials keep their internal forecasts secret.
My relationship with several key people in the Harper government was -- "interesting." But when I took the job as Canada's first parliamentary budget officer, I never envisioned the PBO as being involved in an "us versus them" dynamic. We were in our office to serve parliamentarians who had reasonable requests for costing or other fiscal information. But the relationship that had developed between our office and the ruling Conservative party was, to put it mildly, somewhat strained.
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Conservative Leader Stephen Harper was on the campaign trail Thursday touting what his government is calling a return to balanced budgets, but a new forecast from National Bank Financial could put a d...
The regions that saw the largest growth in the number of temporary foreign workers between 2002 and 2012 might come as a surprise. Maritime provinces, where the labour market isn’t exactly booming, s...
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 multibillion-dollar hole in federal finances, the parliament...
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 spending or permanent tax cuts.Otherwise, the gove...
Canada’s employment insurance program has a surplus, which means employers and employees are contributing more to the fund than unemployed Canadians are drawing out. Good news, right? Canada’s budget...
OTTAWA - Canada's provinces, territories and municipalities must make big policy changes if they want to rein in their public debt, the federal Parliamentary Budget Officer cautioned Tuesday in a new...
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 at some cost to economic growth and jobs, the coun...
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 the parliamentary budget office could once again p...
OTTAWA - Despite the death-to-the-deficit mantra being chanted by Conservative devotees, some economists say there is no real pressing need to balance the books by 2015 — just in time for the next ele...
OTTAWA - The Harper government may need to depend on artificially high EI premiums, asset sales and spending restraint to balance the budget in time for the 2015 election, the federal budget watchdog...
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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 Parliament authorizes.The Parliamentary Budget Offic...
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.
OTTAWA - The surprising revelation last week that Ottawa is almost $7 billion ahead of schedule for eliminating the deficit is attracting the scrutiny of the budget watchdog.The No. 2 man in the Parli...
OTTAWA - The Harper government has nixed an attempt to give the federal budget watchdog more teeth.Conservatives on Wednesday killed a private member's bill introduced by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, which...
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 years, the Parliamentary Budget Officer says in a new...
OTTAWA - The interim parliamentary budget officer says she will ask government departments for budget analysis information in light of a Federal Court ruling this week.Sonia L’Heureux says she's pleas...
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.