Parliamentary Budget Officer

Legal Weed's Tax Haul Won't Be That High: PBO

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.01.2016 | Canada Business

There will be half a million new weed-tokers in Canada after legalization, PBO says.

NDP Slams 'Disturbing' Meetings Between PM's Office, Watchdog

CBC | Aaron Wherry, CBC News | Posted 07.28.2016 | Canada Politics

NDP leader Tom Mulcair and Guy Caron, the party's finance critic, have written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to express concern about what the New ...

Liberals' Small-Biz Tax Decision Will Boost Revenue, Cost Jobs: PBO

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.11.2017 | Canada Business

Tax cut delay will cost 1,240 jobs, PBO says.

Extreme Weather Will Cost Feds Almost $1-Billion A Year: PBO

CP | John Ward, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.25.2017 | Canada Politics

The report says storms, hurricanes and floods are driven in part by climate change.

Budget Challenges Ahead As Some Spending Vows Still Uncosted

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.17.2017 | Canada Politics

The dimming economy is not the only challenge facing Finance Minister Bill Morneau.

How Liberal, NDP Pledges Would Affect Budget Watchdog's Office

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.01.2016 | Canada Politics

Currently, federal finance officials keep their internal forecasts secret.

Book Excerpt: Unaccountable

Kevin Page | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Kevin Page

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.

Althia Raj

'Thin' Fiscal Plan Put Mulcair On Spot: Ex-Budget Watchdog | Althia Raj | Posted 09.19.2015 | Canada Politics

“I told them, ‘Yeah, there are repercussions when you put out a document that is thin. You put Mr. Mulcair on the spot.'"

Provinces On Unsustainable Path: Report

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A new report is warning that the net debt of the country's provinces, territories and municipalities is on an unsustainable path with health ...

Defence Costs 'Unsustainable': Watchdog

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government has built a military that it cannot afford and will be forced to make tough choices in the future, if it sticks with th...

Canada's Foreign Aid Spending To Hit Record Lows: Watchdog

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.25.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The parliamentary budget officer says Canadian foreign aid spending is set to plunge to record lows in the coming years, prompting pleas to t...

Watchdog Casts Doubt On Harper's Arctic Ship Plan

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.28.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - There's a fresh spat brewing between the Parliament's top bean counter and the Conservative government, this time over Arctic patrol ships.Pa...

Conservatives Would Rather Cover Their Blunders Than Create Jobs

Emmanuel Dubourg | Posted 12.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Emmanuel Dubourg

Given the country's high unemployment, the Conservatives' small business tax credit comes at a bad time. That's because it's bound to cost the Canadian economy 10,000 jobs in the long term.

Sick Leave Costs Taxpayers Next To Nothing: PBO

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.15.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - It costs taxpayers almost nothing extra to pay sick leave to federal civil servants, says a new report from the Parliamentary Budget Office.T...

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...

New Budget Watchdog Snubbed By Tories

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.21.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's interim parliamentary budget officer is having the same problems as the old one: being snubbed by the government.Sonia L'Heureux sai...

First Nation Schools Need HOW MUCH More Money?

CP | Vivian Luk, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.10.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Decaying First Nations schools in British Columbia need nearly double the amount of money the federal government is currently providing, said Canada's...

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'...

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.

Tories 'Moving To Unwind' The PBO: Page

CBC | Posted 05.24.2013 | Canada Politics

Canada's first budget watchdog could also be the last, says the departing public civil servant with 27 years of experience who held the job until Frid...

MacKay Not Sweating PBO Report

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.01.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Defence Minister Peter MacKay says the navy will get the supply ships it needs, despite a parliamentary budget officer's report that shows th...

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...

Watchdog Won't Give Report, Blames Goverment Secrecy

CP | Julilan Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.06.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's budget watchdog will not issue a mid-year report on the Harper government's finances, citing lack of co-operation from the vast majo...