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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.

Raising Benefits For Military, RCMP Would Add $6B Liability: Watchdog

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.17.2016 | Canada Politics

A private member's bill calls for raising retirement benefit payments to surviving spouses and children.

Provincial, Muncipal Debt Can't Go On Like This, PBO Warns

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Business

Sub-national debt is forecast to spike 200 per cent in the next 75 years.

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

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.10.2016 | Canada Business

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

Canada's Top-Earning Families Took Lion's Share Of Education Tax Credits

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Business

Canada spends more on education than any other OECD country.

Liberals' Deficit Won't Be As Big As They Say: PBO

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.19.2016 | Canada Business

The PBO is more optimistic about economic growth than the Liberals.

Liberals' Tax Changes Will Cost More Than Advertised: PBO

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 01.21.2016 | Canada Business

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...

Canadians May Be Facing A Debt Crisis By 2020: PBO

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada Business

Canadians risk a debt crunch "beyond historical experience" when interest rates rise.

Budget Challenges Ahead As Some Spending Vows Still Uncosted

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Politics

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

4 In 10 Canadian University Grads Now Underemployed: PBO

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Business

Overqualification up among university grads, down among college grads Vast majority of underemployed came from three fields of study PBO sees ...

PBO Hands Trudeau Bad News On Economy, Deficit, Housing

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Business

Economy to grow half as fast as earlier projected.

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.

Feds To Balance Budget A Year Early: Watchdog

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The federal budget watchdog is projecting the government will post a $3.4-billion surplus in 2014-15 — which would balance the books a year...

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...

These Unexpected Places Are Seeing A Boom In Foreign Workers

The Huffington Post Canada | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.12.2015 | 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...

New Public Clash For Harper Gov't

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.28.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The parliamentary budget office is defending itself from a government attack on its latest report on Canada's plunging overseas development s...

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...

Feds Bilking Ontario By $1.2 Billion?

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A forthcoming new report from the parliamentary budget officer is expected to show Ottawa is shortchanging Ontario to the tune of $1.2 billio...

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 ...

Budgeting By Stealth

John McKay | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Politics
John McKay

Surplus budgeting is a worthy goal; however, the means by which the Government gets there has to be transparent. Increasing El premiums beyond sustainment and reducing eligibility is not transparent. Sale of undisclosed assets is not transparent. Lapsing budgets by stealth is not transparent.

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...

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.