Parliamentary Budget Officer
Beware rising interest rates.
NDP leader Tom Mulcair and Guy Caron, the party's finance critic, have written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to express
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.
“I told them, ‘Yeah, there are repercussions when you put out a document that is thin. You put Mr. Mulcair on the spot.'"
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.
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.
Canada's first budget watchdog could also be the last, says the departing public civil servant with 27 years of experience