Hey SupposiTories, see what happens when you neglect your early campaign promises for more transparency and accountability? You get this everywhere:
The parliamentary budget watchdog is going to court to force all federal government departments to supply him with information on how spending cuts will impact services and programs for Canadians.
Kevin Page achieved a breakthrough in his longstanding feud with the Conservative government about disclosing budget details in recent days when a majority of federal departments agreed to submit the information.
Of 82 government agencies and departments, 60 have said they will comply with the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s request for more information on how they are implementing the spending reductions in the March 29 budget.
But Page said Sunday he will follow through with his plan to go to Federal Court if need be to force the deputy ministers of all departments or agencies to comply.
“I can confirm to you that the Parliamentary Budget Office will be filing and serving legal notice on all non-compliant deputy heads (of departments) early this week,” Page said in a statement Sunday. “As it is now clear that this matter will constitute the subject of a legal action, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further.”
The 2012 budget called for federal spending reductions of $5 billion annually and the elimination of 19,200 federal government jobs over several years. Page, who is mandated to keep MPs informed on fiscal and budgetary matters, says he needs details on the impact of the cuts on programs and services so MPs can make informed choices when they vet budget legislation.
And while we’re on the subject of covering up, get a load of the FinMin’s pimply ass, and how fast he’s shaking it in the hopes that we don’t notice:
Asked about this Sunday, Flaherty said Page is going beyond his official duties.
“He wants to look at money that’s not being spent rather than the manner in which money is being spent, which is actually his mandate as the Parliamentary Budget Officer,” Flaherty told CTV.
Page has dismissed this argument, saying it makes no sense to say he can look at some government fiscal issues but not others.
Uh, Jimbo? Next time, just dab some concealer on those zits. And try and learn just what a budget officer’s job actually consists of.