The Parliamentary Budget Office, source of two reports this year that have been critical of the government, is about to have its annual operating budget slashed by one third, Global National reported Thursday.
This year, the Library of Parliament’s budget, to be allocated by Young, is about $40 million. Of that, just $1.9 million is set aside to operate the Parliamentary Budget Office.
Global National has learned that Page is about to have that annual budget slashed by about 33 per cent.
"If the Harper government is serious about engaging opposition parties in meaningful discussion about the budget, it ought to co-operate fully with the House Budget Officer and not attack his office’s capacity to give Members of Parliament the fiscal information they need to serve Canadians," said Liberal MP Scott Brison.
Now, the article states it is "unclear" if this cut was initiated by the government or his "bureaucratic boss", but it's not unclear to anyone who knows this government's history.
When Page first challenged the government, from a position created by Harper, my first thought was the Conservatives would look for ways to stifle the dissenter, because that's how they operate. The sad part here, Flaherty has just validated Page, his deficit admissions are what Page has argued all along. If a component fellow is getting his wings clipped, what should then become of the disingenious incompetent? What a spiteful bunch, and a move that should alarm all Canadians, because the Conservatives are essentially limiting Page's ability to do his job.