PBO again at odds with feds over budget details

Parliamentary Budget Office wants more information on lapsed program spending projections, but forecasts a higher surplus than Finance Department ahead of the next election.

Details, details: Assistant Parliamentary Budget Officer Mostafa Askari, left, and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. Mr. Askari says there’s not enough information on the impact of lapsed spending and ongoing budget cuts on government services. The PBO’s latest report also says that the feds are keeping EI premiums artificially high.

By Chris Plecash

PUBLISHED : Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 7:43 PM

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