Kevin Page gives the government credit for releasing the missing budget details to the PBO, adding that time will tell if it can live up to its promise of being a more open government.
Former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page, left, agreed with his former office's assessment that certain aspects of the Liberal government's first budget released by Finance Minister Bill Morneau, right, were harder to understand than budgets presented by the former Conservative government. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page says, in some respects, the new Liberal government has backtracked on fiscal transparency in its 2016 budget.
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'I think the issue with racialized people not returning to work is more about whether or not they’re going to be hired,' says Arjumand Siddiqi, who holds the Canada Research chair in population health equity.
'If the 10 MPs are articulating the position for Nova Scotia, I would like to think the government would consider that as a strong indicator of what's happening on the ground,' says Liberal MP Darrell Samson says.
House leaders continue to hold talks over the summer, but whether an agreement can be struck to get Conservatives on side with a recent call to allow remote voting in ‘exceptional circumstances’ remains to be seen.
Though late and largely unconvincing, the PM's testimony helps ensure the government’s points, rather than mere speculation, are litigated in the public square instead, says Garry Keller of StrategyCorp.