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Finance bureaucrats, House committee need to stop working in silos on budget planning, says ex-PBO Page

By Emily Haws      

Liberal House Finance Committee chair Wayne Easter says he thinks the finance minister, his staff and bureaucrats have been listening.

Former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page says that, in his experience, the pre-budget consultation process done by the House Finance Committee is underused by Finance Canada and the finance minister. The Hill Times file photograph

As the House Finance Committee’s pre-budget consultation process wraps up for another year, one former  watchdog says the process isn’t properly used by the Finance Department in crafting Canada’s annual fiscal plan.

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