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Liberals back off controversial central-vote approach to feds’ annual spending estimates

By Samantha Wright Allen      

Parliamentarians will face 194 votes, instead of one, to approve $6-billion in budget measures. It’s a ‘clear improvement,’ says the parliamentary budget officer, but opposition MPs say it still erodes spending scrutiny.

Treasury Board President Joyce Murray tabled the main estimates in the House April 11. The Liberals will no longer ask Parliament to approve budget spending under one massive vote, which Ms. Murray said was 'another big step forward' in the government's efforts to align the budget and the main estimates, and improve transparency. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The government has backed away from a controversial approach to its more than $300-billion in spending estimates this year, and will now break $6-billion in budget promises into 194 separate votes, a move the parliamentary budget officer calls a “clear improvement” over last year’s first reform attempt.

Samantha Wright Allen

Samantha Wright Allen is a reporter for The Hill Times.
- swallen@hilltimes.com


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