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Canada needs a new ‘fiscal anchor’ and Freeland needs to share financial plans, says PBO Giroux

By Peter Mazereeuw      

Canada's Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux says he's found it 'much more difficult to get information out of the minister’s office' since Parliament returned with Chrystia Freeland in charge of the nation's finances.

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured Sept. 25, 2020, on the Hill. The federal government should make more details about its pandemic spending plan public, says Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The federal government should make more details about its historic, multi-billion-dollar pandemic spending plan public, including information about money set aside for yet-to-be announced measures, the expected debt and deficit by year’s end, and what the Liberals will use as a new fiscal “anchor” now that a declining debt-to-GDP ratio is unreachable, says Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux.

Peter Mazereeuw

Peter Mazereeuw is a deputy editor for The Hill Times covering politics, legislation, and the Senate.
- peter@hilltimes.com


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