Official Opposition tables motion to extend PBO term

Independence of future PBOs must also be protected

To ensure the continuance of financial oversight during the search for a new Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) and guarantee independence of future PBOs, Official Opposition Finance critic Peggy Nash has tabled the following motion:

“That this House: (a) reaffirm the essential role of the Parliamentary Budget Officer in providing independent analysis to Parliamentarians on the state of the nation's finances, trends in the Canadian economy, and the estimates process; and (b) call on the government to: (i) extend the mandate of current Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page until his replacement is named; and (ii) support legislation to make the Parliamentary Budget Officer a full, independent officer of Parliament.”