The Canadian 2017 Budget Implementation Act and the Impact on the Parliamentary Budget Office
8 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2017
Date Written: April 20, 2017
The Canadian 2017 Budget Implementation Act provides certain remedial measures vis-a-vis the independence of the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO), such as granting it the status of an independent Officer of Parliament. However, it detracts significantly from the goal of according functional independence by stipulating new conditions such the imposition of a Speaker-approved work plan and the limitation of costings requests to proposing Members. This discussion paper weighs the merits of proposed changes in the Budget Implementation Act, finding that its net effect is to accord greater nominal ‘independence’ while retracting functional independence.
Keywords: Fiscal Policy, Oversight, Accountability, Legislative Budget Offices, Independent Fiscal Institutions, Canada, Parliament, Trudeau
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