The Canadian 2017 Budget Implementation Act and the Impact on the Parliamentary Budget Office

8 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2017

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Usman W. Chohan

UNSW Business School; Critical Blockchain Research Initiative (CBRI); Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies (CASS)

Date Written: April 20, 2017

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Chohan, Usman W., The Canadian 2017 Budget Implementation Act and the Impact on the Parliamentary Budget Office (April 20, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2955846 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2955846

Usman W. Chohan (Contact Author)

UNSW Business School ( email )

UNSW Business School
High St
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

Critical Blockchain Research Initiative (CBRI) ( email )

Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies (CASS) ( email )

Rawalpindi
Pakistan

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