Budget watchdog Kevin Page says Tories kept Canadians in dark on program cuts

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By Les Whittington, the Toronto Star, 20 September 2012

Canadians are being deliberately kept in the dark about how billions of dollars in the Harper government’s spending cuts may reduce the services and programs they count on from Ottawa, says the federal spending watchdog.

Despite the government’s refusal to provide full details, Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page continues to fight government secrecy in an effort to inform MPs and the public how the austerity measures in the 2012 budget will affect everything from food inspections to border security to airline safety.

The government’s stance is making it impossible for MPs to exercise their duty to scrutinize government spending, Page said. “The system is being totally undermined,” he told the Toronto Star. (...)

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