Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page prepared to take government to court

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By Les Whittington, the Toronto Star, 25 September 2012

Budget watchdog Kevin Page may take the Harper government to court now that federal officials have turned down Page’s latest request for more information on how spending cuts will impact Canadians.

The government has already “shared extensive data with you on Budget 2012,” Wayne Wouters, the clerk of the Privy Council, says in his latest letter to Page, the parliamentary budget officer. (…)

“We have definitely not ruled out a Federal Court option,” Page said in response to Wouters’ latest letter to the PBO. Page said he obtained a legal opinion last spring that his four-year-old mandate to inform MPs on financial and fiscal operations of the government clearly indicates he is entitled to the budget details he is seeking. (…)

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