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The mandate of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) is to provide independent analysis to Parliament on the state of the nation’s finances, the government’s estimates and trends in the Canadian economy; and upon request from a committee or parliamentarian, to estimate the financial cost of any proposal for matters over which Parliament has jurisdiction.
This note analyses implementation of the Government’s spending plan presented in Budget 2014, over the nine months of the year.
- Spending levels for the first nine months of the year show spending restraint. The broadest measure of government operating spending – Direct Program Spending (DPS) – is 3.5 per cent lower in the first three quarters of 2014-15 compared to last year.
- Spending on Internal Services is again reduced, and the Government is well positioned to attain its $850 million targeted savings in this spending category.
- Spending by CBSA has increased 21 per cent over last year’s 3rd quarter, due to implementation of the Beyond the Border Action Plan, and a one-time severance payment resulting from contract negotiations.
- AANDC transfers and payments to First Nations have decreased compared to last year as a result of ongoing negotiations on Specific Claims, and a reduction in transfers to other governments.