Category : Other Analysis

PBO Statement Regarding Federal Court of Canada Decision

Sonia L’Heureux, the Parliamentary Budget Officer on an interim basis, is pleased that the Federal Court of Canada has rendered a timely decision, regarding the questions raised by the PBO in responding to Mr. Mulcair’s request for analysis.

In its decision, the Federal Court has said that the statutory mandate of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) includes estimating the financial cost of any proposal that relates to a matter over which Parliament has jurisdiction when requested to do so by a member of the Senate or House of Commons.

In light of the Court’s decision, the PBO intends to request the information required in order to respond to the request from Mr. Thomas Mulcair, M.P. We expect that the requested information will be duly provided by the government departments and agencies. If a dispute arises, the Court has said it will be available to assist with its resolution. 

For additional information, please contact 613-992-8026.

Letter to Senators and Members of Parliament regarding delivery of PBO services

S. L'Heureux appointed Parliamentary Budget Officer (interim)

Letter to The Honourable Percy E. Downe

Letter to Senator Downe, concerning the October 2012 request for the PBO to estimate the cost to the federal treasury of tax evasion:  illegal and intentional actions taken by individuals or firms to avoid paying their due tax.

PBO post a new report entitled “Feasibility of Budget for Acquisition of Two Joint Support Ships” on Thursday, February 28, 2013

At 9 am on Thursday, February 28, 2013,  the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) will post a new report entitled "Feasibility of Budget for Acquisition of Two Joint Support Ships" on the Web site at www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca.

The PBO report analyzes the feasibility of the budget for replacing the Navy’s current Protecteur class ships.

Letter to Mr. Ian Shugart, HRSDC, re Costing of Bill C-464: Parental Leave for Multiple Births or Adoptions

Letter to Mr. Ian Shugart, HRSDC, re Costing of Bill C-464:  Parental Leave for Multiple Briths or Adoptions

Budget 2012 Monitoring Framework Updated to September 2012

Budget 2012 Monitoring Framework Updated to September 2012

Correspondence with Canadian Economic Development Agency re Expenditure Monitor 2012-13 Q2

Correspondence with Canadian Economic Development Agency re Expenditure Monitor 2012-13 Q2

PBO Strategic and Operating Review

Government departments have been asked to submit proposals to find budget reductions of 5% and 10%.  Parliamentary organizations have been asked to participate voluntarily.  The Library of Parliament has asked PBO for a proposal to reduce its budget by 5 and 10% and to assess the impact of each of these proposals.

PBO has adopted the government’s strategic review assessment model, which involves an assessment of the resources and activities used to deliver an organization’s legislated mandate.

PBO’s activities are focused exclusively on the requirements of its enabling legislation.  There are no extraneous activities. 

PBO delivers on a mandate that is as broad as or broader than comparable offices in other countries, and does so with fewer resources than its peers.  PBO uses its resources efficiently to deliver on its mandate largely by leveraging technology-based information, communication and publishing strategy.

Savings are possible but can only be obtained by changing the enabling legislation.

Legislative change is strictly within the purview of Parliament- PBO is not able to make any recommendation in this regard.

Information Update - Regarding the PBO Compensation Report

Media reports attributed to the President of the Treasury Board (PTB) claimed that average compensation figures contained in the Parliamentary Budget Office’s (PBO) report, The Fiscal Impact of Federal Personnel Expenses:  Trends and Developments, were inaccurate.  Further, PTB issued his own figures suggesting that actual average compensation is significantly lower than the PBO estimate.

The Fiscal Impact of Federal Personnel Expenses: Trends and Developments

On Tuesday, December 11, at 9 a.m., the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) will release a new report entitled“The Fiscal Impact of Federal Personnel Expenses:  Trends and Developments” (on the Web site at www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca).