ANGUS WORRIED CONSERVATIVE CUTS WILL MEAN LESS SERVICE
NEW DEMOCRATS ASK THE PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET OFFICER FOR ACTION
September 3rd, 2013 - 4:39pm
Charlie Angus says Canadians are growing even more concerned that Conservative cuts could mean even longer wait times for government services such as EI, CPP and other CRA matters. Official Opposition leader Thomas Mulcair has written to Jean-Denis Fréchette, the new Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO), for an update on his request for information about how planned Conservative budget cuts will affect the services and programs Canadians rely on.
Angus says we have been waiting a year and a half for this information but the Conservatives have stonewalled. “With the PBO’s help, we can improve fiscal accountability in Ottawa. The first step is for Mr. Fréchette to carry on Mr. Page’s good work and fight for MPs right to information on planned Conservative budget cuts.”
Angus says his offices are getting flooded with calls from angry constituents. “People are having to wait longer for the benefits they’ve paid into and are entitled to. But even when they do get their cheques, they are being cutback or clawed back. Mr harper has to come clean and tell Canadians exactly what his plans are.”
As Mulcair notes in his letter: “The Federal Court of Canada's reference decision in Page v Mulcair made it explicitly clear that parliamentarians are legally entitled to the PBO’s analysis, which must be timely if it is to be effective.”
Mulcair initially made his request to the PBO after the 2012 Budget but, despite the fact they were legally required to hand over this information, the Conservative government refused to cooperate.