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Education tax credits were mostly used by top-earners: PBO

OTTAWA – The country’s highest-earning families benefited disproportionately from tax breaks and incentives designed to help people save and pay for post-secondary education, says a new report from the budget watchdog. 503 more words


Analysis: Don't expect Liberals to woo public service with spending

The Liberal government’s love affair with Canada’s public servants doesn’t seem to include spending money on them.

In fact, the recent federal budget has signalled that the Liberals could be as tightfisted as their Conservative predecessors with departmental business or operating expenses, of which salaries are the single biggest expense. 990 more words


Finance Department hands over missing budget data

The Finance Department formally gave up the missing five-year costs from the Liberal budget, avoiding a parliamentary showdown with Canada’s budget watchdog.

Finance Deputy Minister Paul Rochon turned over the numbers for the missing three years that Parliamentary Budget Officer Jean-Denis Fréchette requested in a letter last week. 622 more words


Editorial: The Liberals, the budget and the PBO

In an irony so sharp it must have been almost physically painful, analysts in the Parliamentary Budget Office laid their hands on federal-budget costing for the next five years – but weren’t permitted to share the final three years of that data with the public. 406 more words


PBO says budget transparency clouded by 'confidential' numbers

Canada’s budget watchdog has some of the missing data Parliament needs to scrutinize the Liberal government’s budget but says it couldn’t disclose those numbers in its latest report because they are confidential. 710 more words


Close to $9.5 billion in approved federal funds unspent

The federal government sat on close to $9.5 billion in approved expenditures last fiscal year, including $2 billion in unspent funding for the Department of National Defence, as it tried to balance the books during an election year. 797 more words


'Gaming the system': PS sick leave not always about being sick, expert finds

Canada’s public servants take up to twice the number of sick days a year as private sector workers do, because of different motivations, work cultures and rules that encourage “gaming the system,” says a new report by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. 1,080 more words