OTTAWA– In advance of the upcoming budget, Liberal Treasury Board critic John McCallum today released a list of the 10 least transparent federal departments and agencies, and called on Treasury Board President Tony Clement to adhere to his promise of full transparency by spring 2013.
“Canadians are rightly asking how they can trust this government’s imminent budget when they still don’t know where the cuts from Budget 2012 are coming from,” said Mr. McCallum. “The fact is that there remains a huge discrepancy between departments when it comes to providing information about planned cuts required to achieve this government’s targets. That is why I am releasing a list of the worst offenders to date.”
Last April, Minister Clement promised that the 2013-14 Reports on Plans and Priorities (RPPs) would finally outline where all the cuts and cost savings measures from Budget 2012 would be found. RPPs are normally tabled before March 27th to ensure that Parliamentarians have access to financial information before voting on tens of billions of dollars in interim supply money.
“The Conservatives have clearly tried to let this information trickle out in order to keep Canadians from seeing the big picture,” said Mr. McCallum. “The result has been Ministers unaware of what they’ve actually cut, a Parliamentary Budget Officer who can’t get the information he is legally sanctioned to have, and increasing evidence that front line services are bearing the brunt of the cuts.”
The Liberal Party’s list of the top 10 worst departments and agencies for transparency on cuts can be viewed here.