Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Under Pressure over Single $7B Budget Vote, Liberals Make a Tweak

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Under Pressure over Single $7B Budget Vote, Liberals Make a Tweak

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Liberals try to ease worries over $7B vote

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OTTAWA - The federal government is announcing a slight change to its plan to streamline the spending-approval process into a single $7-billion vote after complaints earlier this week from the parliamentary budget watchdog.

Speaking to a House of Commons committee, Treasury Board President Scott Brison says the Liberals' plan to make the process more transparent will now ensure that the detailed spending allocations laid out in the budget plan are also listed in the bill that MPs will actually vote on.

Brison is making the announcement following warnings from parliamentary budget officer Jean-Denis Frechette that the plan to simplify the budgeting process through a single vote could mean $7 billion in new spending commitments from the February budget could technically be spent elsewhere. …

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