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August 30, 2013 14:30 ET

Government Appoints Parliamentary Budget Officer

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 30, 2013) - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Government House Leader, today announced the appointment of Jean-Denis Fréchette as Canada's next Parliamentary Budget Officer.

Mr. Fréchette, an economist who has been employed in the Library of Parliament since 1986, currently serves as the Senior Director of the Economics, Resources and International Affairs Division of the Library's Parliamentary Information and Research Service.

"Mr. Fréchette brings 27 years of experience supporting the institution of Parliament," said Mr. Van Loan. "After more than a quarter-century providing strong, non-partisan support to Senators and Members of the House of Commons, he brings a deep and serious understanding of the needs of the client group that the Parliamentary Budget Officer has a mandate to serve."

During his career at the Library, Mr. Fréchette has led and supervised research and analysis activities which support the professional needs of individual parliamentarians and some 40 standing committees, in both Houses of Parliament, through customized, high-quality and timely service.

"Between his training as an economist, his experience in serving parliamentarians and managing others who do, and his respect for Parliament, Mr. Fréchette will do a fine job as Parliamentary Budget Officer," Mr. Van Loan added.

The Government also thanked Sonia L'Heureux who served as Parliamentary Budget Officer in the interim since March 2013.

The position of Parliamentary Budget Officer was created through the 2006 Federal Accountability Act. The Parliamentary Budget Officer is an officer of the Library of Parliament, a parliamentary institution that operates independently from the Government under the control and management of the Parliamentary Librarian. The Library of Parliament is accountable through the Librarian to the Speakers of the Senate and the House of Commons.

Mr. Fréchette's five-year term as Parliamentary Budget Officer begins on September 3, 2013.

Backgrounder: Jean-Denis Fréchette, B.Sc, M.Sc.

Jean-Denis Fréchette's 27-year career with the Library of Parliament has seen him serve most recently as the Senior Director of the Economics, Resources and International Affairs Division. He was the acting Director General of the Parliamentary Information and Research Service in 2012-2013 and prior to that, Senior Director of the Industry, Innovation and Resources Division for more than three years.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Fréchette held management positions and performed economic analysis roles in the Library's Economics Division and the Resources and Environment Section. He also served as a Co-Principal on the Library's team providing support to parliamentarians in respect of the Government's Main Estimates.

Mr. Fréchette's interaction with Canada's resource economy dates back to his earliest appointment in 1986 with the Library as the lead analyst assigned to the Senate and House of Commons committees on agriculture, forestry and fisheries among other committees.

Before his employment at the Library of Parliament, Mr. Fréchette worked as an economist with the Dairy Farmers of Canada, Hydro-Québec and the Université de Moncton.

Mr. Fréchette was educated at the Université de Montréal where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in economics in 1980. He also earned a Master of Science degree in economics specializing in public finance, regional development and international trade in 1986.

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