Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform

Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform

March 14, 2008 12:05 ET

Government House Leader Announces the Appointment of Canada's First Parliamentary Budget Officer

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 14, 2008) - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform, today announced the appointment of Kevin Page as Canada's first Parliamentary Budget Officer.

The appointment fulfills another commitment made to Canadians during the last election.

"As promised in the Federal Accountability Act, the Parliamentary Budget Officer will provide independent analysis to Canadians on the state of the nation's finances," said Minister Van Loan. "With his expertise in economics, Mr. Page is a fine choice to fill this position."

The Parliamentary Budget Officer is an independent officer of the Library of Parliament who reports to the Speakers of both chambers. The position was created through amendments to the Parliament of Canada Act contained in the Federal Accountability Act.

Mr. Page's appointment is effective as of March 25, 2008.

Biographical Information

Kevin Page is currently Special Advisor, Human Resources and Social Development Canada, a position he has held since October, 2007. Mr. Page has been a civil servant with the Government of Canada for over 25 years and he has served in numerous capacities in the fiscal expenditure field, most recently with the Privy Council Office, the Treasury Board, and the Department of Finance. Mr. Page, who was educated as an economist, has a solid background in analysis and forecasting. Born in Fort William, Ontario, Mr. Page received an Honours Bachelor of Arts, Economics, at Simon Fraser and Lakehead Universities and a Master of Arts, Economic, at Queen's University. He began his career as an economist at Finance Canada in 1981.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Government House Leader
    Michael White
    Communications Assistant
    613-952-4930
    www.houseleader.gc.ca