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Liberal budget makes it tougher to scrutinize fate of public purse: PBO

Minister of Finance Bill Morneau is given a standing ovation as he arrives to deliver the federal budget in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

OTTAWA — The federal budget watchdog says the Liberal government’s inaugural budget has made it more difficult for people to scrutinize public finances. The parliamentary budget office says in a new report that last month’s budget failed to separate purely discretionary decisions, like new measures and changes in planning assumptions, from shifts …

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