Monday, February 13, 2012

Austerity for thee, not for me

This is the kind of thing that just doesn't help when a Prime Minister is eyeing Old Age Security benefits for cuts: "Despite goal of restraint, Harper’s top bureaucrats rack up hefty travel costs." Terrible optics and poor timing on that one.

Elsewhere on the pensions issue, if you missed it yesterday, Kevin Page appeared on Question Period and maintained his confident stance that OAS is fiscally sustainable for the long term. He answered Flaherty's charge of "unbelievable, unreliable, incredible" by suggesting Flaherty was under a lot of stress. Page also stated that the PBO's work had been consistent, etc. in answer to Flaherty, but the stress remark stood out. That has to be one of the more memorable push backs to this government by an independent official to date. It suggests that Page is indeed quite confident in his own projections.

Also notable, Page challenged Flaherty to release his own reporting. There seems to be a bit of a public push on for Flaherty to do just that.