Let's take the example of the reports on plans and priorities. There is detail down to the program level, which I think is quite positive, but one of the major changes that could be done relatively rapidly is to show why these estimates are changing over time—why “budgeted” differs from “actual” in the RPPs. That alone would be a significant change in what the RPPs are and how they report to Parliament. That could start some sort of better understanding of how these estimates change over time.
For instance, let's say we're trying to figure out why Statistics Canada's FTE count went down or is planning to go down in the next two years. Some might argue that it's due to the budget cuts. In fact, if you dig down deep enough in these documents, I think you'll conclude that much of that cut is actually due to a decline in the number of people required to process the census, which is a planned expenditure and is planned to happen over time.
With better explanations of why these numbers are changing, we can become clearer on what's causing those changes, and hopefully parliamentarians can make better decisions on how that money is spent.