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Finance committee  Look at the Australian model. The PBO does a great deal of confidential work for political parties during the year. By the time you get to a writ period, they actually have a kind of costing book that has been done confidentially for MPs. That's a particular way to do this work.

May 10th, 2017Committee meeting

Sahir Khan

Finance committee  We did a great deal of consultation in the initial period in the PBO, and we heard from a number of parliamentarians that it's very important to reach Canadians. Financial and economic language is not the language of politics, necessarily, so there was a very important educationa

May 10th, 2017Committee meeting

Sahir Khan

Finance committee  Just to echo Mr. Page's comments, we received information in some cases that was classified, from a security point of view. We knew how to handle it, and we're fortunate to say that in our five years we didn't have a leak of such information. It is about establishing appropriat

May 10th, 2017Committee meeting

Sahir Khan

Finance committee  Mr. Fergus, I also want to add that the OECD lays out a number of principles Mr. Page may have brought up about how independent fiscal institutions should operate. They put a premium on the value of leadership. You asked about the risks. I think parliamentarians lower the risk w

May 10th, 2017Committee meeting

Sahir Khan

Finance committee  Thank you. Yes, I am here to support Mr. Page, and I apologize—I was at the Senate national finance committee at the same time.

May 10th, 2017Committee meeting

Sahir Khan

Finance committee  No, thank you.

May 10th, 2017Committee meeting

Sahir Khan

Finance committee  I would add that there are several tangible things that we'd like to do at our new institute with the aboriginal community. In particular, we'd like to develop a training program in financial management. It would partner financial officers in aboriginal communities with our partn

September 29th, 2016Committee meeting

Sahir Khan

Finance committee  We understand that capacity building is a slow process. What we want to do is to have financial officers on first nations communities actually partnered with professionals, with members who are part of the Financial Management Institute and part of the accounting profession, so t

September 29th, 2016Committee meeting

Sahir Khan

Finance committee  It becomes more and more difficult. For example, in the case of a department like National Defence where there is a lot of capital, funds are managed on the basis of an amortization period of 20 or 30 or 40 years. However, in your case, everything is in cash. These are current

September 29th, 2016Committee meeting

Sahir Khan

Finance committee  If I can answer in English, it may be easier.

September 29th, 2016Committee meeting

Sahir Khan

Finance committee  There's an important opportunity this year for the budget. Measures have to be reflected in the reports on plans and priorities. Last year, for example, after the budget was tabled, a historic investment in infrastructure...parliamentarians were still working with essentially obs

September 29th, 2016Committee meeting

Sahir Khan

Finance committee  I think there's a ripe opportunity right now with the government having advanced this proposal for estimates reform. I think that, to some extent, the deemed rule reflected the decline of the role of estimates in that process within Parliament. For those who don't know, after a

September 29th, 2016Committee meeting

Sahir Khan

Finance committee  I mentioned that transitions are difficult for all new governments. Now that a year has passed, this is a very good opportunity for this government to put its stamp on transparency in how it reports to Parliament. Having clear targets also for debt-to-GDP ratio, for example, mea

September 29th, 2016Committee meeting

Sahir Khan

Finance committee  That's an excellent question. We have a paper we'll be publishing soon that looks at this. It was done at the request of Minister Sohi. The International Monetary Fund identifies important practices around transparency. You want to have good planning up front. You want to have c

September 29th, 2016Committee meeting

Sahir Khan

Finance committee  We'd actually welcome briefing this committee.

September 29th, 2016Committee meeting

Sahir Khan