Report on Afghanistan costs: independent Parliamentary Budget Officer issues statement

    OTTAWA, Sept. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The independent Parliamentary Budget
Officer, Kevin Page, today issued the following statement regarding the report
on the estimated costs of Canada's mission in Afghanistan:

    "The Parliamentary Budget Officer is a newly created independent position
    mandated to provide independent analysis to Parliamentarians and
    Canadians about the state of the nation's finances, the government's
    planned expenditures, and trends in the national economy.

    In June 2008, the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer was asked by
    the Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Centre to examine the costs of
    Canada's mission in Afghanistan, including defence costs, development
    assistance costs, and the costs associated with veterans' programs.

    The independent report outlining the estimated financial costs of
    Canada's mission in Afghanistan is expected to be completed and released
    in the coming weeks. The detailed, peer-reviewed methodology used to
    undertake the analysis will also be released.

    The independent Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer is finalizing
    its analysis related to the costs of veterans programs, after which the
    complete report will be submitted for peer review to its international
    advisory panel.

    As all parties have granted their consent, as soon as the report has been
    completed - including the completion of the independent peer review
    process - it can be released during the writ period.

    Prior to their release, major reports issued by the Office of the
    Parliamentary Budget Officer will be reviewed by independent experts to
    ensure that they are rigorous in their methodology and impartial in their

    Questions regarding the financial analysis of the report will be
responded to at the release of the report.

For further information:

For further information: Nicolas Todd, (613) 241-3512 x 227, c: (613)

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