Keep budget officer Kevin Page until replacement secured: NDP

Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page appears before the Parliamentary committee on Public...

Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page appears before the Parliamentary committee on Public Accounts, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, May 3 , 2012. Chris Roussakis/QMI Agency

Kristy Kirkup, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 1:56 PM ET

OTTAWA - The NDP wants to keep Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page on the job until his replacement is on the clock.

At a Tuesday Commons finance committee, NDP critic Peggy Nash is set to present a motion to call for Page's term as financial watchdog to be extended until a "throughout, transparent and competitive search" is conducted and his "successor is appointed."

Page's term as budget officer expires March 25, but there has been no indication as to when the feds will appoint a successor.

Page's post was originally created by the Conservatives in 2008 in the name of transparency and accountability -- two areas opposition parties often allege the government ignores.

In a recent letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper Harper, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair asked the government to extend his term "until such time as a thorough, transparent and competitive search" is completed.

Liberal Treasury Board critic John McCallum has also noted the government issued a formal notice of vacancy nearly seven months prior to the departure of former Auditor General Sheila Fraser.

Page's outspoken style often caused him to lock horns with cabinet ministers, including Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, who called him opinionated.

On Jan. 29, Harper indicated the new parliamentary budget officer will be "non-partisan and credible."

- with files from Mark Dunn

Kristy.Kirkup@sunmedia.ca

@kkirkup


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