Afghan war costs could be thorny issue in election
Canada’s new parliamentary budget officer says federal politicians, including those in the opposition, should be told the overall cost of the six-year war in Afghanistan.
In an interview with Global National, Kevin Page says he is nearing the end of a special probe that tallies Canada’s military involvement in Afghanistan.
However, he said that he believes allparty consent is required to allow him to release the report during a federal election campaign.
Page, who was appointed in March, had hoped to release a preliminary estimate on the cost of keeping Canada’s 2,500 troops in Afghanistan this month, when the House of Commons was due to reconvene.
But Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to call a federal election has effectively delayed the release of that figure.
“ Certainly for parliamentarians and opposition, they have an important oversight role. They should know what those costs are … It would be important to get the kind of transparency we need going forward,” Page said.