Paying the bills (II)

The CBC reports the government will cut deeper into departmental budgets than previously planned. The Finance Minister raises the possibility that some departments may have to cut more than 10% from their budgets.

The Post reports that the Conservatives may try to adjust MP pensions, but the Finance Minister seems to defer.

On the issue of whether changes are afoot for the pension plans of members of Parliament, Mr. Flaherty said that is a decision for the House of Commons Board of Internal Economy, not the government.

The Board of Internal Economy is presently composed of three Conservatives, two New Democrats and a Liberal. Its meetings are conducted in camera.

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