We shouldn't be surprised.
Not after federal finance minister Joe Oliver last week made the case -- without embarrassment -- Ottawa didn't need to do an independent analysis of the cost-benefits of a $550 million tax credit for small business because the self-interested lobby group Canadian Federation of Independent Business told him it was a good idea.
The CFIB's -- ahem -- analysis concluded the tax break would create "25,000 person years" of employment. The Parliamentary budget officer -- an independent spending watchdog -- crunched the numbers and countered with just 800 jobs over two years.
"We don't do analysis on every expenditure," Oliver said, batting away opposition questions.