(1) As soon as practicable after being appointed, the Parliamentary Budget Officer must nominate to the Parliamentary Committee another PBO officer to act as Parliamentary Budget Officer during any period when the Officer is absent from duty, suspended or for any other reason is unable to perform the duties of office.
(2) If there is a vacancy in the office of Parliamentary Budget Officer, the Governor in Council may appoint a PBO officer to act as Parliamentary Budget Officer until a new Parliamentary Budget Officer is appointed under section 6.
(3) An acting appointment under subsection (2) may be made for a maximum period of 6 months except that, if the period of 6 months would end during an election costing period, the maximum period is extended to the expiration of 3 months after the date of the general election.
(4) While a person nominated or appointed under this section acts as Parliamentary Budget Officer—
(a) the person has all the rights and powers, and must perform all the duties, of the Parliamentary Budget Officer; and
(b) section 8 applies to the person.