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Votes in the Estimates

Part II of the main estimates presents the spending requests of government departments and agencies broken down into votes. Each vote, or item, is a request for a specific amount of money for a particular purpose. Supplementary estimates are presented in the same format as Part II of the main estimates.

When estimates are studied in committee, a separate decision is taken on each vote. The committee may decide to approve the full amount requested in each vote, to reduce it or to reject it entirely. Committees do not vote on statutory expenditure items, which are approved on an ongoing basis in legislation.

Similarly, when the House is considering the estimates, a Member may request a separate decision on a particular vote by filing a notice of opposition with the Journals Branch.

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