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Bill C-44, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2017 and other measures
In accordance with its Order of Reference of Tuesday, May 9, 2017, your Committee has considered Bill C-44, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2017 and other measures, and agreed on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, to report it with the following amendments:

Clause 128

That Bill C-44, in Clause 128, be amended by replacing, in the French version, lines 8 and 9 on page 78 with the following:

“tant sur les politiques macroéconomiques et budgétaires — dans le but d’améliorer la qualité des débats parle-”

That Bill C-44, in Clause 128, be amended by adding after line 19 on page 78 the following:

“(1.1)The Parliamentary Budget Officer shall have demonstrated experience and expertise in federal or provincial budgeting.”

That Bill C-44, in Clause 128, be amended

(a) by replacing line 6 on page 79 with the following:

“ment of Canada and has the”

(b) by deleting lines 12 to 25 on page 80.

That Bill C-44, in Clause 128, be amended by replacing lines 9 to 22 on page 81 with the following:

“(1.1) The Parliamentary Budget Officer may update the annual work plan as required during the fiscal year.

(2) After the annual work plan has been provided to the Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Commons, they shall each table it in the House over which he or she presides.”

That Bill C-44, in Clause 128, be amended by replacing lines 38 and 39 on page 81 with the following:

“that are listed in an annual work plan;”

That Bill C-44, in Clause 128, be amended by replacing lines 30 to 32 on page 82 with the following:

“cial cost of any proposal that relates to a matter over which Parliament has jurisdiction.”

That Bill C-44, in Clause 128, be amended by

(a) replacing line 38 on page 82 with the following:

“Officer shall make the report available to the public one”

(b) replacing line 46 on page 82 with the following:

“liamentary Budget Officer shall make the report available”

(c) replacing line 8 on page 83 with the following:

“Officer shall make the report available to the public one”

That Bill C-44, in Clause 128, be amended by

(a) replacing line 23 on page 86 with the following:

“79.3 The following definitions apply in sections 79.4 to”

(b) adding after line 15 on page 87 the following:

“79.41 If he or she refuses to provide access to information requested under subsection 79.4(1), the deputy minister of the department concerned or the person who occupies any other similar position for the federal institution or parent Crown corporation, as the case may be, shall provide the Parliamentary Budget Officer with a written justification for the refusal.

79.42 If the Parliamentary Budget Officer is of the opinion that he or she has not been provided with free or timely access to information requested under subsection 79.4(1), he or she may so notify the Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Commons or any appropriate committee of the Senate, of the House of Commons or of both Houses of Parliament.”

That Bill C-44, in Clause 128, be amended by replacing lines 21 to 30 on page 87 with the following:

“tary Budget Officer’s mandate and, in the case of information referred to in subsection 79.21(9), the minister’s deputy has consented to the disclosure.”

That Bill C-44, in Clause 128, be amended by adding after line 30 on page 87 the following:

“79.501 A committee of the Senate, of the House of Commons or of both Houses of Parliament shall, five years after the day on which this section comes into force, undertake a review of sections 79.01 to 79.5.”

Clause 159

That Bill C-44, in Clause 159, be amended by adding after line 17 on page 97 the following:

“(3) Despite subsection (2), the Parliamentary Budget Officer is deemed to be a federal board, commission or other tribunal for the purpose of subsection 18.3(1).”

New Clause 173.1

That Bill C-44 be amended by adding after line 35 on page 104 the following:

“Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act

173.1 Subsection 45.47(5) of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act is replaced by the following:

(5) This section applies despite subsection 13(1) of the Auditor General Act and subsection 79.4(1) of the Parliament of Canada Act.”

Your Committee has ordered a reprint of Bill C-44, as amended, as a working copy for the use of the House of Commons at the report stage.
A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 87-96) is tabled.