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View Ken McDonald Profile
Lib. (NL)
View Ken McDonald Profile
2019-03-20 16:37
Welcome, everyone.
Pursuant to Standing Order 106(2), the second vice-chair must be a member of an official party other than the official opposition.
An hon. member: [Inaudible—Editor]
The Chair: No, Mr. Doherty was going to try something, but it won't work unless Mel is going to cross the floor.
I am now prepared to receive a motion for second vice-chair.
View Mel Arnold Profile
CPC (BC)
Mr. Chair, I'll nominate Gord Johns as second vice-chair.
View Ken McDonald Profile
Lib. (NL)
View Ken McDonald Profile
2019-03-20 16:37
It has been moved by Mr. Arnold that Gord Johns be elected second vice-chair of the committee.
Is it the pleasure of the committee to adopt the motion?
(Motion agreed to)
View Todd Doherty Profile
CPC (BC)
Mr. Chair, have we not received any others, perhaps from Elizabeth May or anybody? Are there no others?
View Ken McDonald Profile
Lib. (NL)
View Ken McDonald Profile
2019-03-20 16:37
Nobody else has stepped forward. They heard that Gord was going to run.
I declare the motion carried and Gord Johns duly elected second vice-chair of the committee.
Some hon. members: Hear, hear!
The Chair: In the past, Gord, vice-chairs have taken the full committee out to dinner or something, so we'll allow you to pick the date. It's usually done within the first two or three weeks.
View Gord Johns Profile
NDP (BC)
I thought it was a welcoming party and everybody on the committee took me out for dinner. I thought that was the idea.
View Ken McDonald Profile
Lib. (NL)
View Ken McDonald Profile
2019-03-20 16:38
We'll tell you where to meet us.
View Robert Morrissey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Robert Morrissey Profile
2019-03-20 16:38
Fin always serves salmon.
View Ken McDonald Profile
Lib. (NL)
View Ken McDonald Profile
2019-03-20 16:38
Will the committee move a motion to adjourn?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
The Chair: We're adjourned.
View Tom Lukiwski Profile
CPC (SK)
Colleagues, I think we'll commence the meeting now. Thank you, all, for being here. We will have a bit of an abbreviated meeting today because of the ministerial statements following question period.
With us today we have some officials from the Treasury Board Secretariat.
Without further ado, Mr. Purves, I understand you have a brief opening statement.
View Tom Lukiwski Profile
CPC (SK)
I would ask you to commence with that, sir, and then we'll go into our regular round of questioning. I also understand, sir, you and your officials will be here until 5 p.m.
Mr. Glenn Purves: That's correct.
View Tom Lukiwski Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you very much. Please, sir, the floor is yours.
Glenn Purves
View Glenn Purves Profile
Glenn Purves
2019-03-18 15:57
Great. Thank you very much, Chair, and thank you to the members for inviting us here today to speak about the estimates.
Today we have an estimates double-header. I'll be discussing both the final supplementary estimates for 2018-2019 as well as the first estimates for 2019-2020.
As a refresher, the first few pages of supplementary estimates (B) summarize the total amounts presented for Parliament's approval and give additional information on major items and horizontal initiatives.
The next section of supplementary estimates details requirements by department and agency. Each organization will display its requirements by vote and initiative. The tabled document ends with the proposed schedules to the appropriation bill, which are based on amounts presented in these estimates.
Additional details are available online, including forecasts of statutory spending, allocations from Treasury Board central votes, expenditures by program or purpose, and transfers.
Finally, I would remind the committee that the GC InfoBase is also available to provide you with more information on authorities and expenditures.
Turning just to 2018-19 supplementary estimates (B), these final supplementary estimates for 2018-19 present a total of $6.2 billion in planned budgetary expenditures.
Of this amount, the government is seeking parliamentary approval for $2.5 billion in new spending for 48 organizations.
Two organizations appear for the first time in the estimates. The Department for Women and Gender Equality replaces the Office of the Coordinator, Status of Women, and a brand new organization, the Leaders' Debates Commission, was created by order in council in December.
The $2.5 billion in these estimates brings the total voted amount for this fiscal year to $123.6 billion. The government is also reporting an increase of $3.7 billion in statutory authorities, primarily for an adjustment to the public service pension account and for additional financial assistance for students.
In supplementary estimates (B), there are nine major items totalling $1.6 billion, 65% of the amount to be voted.
As supplementary estimates (B) are the last estimates for 2018–2019, we can now see the full picture of planned expenditures.
Turning to the 2019-20 interim estimates, these support the first appropriation act for 2019-20. As you will have noticed, interim estimates is, compared to other estimates, a brief document.
lt includes a brief summary and shows spending requirements for the first three months of the fiscal year. The document also provides a listing of grants, so that departments can make payments as soon as they are required.
With that, we'd be very pleased to answer any questions you have.
Thank you.
The last section of the document is the proposed schedules for the first appropriation bill of 2019-20. Through the 2019-20 interim estimates, the government is requesting $37.7 billion in budgetary expenditures and $14.3 million in non-budgetary expenditures for 122 organizations to cover operations for the first three months of the fiscal year. These expenditures will be included in the first appropriation bill, which will be introduced and voted on before the end of March.
We expect that the 2019-20 main estimates will be tabled in the House of Commons in the second week of April. As usual, the supply bill for main estimates will be introduced in early June, with supply expected to be granted before the end of the session.
Finally, I'd like to congratulate the committee on their report “Improving Transparency and Parliamentary Oversight of the Government's Spending Plans”. The views of this committee and others, along with the Senate, are very important and certainly we continue to digest the advice and recommendations provided.
View Tom Lukiwski Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you very much.
We will start with questions immediately, and we'll commence with Monsieur Drouin, for seven minutes, please.
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