Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
I am pleased to present the Report to Canadians 2018 to the Board of Internal Economy.
The report provides an overview of the work of members during fiscal year 2017-18 and of the House of Commons Administration. More specifically, it focuses on our performance and achievements and includes relevant financial information drawn from the Public Accounts of Canada. In short, it is our annual report.
As some of you reminded us when we met to talk about last year’s publication, the “Report to Canadians” is much more than that; it's an important document by which we tell our story to Canadians.
The “Report to Canadians” 2018 packs a lot of information into 48 pages. In the members’ snapshot section, for example, Canadians will find data on the composition of Parliament and on the nature of the work performed by members. There is statistical information about the House of Commons covering the past year, including the number of sitting days, the bills introduced by government and by private members, the volume of documents tabled and committee work.
This section also describes members' extraparliamentary activities through their participation in international associations. In addition, the reports presents a snapshot of the House Administration: the work done behind the scenes to prepare food and drive buses; to provide legal, financial and human resources services; to ensure that the Chamber and committees function as they should, and that parliamentary procedures and traditions are respected.
As you may recall, one of my first decisions as Clerk was to restructure the House administration to better coordinate our efforts and provide more seamless and enhanced services to members. I believe that this new arrangement has in part facilitated some of the administration’s accomplishments this past year, including preparations for the move from Centre Block to West Block. It's been a pretty big year.
Among the highlights, we celebrated Canada's sesquicentennial in parliamentary style by commemorating the first meeting of the first Parliament. We also carried out a host of legacy projects, such as the decorative window that will be a permanent reminder of this significant milestone, to be enjoyed by generations to come.
In 2017 the board opened its meetings to the public for the first time, our page program turned 40, and we published the third edition of House of Commons Procedure and Practice, the most comprehensive source of procedural information for members, their staff and others who, like me, have a passion for the procedures and practices that form our parliamentary system.
The House administration was also honoured when it was recognized as a top employer in the national capital region and at the national level for young people for the second consecutive year.
With this overview, I think you have a good idea of the latest edition of the Report to Canadians. With your approval, the report will be tabled in the House and made available on ourcommons.ca. The Speaker will also encourage members to share the report with their constituents.
My team will work to ensure that it reaches Canadians by sharing the report with our parliamentary partners and counterparts in provincial and territorial legislatures, by distributing electronic copies to the media, by leveraging our traditional and social media channels to promote it, and by amplifying the message about the work that happens on the Hill by teaming up with the Library of Parliament to engage the public.
We know we have a good story to tell.
If you have any comments or questions, I would be happy to respond.