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Daniel Paquette
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Daniel Paquette
2019-12-12 12:52
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I am here today to present the proposed 2020-21 main estimates and seek the approval of the board. These estimates summarize all the associated items previously approved by the board, including the two submissions that we just heard today.
What we are asking for is the acceptance of the proposed amount of $516.4 million for main estimates for the House, which represents a 2.6% increase compared to the main estimates in previous years.
The House's main estimates include both voted and statutory expenditures. The voted portion is estimated to be $360 million, and the statutory, $156.3 million. Overall, the items previously approved are increases to the legislative aspect of operating budgets for members of Parliament and House officers, as well as allowances.
One item that is new for this year is the adjustment included for $1.7 million for House officers. This is the amount, given the revised party representation in the House, for the additional recognized party after the last general election.
Some of the key initiatives that we've highlighted before are the support of $2.5 million for the HR advisory service for members, which was approved by the board last February, and two of the assemblies that were also approved during the year that are going to happen in the fiscal year, for $1.3 million.
In closing, it is recommended that the Board approve the proposed 2020-21 Main Estimates for the House of Commons in the amount of $516.4 million. This funding is allocated between two programs, $310.6 million for the members and House officers program and $205.8 million for the House administration program.
We are ready for questions.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you.
Are there any questions?
Mr. Strahl.
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CPC (BC)
I have two questions. One is regarding the Office of the Clerk. It does appear, just looking at the numbers themselves from 2019-20 to 2020-21, that there is a significant reduction in the internal audit funding. Maybe you could just address this and assure us that the internal auditing is not being cut and that maybe there is a reorganization there.
Then, I would also ask about a similar reduction in the office of the deputy clerk, year over year. It looks like a 20% reduction in the office of the deputy clerk, procedure. Could you explain that reduction as well? What is the reason for that?
Daniel Paquette
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Daniel Paquette
2019-12-12 12:55
Yes, there were reorganizations in the organization to make sure that the various work is properly aligned. When it comes to the internal audit, we used to have the planning function that was under the chief internal audit. That has now been transferred under our deputy clerk for the administration, so there has been no reduction in the actual capacity from that perspective. For the procedural, it's the press gallery that was transferred, also under the deputy clerk, administration, so there has been—
View Mark Strahl Profile
CPC (BC)
That's all the power.
Voices: Oh, oh!
Mr. Daniel Paquette: That's right.
Michel Patrice
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Michel Patrice
2019-12-12 12:55
It's the secretariat, the press gallery secretariat.
Mr. Daniel Paquette: Yes, sorry. A little precision....
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Are there any other questions? Are we all in agreement? Good.
Now we have an in camera meeting. I don't know if we have enough time. Shall we proceed to in camera, or do we want to postpone it until the next meeting?
View Mark Holland Profile
Lib. (ON)
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2019-12-12 12:56
Mr. Chair, I think it's an important item. My suggestion would be to put it off until the next meeting.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Yes, I think we want to take the time. We don't want to rush through it. Okay, we'll postpone the in camera meeting until next time. Is everybody in agreement?
Some hon. members: Yes.
Hon. Anthony Rota: Okay. We're adjourned. Thank you very much.
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