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View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Good morning, Mr. Fréchette. It is an honour to meet you and your team. Thank you for joining us this morning.
Last fall, in 2016, we debated some reforms of the main estimates a little. We did so without focusing on whether the figures or the accounting methods were exact and without discussing all those questions of a technical nature. Instead, from a more philosophic perspective, we spent time discussing whether the reforms would actually reduce the time allocated to members to scrutinize government spending in depth.
In your opinion, if these reforms were adopted, would that actually reduce the time allowed to scrutinize the expenditures?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Right.
On the third page of your document, you say: “the government may be able to address some of these challenges by preparing and presenting its budget and estimates concurrently…”
What exactly do you mean? Does concurrently mean on the same day and with the same figures? Is that what you mean?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Yes, in Australia, when changes were made to align the budgets, it seems to me that it was done immediately, was it not? They did not take two or three years to conduct pilot projects.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Mr. Fréchette, I will let you have the floor for the two final minutes, so that you can make any comments.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Right.
I have one final question.
Is the alignment of the budget and the supplementary estimates designed to improve the management of the public purse or to make the documents easier to study in committee and for the public and MPs to understand? Basically, we have been operating in this way since 1867. I feel that Canada is a fantastic, rich country anyway. We all agree that it is a great democracy.
Is the goal of the reform to manage an internal process on Parliament Hill or is it really to improve the management of the public purse?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Mr. Fréchette, I am going to come back to my last question and rephrase it.
Is there anything normative behind the harmonization of budgets, meaning the supplementary estimates tabled in March are more reflective of the budget for the current fiscal year? Is it really to improve the accountability or democratic accountability that Canadians can expect from their government? Are we looking for a better way to live together or is it really about helping us to do our work better on a technical level?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
I have one last question.
Did research institutes, university chairs or professors tell you that studying budgets was an important process for them, as it would help them in their research?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Right.
I will turn things over to Mr. McCauley.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Hello and thank you to our witnesses for being here with us this morning. Your presence is very much appreciated.
I do not know who can answer this question, so it is open to everyone.
How much does Canada spend on advertising in other countries?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Global Affairs Canada advises departments on their spending on advertising outside Canada. That is why I would like to know how much is spent.
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