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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Do we have consent?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
Hon. Anthony Rota: We'll move forward.
Thank you. That was a very good presentation.
View Peter Julian Profile
NDP (BC)
Amazingly convincing; we have nothing to say.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Number 7.
This item concerns the use of House resources to hold an event in a constituency office.
Mr. Julian, do you have a question?
View Peter Julian Profile
NDP (BC)
Yes. I want to be on the list.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Let's put Mr. Julian on the list.
Before continuing the discussion on item number 7, the use of House resources to hold an event in a constituency office, I want to inform the Board of Internal Economy that a letter was received yesterday afternoon from the member concerned.
In a letter to the clerk, the member indicated that the event was parliamentary in nature and that no partisan activities were held at or during the event. However, the member takes full responsibility for the error contained in the initial invitation and has enclosed a cheque reimbursing the cost of the event.
Mr. Julian, did you have any comments?
View Peter Julian Profile
NDP (BC)
I'm glad to hear that. I thought the email was not good, but the member's response was very quick in notifying the clerk, in withdrawing the email and also in submitting the cheque. Unless other members have comments, I have no further comments.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Are there any other comments? If we have unanimous consent on this one, we'll move on.
Some hon. members: Agreed.
Hon. Anthony Rota: Very good.
We'll pause for about two minutes and 45 seconds to allow everyone to leave while we go in camera.
[Proceedings continue in camera]
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Order. Welcome, everyone.
I don't want everybody to think that we will have only 25-minute meetings from now on. This will not be the norm. This is not a precedent.
In light of what's happened, we will end at about one o'clock. We'll try to make it as quick as possible.
If it's okay, with your unanimous consent, we'll go straight to item three. Do we have your consent?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
Hon. Anthony Rota: Perfect.
We'll start with Madame Labrecque-Riel.
To the witnesses, I just want to remind you that we are under time constraints. We would ask you to be as concise as possible. We have to end at one o'clock, unfortunately.
As I'm sure you have a lot of details, I'll stop and let you start.
Colette Labrecque-Riel
View Colette Labrecque-Riel Profile
Colette Labrecque-Riel
2019-12-12 12:37
Mr. Chair, members of the Board of Internal Economy, good afternoon.
I am here to present a funding request for a minor reorganization I've undertaken at the International and Interparliamentary Affairs Directorate.
Some time ago, I decided to do an analysis of the workload of my team and discovered that the working conditions were not optimal. The IIA directorate, international and interparliamentary affairs, is a joint Senate and House directorate. I have Senate employees and House employees on my team. We deliver services for parliamentary associations, Speakers' exchanges, protocol and conferences. We currently have 54 FTE employees—12 Senate and 42 House.
We did an analysis in terms of the working conditions. I felt obliged to present a reorganization restructuring.
The analysis on which I based my recommendation showed that we had too many competing operational needs. Overtime was on the rise, sick leave usage was high, and we had low usage of annual leave. There was also a very high turnover rate.
I therefore initiated a minor reorganization of my team. We have reassigned internal resources, and we need one more employee to respond to operational needs and pressure. As I said earlier, we serve both the Senate and the House. I've included the numbers. The Senate share of the cost is 30%, and the House share is 70%.
Essentially, here is the bottom line for the House of Commons for this additional FTE. It was piloted on my team, and I have found very encouraging results since April: Overtime is down; sick leave is down; annual leave is up in terms of their ability to take it.
So that is the request before you—the approval of one FTE.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Rodriguez, do you have any questions?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Yes, thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
I imagine the hiring has brought down overtime, as you said. Reduced overtime means reduced costs. Does that help somewhat?
Colette Labrecque-Riel
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Colette Labrecque-Riel
2019-12-12 12:39
Yes, I expect it will. Cost reduction was one of my main objectives. We will see cost recovery, especially when it comes to international conferences. As you know, the Joint Interparliamentary Council comes here from time to time to seek funding approval for major international conferences. On average, these conferences cost more than $1 million. For these conferences, an amount is always set aside for overtime. My objective is to reduce this amount. After one or two conferences, I will already have recovered the funds to cover this individual's salary.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Julian, you have a question.
View Peter Julian Profile
NDP (BC)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
I support this additional funding, which is around $96,000. The most striking argument that prompts me to support this request is that employees worked almost 3,000 hours of overtime, but only managed to get 200 hours of annual leave. That means there's a problem. People are increasingly required to work overtime. We can see here that they were unable to take their annual leave. As a result, more and more sick leave hours are being used.
We manage financial resources here, sure, but we also manage human resources. It seems there is a work overload here. The responsible thing for us to do is add a few more human resources to balance things out a little more in this area.
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