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View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you very much, Madam Chair.
I'm surprised you missed your opportunity to cut off the Speaker.
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Hon. Andrew Scheer: That would have been amazing for an MP to tell the Speaker that he had run out of time, but I understand why you did not.
Thanks very much, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for joining us today.
I would like to clarify something you said. I think you said 12% of the increase was related to inflation.
Was that correct?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Okay.
Do you have a dollar amount of how much the inflation the government is causing is affecting the line item for the Parliamentary Protective Service?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Okay.
All in all, in the last few years we've seen some pretty big increases to the House of Commons' overall spending. The House grew by 10% after the 2015 election, but in some years since we have had 17% or 19% increases. In 2019-20, we had a 19.4% increase. In 2020-21, we had 23.6%, and now, again, another big increase.
What are some of the reasons for these big increases in spending above inflation and above the growth of the House of Commons' membership?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
One of the challenges we've had with the pandemic and the restrictions that have been brought in with it is that all members have experienced the strain that's been put on House resources, such as accommodating various committees in a hybrid format, and challenges with technology and with translation especially.
We have been told over the past few years that when there is something extra, sometimes committee have to get cancelled because there's a complete lack of resources. Now we're facing a situation in the coming weeks, if the House passes the Liberal motion, in which we're going to be sitting until midnight regularly until the end of the session.
What impact do you think this is going to have on the ability of the committees to do their work if they've already been strained and now more resources are going to have to be diverted to the late night House sittings?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
When the House had midnight sittings last spring, we understand that there were about eight committee meetings per week that were cancelled.
Is that about what we could expect? Has the House ramped up in anticipation of this?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
So there is one parliamentary envelope or pool for interpretation that the Senate and the House both draw from?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
The House doesn't have its own pool?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
I see. Where does Parliament fit in the pecking order?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Okay. I just wanted to make sure of that.
I'm sorry to loop back to the increase, but can you just repeat what the overall increase is? Is the 3.5% the only increase this year over last year?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
What's the total percentage increase year over year if you add in everything, such as the CPI and inflation?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Total?
Mr. Paul St George: Total.
Hon. Andrew Scheer: So that was the total increase. Okay.
On the Parliamentary Protective Service side, I was Speaker at the tail end, just as the entity was being constructed. Overall, is there any feedback on whether or not that has achieved the goal of streamlining, of finding efficiencies and of eliminating duplications, especially as it relates to cost? Have we seen increases or decreases or about the same level of spending? Where would you rate the impact of the new service on the cost of providing security on the Hill?
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