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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you.
Are there any other questions?
I see that there aren't any.
So we'll move on to the sixth item, “temporary COVID‑19 financial policies”.
Our presenters are Paul St George, who is the chief financial officer, and José Fernandez, who is the deputy chief financial officer.
The floor is yours.
Paul St George
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Paul St George
2022-06-02 11:33
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
I am here today to seek the Board of Internal Economy's approval to extend two temporary policies that were put in place to assist members of Parliament in dealing with the challenges associated with the COVID‑19 pandemic and are due to expire on June 30, 2022.
I would also like to inform the board that the House of Commons administration has extended the offer of rapid antigen tests until March 31, 2023.
The first temporary policy allows members to include messages and solicitation of donations related to COVID‑19 in their advertisements and other printed materials. As the pandemic continues to evolve, the administration recommends that the board continue to allow members to do so until March 31, 2023.
The second temporary policy concerns the reimbursement of Internet expenses incurred by members' employees. Based on our research, 30% of MPs used this policy in the 2021‑22 fiscal year, compared to 42% in the previous fiscal year. As this policy has had an impact on MP employees who are teleworking, the administration recommends that it also be extended to March 31, 2023.
Given the ongoing nature of the pandemic and the fact that some employees continue to telework, the extension of these temporary policies would provide members with the flexibility to communicate COVID-19-related messages to their constituents and to reimburse reasonable Internet costs incurred by their employees.
I also want to report that the administration has extended the availability of the rapid antigen tests until March 31, 2023, with an annual budget cap of $1,800, which is the annualized amount per member for the full fiscal year. The cap for House officers and national caucus research offices would also be adjusted accordingly.
Mr. Speaker, this concludes my presentation. I would be pleased to answer any questions.
View John Brassard Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
The rapid test submission that was approved this winter contemplated $1.2 million in expenses during the last fiscal year. Can you confirm what the actual final cost was?
Paul St George
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Paul St George
2022-06-02 11:36
I can give you an estimate, as we are closing our books at this time.
We issued about 204 in total, and when I say “issued”, 82 were disbursed from the House and 122 were actually purchased by the members. Therefore, the total that we spent of that was only just under $100,000.
View John Brassard Profile
CPC (ON)
When you said “204” and “122”, I would have thought it was 204,000, but....
Paul St George
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Paul St George
2022-06-02 11:37
No, I'm sorry. It's 204 units.
Paul St George
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Paul St George
2022-06-02 11:37
That's correct.
View Peter Julian Profile
NDP (BC)
Thanks very much, Mr. Chair.
Thanks for the report.
I support the recommendations. In the last week, 260 Canadians died from COVID-related causes. I know that there is a tendency to want to turn the page and just pretend that COVID isn't out there, but it is killing Canadians every day still, as we know, and the reality is that there are new variants that may be problematic as well and may lead, unfortunately, to an increase in that death toll.
The idea of wearing masks is something that I think we have all agreed to. The idea that we would continue some of the other COVID financial measures makes sense as well. Being able to provide information in our constituencies is fundamentally important, and providing support for donations to charities that have been working to ensure that in our communities the people who have been impacted by COVID.... It's not just the virus. It's the fact that so many people have suffered economic dislocation as a result as well.
All of those things seem to be smart measures to take, not only with the current situation, where we continue to lose Canadians, but also in anticipation of other measures that we may have to take. I support the recommendations, and I believe we have to continue to be prudent as we work through the coming weeks and months. The idea that this is simply over is not true. Prudent public health measures and making sure that our constituents are aware both of programs that may emerge and of issues related to COVID in our constituency just makes good common sense.
View John Brassard Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
In doing the quick math on the report, it tells me that 15% of MPs have continued acquiring test kits. I'm going to take our party and the Bloc party out of it. Let's suppose it was the Liberals and the NDP, which isn't actually the case, that would still mean that more than two-thirds of MPs from those two parties, for example, aren't even bothering to have test kits available to their own staff.
Would that number be accurate, in your opinion?
Paul St George
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Paul St George
2022-06-02 11:40
That is correct, but we're finding that not all test kits that they have are necessarily being reimbursed or coming from the House. Some are being received free of charge, so we don't have the total in terms of the numbers that are being utilized.
View John Brassard Profile
CPC (ON)
Okay.
Do you have any data, even anecdotal data, for example about the recent uptake of the permission to include pandemic fundraising appeals and so on in MP communications?
Paul St George
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Paul St George
2022-06-02 11:40
No, I don't at this time.
View John Brassard Profile
CPC (ON)
The other thing that you've done is that you've provided us with data on the uptake of the home Internet reimbursement policy, but do you have the total dollar value of those reimbursements that were made in the previous fiscal year, the number?
José Fernandez
View José Fernandez Profile
José Fernandez
2022-06-02 11:40
For the Internet, it was around $140,000.
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