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View Kevin Lamoureux Profile
Lib. (MB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I do have a few very technical questions that I would like to start off with by asking Mr. Watters, if I may.
Then I have a question for you, Mr. Speaker.
What we need to appreciate is that what we're reviewing, of course, are the main estimates for 2015-16. Do these estimates factor in the anticipated recovery of the $2.7 million from some of the NDP members for inappropriate use of parliamentary resources related to the satellite office?
Mark G. Watters
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Mark G. Watters
2015-05-28 13:14
These are actually spending estimates, so they represent expenditures of funds against a budget. The issue of a recovery would be a receivable. That would be a balance sheet item, not an expense statement item. They would not include that because of the simple fact that we're talking about net new expenditures.
View Kevin Lamoureux Profile
Lib. (MB)
Right.
Could you provide the committee an update on the recovery of the $2.7 million from the NDP members?
Mr. Craig Scott: On a point of order—
View Joe Preston Profile
CPC (ON)
I will allow us to carry on. We've been fairly flexible whenever we're looking at estimates, and certainly even with the Chief Electoral Officer we got off into talking about whether it was election maps or other things.
Keep it within bounds, Mr. Lamoureux, if you can, please. Keep it to spending, if you can. I'll be a little more flexible, but not too much.
View Kevin Lamoureux Profile
Lib. (MB)
I appreciate the latitude, Mr. Chairperson.
In regard to the expenditures, in order to achieve expenditures, we have a balance. There are often moneys being spent in budgets that you have to attempt to recover at times, so when a member does inappropriately spend money out of their MOB, there is a process to collect it. It's bylaw number 20. I can read it for all committee members. It states:
If a Member is 90 days or more in arrears in an amount owed to the House of Commons, the Chief Financial Officer may deduct the amount in arrears from any amount to be paid by the House of Commons to the Member, except a payment under section 55.1, 62.1, 62.2, or 62.3 of the Parliament of Canada Act.
Can you confirm that at the end of the 90 days the House administration will take the actions described by bylaw number 20 to recover these funds? Also, can you confirm whether or not it is in your discretion to withhold severance or pension contributions?
Mark G. Watters
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Mark G. Watters
2015-05-28 13:17
Mr. Chair, that matter is before the Board of Internal Economy right now, so the board is dealing with that matter.
I think that's going to be my answer on that. I have nothing further to add, really.
View Joe Preston Profile
CPC (ON)
The government will be voting no on clause 2.
Is there further debate on clause 2?
Seeing none, I'll call for the vote.
Mr. Craig Scott: I would ask for a recorded vote.
(Clause 2 negatived: nays 5; yeas 3)
(On clause 3)
The Chair: Yes, Mr. Reid.
View Stephen Woodworth Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you very much. Yet, although the lease is in the name of an NDP caucus services funded by taxpayers, it has the NDP partisan symbol on the door, not the House of Commons, correct?
Peter Watts
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Peter Watts
2014-05-05 17:01
That's a great question.
In 2013 China was the largest buyer of Canadian peas for the first time in history, up until now. Of course India has been our largest export market for pulse crops, taking primarily peas and lentils, with typically between a million and a million and a half tonnes a year. That's about a quarter of our total production in Canada. It's a huge market in India.
However, I think what you're alluding to is the growth and opportunity in the east Asian market, China in particular. We've seen massive growth and exports of peas to China. Your question about how we can tap into that market in the future is a great one.
I'll give you one example from Saskatchewan, the biggest pulse-growing province. The Saskatchewan Pulse Growers recently invested nearly half a million dollars in a research project in China to try to incorporate pulse ingredients into such staple Chinese food products as steamed buns, noodles, and baked biscuits.
That's how we have to adapt to the new and changing marketplace. We have to invest in R and D to help Canadian processors sell into these markets and also work with the importing markets to help them use these ingredients in their food products.
Stewart Wells
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Stewart Wells
2013-02-05 12:04
I don't think it's accurate to pull something out of context and try to read something into it.
View Rodney Weston Profile
CPC (NB)
View Rodney Weston Profile
2012-03-12 16:57
Thank you.
It's been moved by Mr. Donnelly that the committee extend the time today to conclude at 6:30.
On that, Mr. Hayes.
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