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View Diane Lebouthillier Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Chair, pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), I have the honour to table in both official languages the 2019-2020 annual report of the Office of the Taxpayers' Ombudsman, entitled “Transformation through Disruption”.
View Francis Drouin Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Mr. Purves, I want to thank you for the explanation with regard to the planned statutory expenditures and the almost $81 billion. I do want to get back to you with regard to vote 5. I hope you can explain. I promise you that I will not interrupt you. I will give you at least two minutes to explain the reason we use vote 5.
I do want to ask the folks from Finance.... The emergency response acts were passed on March 25 and April 20 and there was a commitment from the Minister of Finance to report to the Standing Committee on Finance on the use of these expenditures. I haven't been to finance yet and I haven't had the chance to peruse those reports, so I'm wondering about the structure of those reports and the type of information that you're providing to the Standing Committee on Finance with regard to the planned expenditures that we've had through the emergency response acts.
Alison McDermott
View Alison McDermott Profile
Alison McDermott
2020-06-16 18:43
I can take that question.
With regard to these reports that we are putting out to FINA, I have an example of one here. We just deposited on Thursday the sixth report, which was put out on June 10. What they all do is review, essentially, the different components of the acts and the different measures that have been announced to date under each of these elements. The reason we're doing this is that the acts are somewhat open-ended, unlike some other pieces of legislation that specify how much money is being given, to whom and over what period of time. These acts are quite open-ended, and they say things like “authorize [these] payments” to be made out of the consolidated revenue fund “in relation to public health events of national concern”.
That's pretty broad and, I'd say, open-ended. That's why the minister committed to provide these reportings. For each item, there is a little description of how much we estimate the impact from a financial standpoint to be and a very brief description of what the item is. We describe which part of the act it is part of. Then generally there's some kind of a status update, or we've been providing status updates in cases where information is available, which is the case for most programs, describing what can be said about the implementation of those programs. Then we have a little table in the centre that kind of describes...an add-up table of all the measures.
We also have information on all the other elements of the COVID response plan that are not actually part of the act but are of interest to Canadians, so the minister is reporting on those as well.
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