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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Rodriguez, you have the floor.
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View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
I have a short question about procedure. We have 12 minutes left, and I'd like to know what items should be discussed and adopted so that these people can function. What do we need to do before adjourning?
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Items four and five are the most pressing.
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View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Items four and five, you say?
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Yes. We're now on item four. If it pleases the committee, we will finish up item four.
Are there any questions about Mr. Dufresne's presentation?
Mr. Julian, you have the floor.
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View Peter Julian Profile
NDP (BC)
I have only one question. I'd like to know whether we should adopt item five today.
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Yes, item five is key because it concerns the budget. We need it to continue our work.
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View Peter Julian Profile
NDP (BC)
Okay.
Especially in the context of a minority Parliament, getting the legislation right is of primary importance. We've seen the cost of getting legislation wrong and of court challenges that ultimately cost taxpayers millions of dollars, so I do support this particular expenditure because of that.
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Strahl.
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View Mark Strahl Profile
CPC (BC)
View Mark Strahl Profile
2019-12-12 12:50
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I understand that the four additional positions are currently paid for out of the carry-forward for the House administration, so you're asking for those four to come into your budget line, plus an additional three.
Do we know how much money that will then free up for House administration, and do we know what that will then be allocated to?
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Dufresne and Mr. Paquette.
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Daniel Paquette
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Daniel Paquette
2019-12-12 12:51
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When we look at the carry-forward, usually we look at some of the priorities we have, various projects that are going to be in-year activities. Since the money is not guaranteed from year to year, we try to make sure we don't use it for a permanent pressure of that nature so that we're looking forward.
Some of it does go into some life-cycling of our assets and some of the other projects that come forward to support the members, so it's not usually determined ahead of time.
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you.
Are there any other questions? Are we all in agreement?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
Hon. Anthony Rota: On number five, proposed 2020-21 main estimates, we have, as the presenters, Daniel Paquette, chief financial officer; and Elaine Valiquette, senior director in financial planning, resource management and corporate policies.
Monsieur Paquette.
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Daniel Paquette
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Daniel Paquette
2019-12-12 12:52
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Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I am here today to present the proposed 2020-21 main estimates and seek the approval of the board. These estimates summarize all the associated items previously approved by the board, including the two submissions that we just heard today.
What we are asking for is the acceptance of the proposed amount of $516.4 million for main estimates for the House, which represents a 2.6% increase compared to the main estimates in previous years.
The House's main estimates include both voted and statutory expenditures. The voted portion is estimated to be $360 million, and the statutory, $156.3 million. Overall, the items previously approved are increases to the legislative aspect of operating budgets for members of Parliament and House officers, as well as allowances.
One item that is new for this year is the adjustment included for $1.7 million for House officers. This is the amount, given the revised party representation in the House, for the additional recognized party after the last general election.
Some of the key initiatives that we've highlighted before are the support of $2.5 million for the HR advisory service for members, which was approved by the board last February, and two of the assemblies that were also approved during the year that are going to happen in the fiscal year, for $1.3 million.
In closing, it is recommended that the Board approve the proposed 2020-21 Main Estimates for the House of Commons in the amount of $516.4 million. This funding is allocated between two programs, $310.6 million for the members and House officers program and $205.8 million for the House administration program.
We are ready for questions.
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you.
Are there any questions?
Mr. Strahl.
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