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Daniel Paquette
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Daniel Paquette
2018-05-24 11:51
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Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
I will now take the time to ask the board to approve the templates of the House officers' expenditure reports, which will have to be published.
The publication of House officers' expenditures disclosure reports reflects the board's ongoing commitment to increased transparency and accountability.
Your approval of the templates of these reports of officers' expenditures in carrying out their parliamentary functions is one of the most important aspects of publishing these reports.
At its meeting on June 8, 2017, the board approved disclosure of expenditures for the Speaker and the other presiding officers, opposition leaders, House leaders, whips, national caucus chairs, national caucus research officer, and members who were former prime ministers.
The first House officer expenditure report will present a summary of expenses by category, and will cover the period of April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. The summary report to be disclosed in June will include for each House officer, their name, caucus, role, and the period of time in which they held the role for that particular fiscal year. The report will also include for each House officer, the total expenses by category, so their employee salaries, service contracts, travel, hospitality, and office expenses.
Starting in fiscal year 2018-19, expenses will be disclosed on a quarterly basis, within three months of the end of each quarter. The first quarter's House officer expenditure reports will be published by September 30, 2018. These quarterly reports will not only have the summary expenditure reports that I just explained, but will also have the detailed travel expenditure reports and detailed hospitality expenditure reports.
This graph here shows the templates of the officers' expenditure reports, the detailed reports of their travel expenditures and the detailed reports of their hospitality expenditures. If the board approves the proposed templates, the House administration will publish the officers' expenditure reports, based on the format presented today, on June 30, 2018, at the latest, as scheduled.
The publication of this report will benefit House officers by demonstrating the responsible management of taxpayer funds, highlight the board's commitment to transparency and accountability, and build a general public knowledge of House officers.
Mr. Speaker, I'm confident that these mock-ups proposed meet the intentions of the board.
I can now answer the board members' questions.
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View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you very much.
How do we take a change of mandate during the year into account? When there is a change in officers of the House, how are the expenditures accounted for?
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Daniel Paquette
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Daniel Paquette
2018-05-24 11:54
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The expenditures are charged to the officer in office. All expenditures accumulated before the change in officer are charged to the person who was in office at the time.
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View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
So, the expenditures are charged to the person in office?
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Daniel Paquette
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Daniel Paquette
2018-05-24 11:54
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Yes.
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View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
In any given year's report, there can be two chief government whips.
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Daniel Paquette
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Daniel Paquette
2018-05-24 11:54
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Yes. That is why there is a category to determine when officers were in office in any given financial year. We know if things have changed during the year.
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View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
How is it different from a member's expenditures report?
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Daniel Paquette
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Daniel Paquette
2018-05-24 11:54
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It's very similar, but perhaps has slightly fewer details. Officers don't have the same operating expenditures as constituency offices, which advertise at the level of
House officers, ten percenters,
and so on. These categories don't exist because there are no expenditures of this nature.
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View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
So, all expenditures, without exception, are charged to the officers. For example, if the chief of staff or those organizing a special caucus make expenditures, these expenditures will be listed under the officers' name.
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Daniel Paquette
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Daniel Paquette
2018-05-24 11:55
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Expenditures are charged to the office held by the officer. They are part of the expenditures required for carrying out a support function in Parliament.
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CPC (BC)
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2018-05-24 11:55
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Perhaps the whips have the most concerns here.
There are a number of functions and budgets that are captured under the whip, and I know there are perhaps some changes coming forward on this, but for instance, for the entire official opposition operation, the technology fund comes under the whip's budget.
Is that laid out in the reporting, all that this covers? Pablo mentioned special caucus meetings, etc. We provide monies to the national caucus chair for different things, but that would all be reported back under the whip's budget. Is that correct?
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Daniel Paquette
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Daniel Paquette
2018-05-24 11:56
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The national caucus chair is a separate group that would be reflected in a separate report for that responsibility.
For the other piece, we're presenting total expenditures by category for the role. The actual breakdown of the nature of the budgets is in the policy. The policy describes which categories of budget are there. We're not doing the breakdown of each one of those by category in the disclosure.
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Lib. (NS)
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2018-05-24 11:57
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Thank you very much.
Is it the will of the board to approve this recommendation?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
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