Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Banking, Trade and Commerce

Issue 5 - Third Report of the Committee


Thursday, December 6, 2007

The Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce has the honour to present its

THIRD REPORT

Your committee which was authorized by the Senate on Tuesday, November 20, 2007, to examine and report on issues dealing with interprovincial barriers to trade, respectfully requests that it be empowered to engage the services of such counsel, technical, clerical and other personnel as may be necessary and to adjourn from place to place and travel within Canada for the purpose of this study.

Pursuant to Chapter 3:06, section 2(1)(c) of the Senate Administrative Rules, the budget submitted to the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration and the report thereon of that committee are appended to this report.

Respectfully submitted,

W. DAVID ANGUS

Chair


STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON
BANKING, TRADE AND COMMERCE

SPECIAL STUDY ON INTERPROVINCIAL
BARRIERS TO TRADE

APPLICATION FOR BUDGET AUTHORIZATION
FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 2008

Extract from the Journals of the Senate of Tuesday, November 20, 2007:

The Honourable Senator Angus moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Brown:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce be authorized to examine and report on issues dealing with interprovincial barriers to trade in Canada, in particular:

  • the economic and trade barriers that exist between provinces in Canada;

  • the extent to which such interprovincial barriers are limiting the growth and profitability of the affected sectors of the economy as well as the ability of businesses in affected provinces, jointly and with relevant U.S. states, to form the economic regions that will enhance prosperity; and

  • measures that could be taken by the federal and provincial governments to facilitate the reduction or the elimination of such interprovincial trade barriers in order to enhance trade, develop a national economy, and strengthen Canada's economic union; and

That the papers and evidence received and taken on the subject during the First session of the Thirty-ninth Parliament and any other relevant Parliamentary papers and evidence on the said subject be referred to the Committee; and

That the Committee submit its final report no later than December 31 2008, and that the Committee retain until March 31, 2009 all powers necessary to publicize its findings.

After debate,
The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

Paul C. Bélisle

Clerk of the Senate


SUMMARY OF EXPENDITURES

Professional and Other Services $ 69,500
Transportation and Communications 232,030
All Other Expenditures     7,300
TOTAL $ 308,830

The above budget was approved by the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce on November 28, 2007.

The undersigned or an alternate will be in attendance on the date that this budget is considered.

 

Date
W. David Angus
Chair, Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce
     
Date
George J. Furey
Chair, Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration



HISTORICAL INFORMATION

Fiscal year 2005-2006 2006-2007
Total approved $ 6,000

$ 9,000

Expenditures $ 0 $ 911


STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON
BANKING, TRADE AND COMMERCE

SPECIAL STUDY ON INTERPROVINCIAL BARRIERS TO TRADE

EXPLANATION OF BUDGET ITEMS
APPLICATION FOR BUDGET AUTHORIZATION
FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 2008

GENERAL EXPENSES          
PROFESSIONAL AND OTHER SERVICES
1. Expert consultants and Consultant in Communication
    (0401) & (0435)
    (20 days @ $ 1,200/day)
$ 24,000
2. Working meals (0415)
    (10 meals @ $ 400/meal)
4,000
Sub-total $ 28,000
TRANSPORTATION AND COMMUNICATIONS
Sub-total $ 0
ALL OTHER EXPENDITURES
1. Books (0702) $ 150
2. Publications 150
Sub-total $ 300
Total $ 28,300
           
ACTIVITY 1 - MANITOBA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ROUNDTABLE
Winnipeg, November 28, 2007
2 Senators, 1 staff, 2 days
PROFESSIONAL AND OTHER SERVICES
Sub-total $ 0    
TRANSPORTATION AND COMMUNICATIONS  
1. Senator's air transportation (0224)
    (2 senators @ $ 2,850)
$ 5,700
2. Staff's air transportation (0227)
    (1 staff @ $ 2,500)
2,500
3. Ground transportation (0228)
    (3 participants @ $ 100)
300
4. Hotel accommodation (0222) & (0226)
    (3 participants for 2 nights @ $ 275/ night)
1,650
5. Per diem (0221) & (0225)
    (3 participants for 2 days @ $ 79.30/ day)
480
7. Miscellaneous costs on travel (0229) 1,000
Sub-total $ 11,630
ALL OTHER EXPENDITURES          
Sub-total     $ 0    
Total       $ 11,630  
           
ACTIVITY 2 - VANCOUVER AND CALGARY
Public Hearings
12 Senators, 8 staff, 3 days
PROFESSIONAL AND OTHER SERVICES
1. Interpretation Equipment rental (ISTS-Telav)   $ 7,000      
2. Reporting (0403)
    (2 days @ $ 2,800/day)
  5,600      
3. Communications consultant (0435)
    (2 days @ $ 800/day)
  1,600      
4. Advertising   2,000      
Sub-total $ 16,200    
TRANSPORTATION AND COMMUNICATIONS  
1. Senator's air transportation (0224)
    (12 senators @ $ 3,450)
$ 41,400
2. Staff's air transportation (0227)
    (8 staff @ $ 2,200)
17,600
3. Ground transportation (0228)
    (20 participants @ $ 300)
6,000
4. Hotel accommodation (0222) & (0226)
    (20 participants for 3 nights @ $ 275/night)
16,500
5. Per diem (0221) & (0225)
    (20 participants for 3 days @ $ 79.30/day)
4,760
6. Working lunches and dinners (0415)
    (20 participants)
    (3 meals @ $ 1,000/meal)
  3,000      
7. Miscellaneous costs on travel (0229) 5,000
Sub-total $ 94,260
ALL OTHER EXPENDITURES          
1. Meeting room rental (0540)
    (3 days @ $ 1,000/day)
  $ 3,000      
Sub-total     $ 3,000    
Total       $ 113,460  
           
ACTIVITY 3 - HALIFAX
Public Hearings
12 Senators, 8 staff, 2 days
PROFESSIONAL AND OTHER SERVICES
1. Interpretation Equipment rental (ISTS-Telav)   $3,500      
2. Reporting (0403)
    (1 day @ $ 2,800/day)
  2,800      
3. Communications consultant (0435)
    (1 day @ $ 800/day)
  800      
4. Advertising   2,000      
Sub-total $ 9,100    
TRANSPORTATION AND COMMUNICATIONS  
1. Senator's air transportation (0224)
    (12 senators @ $ 1,950)
  $ 23,400      
2. Staff's air transportation (0227)
    (8 staff @ $ 1200)
9,600
3. Ground transportation (0228)
    (20 participants @ $ 300)
6,000
4. Hotel accommodation (0222) & (0226)
    (20 participants for 2 nights @ $ 275/night)
11,000
5. Per diem (0221) & (0225)
    (20 participants for 2 days @ $ 79.30/day)
3,170
6. Working lunches and dinners (0415)
    (20 participants)
    (2 meals @ $ 1,000/meal)
  2,000      
7. Miscellaneous costs on travel (0229) 5,000
Sub-total $ 60,170
ALL OTHER EXPENDITURES          
1. Meeting room rental (0540)
    (1 day @ $ 1,000/day)
  $ 1,000      
Sub-total     $ 1,000    
Total       $ 70,270  
           
ACTIVITY 4 - MONTREAL AND TORONTO
Public Hearings
12 Senators, 8 staff, 3 days
PROFESSIONAL AND OTHER SERVICES
1. Interpretation Equipment rental (ISTS-Telav)   $7,000      
2. Reporting (0403)
    (2 days @ $ 2,800/day)
  5,600      
3. Communications consultant (0435)
    (2 days @ $ 800/day)
  1,600      
4. Advertising   2,000      
Sub-total $ 16,200    
TRANSPORTATION AND COMMUNICATIONS  
1. Senator's air transportation (0224)
    Montreal
    (12 senators @ $ 1,000)
    Toronto
    (12 senators @ $ 1,100)
  $ 25,200      
2. Staff's air transportation (0227)
    Montreal
    (8 staff @ $ 800)
    Toronto
    (8 staff @ $ 900)
13,600
3. Ground transportation (0228)
    (20 participants @ $ 300)
6,000
4. Hotel accommodation (0222) & (0226)
    (20 participants for 2 nights @ $ 275/night)
11,000
5. Per diem (0221) & (0225)
    (20 participants for 2 days @ $ 79.30/day)
3,170
6. Working lunches and dinners (0415)
    (20 participants)
    (2 meals @ $ 1,000/meal)
  2,000      
7. Miscellaneous costs on travel (0229) 5,000
Sub-total $ 65,970
ALL OTHER EXPENDITURES          
1. Meeting room rental (0540)
    (3 days @ $ 1,000/day)
  $ 3,000      
Sub-total     $ 3,000    
Total       $ 85,170  
Grand Total         $ 308,830

The Senate administration has reviewed this budget application.
 

Heather Lank, Principal Clerk, Committees Directorate
Date
     
Hélène Lavoie, Director of Finance
Date


APPENDIX (B) TO THE REPORT

Thursday, December 6, 2007

The Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration has examined the budget presented to it by the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce for the proposed expenditures of the said Committee for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2008 for the purpose of its special study on interprovincial barriers to trade, as authorized by the Senate on Tuesday, November 20, 2007. The said budget is as follows:

Professional and Other Services $ 69,500
Transportation and Communications 232,030
All Other Expenditures     7,300
TOTAL $ 308,830

(includes funds for a fact-finding mission in Manitoba and public hearing in Vancouver, Calgary, Halifax, Montreal and Toronto)

Respectfully submitted,

GEORGE J. FUREY

Chair


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