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Report of the committee

Thursday, February, 18, 2016

The Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry has the honour to present its

SECOND REPORT

Your committee, which was authorized by the Senate on Thursday, January 28, 2016, to examine and report on international market access priorities for the Canadian agricultural and agri-food sector, respectfully requests funds for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, and requests, for the purpose of such study, that it be empowered:

(a to engage the services of such counsel, technical, clerical and other personnel as may be necessary;

(b to adjourn from place to place within Canada; and

(c to travel inside Canada.

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,

GHISLAIN MALTAIS

Chair

STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY

International market access priorities for the Canadian agricultural and agri-food sector

APPLICATION FOR BUDGET AUTHORIZATION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 2016

Extract from the Journals of the Senate of Thursday, January 28, 2016:

The Honourable Senator Maltais moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Tannas:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry be authorized to examine and report on international market access priorities for the Canadian agricultural and agri-food sector. The study will focus on:

(athe expectations and concerns of stakeholders from the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector;

(bsustainable improvements to the production capabilities of the supply chain;

(cdiversity, food security and traceability; and

(dthe competitiveness and profitability of Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector (including producers and processors).

That the papers and evidence received and taken and work accomplished by the committee on this subject during the Second Session of the Forty-first Parliament be referred to the Committee; and

That the Committee submit its final report to the Senate no later than March 31, 2017, and that the Committee retain until June 30, 2017, all powers necessary to publicize its findings.

After debate,

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

Charles Robert

Clerk of the Senate

SUMMARY OF BUDGET

Activity 1:
Moncton, New Brunswick
$


84,137
TOTAL$


84,137

The above budget was approved by the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry on Thursday, February 4, 2016.

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





Date
GHISLAIN MALTAIS
Chair, Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry










Date
LEO HOUSAKOS
Chair, Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration

GENERAL ESTIMATE OF THE TOTAL COST OF THE SPECIAL STUDY

Pursuant to Chapter 3:06, section 2(2) of the Senate Administrative Rules.

Expenses for fiscal year 2015-2016: $84,137

Expenses for fiscal year 2016-2017: $80,936

Estimate of the total cost of the special study: $165,073

STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY

International market access priorities for the Canadian agricultural and agri-food sector

EXPLANATION OF BUDGET ITEMS APPLICATION FOR BUDGET AUTHORIZATION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 2016

ACTIVITY 1: Moncton, New Brunswick



FACT-FINDING AND PUBLIC HEARINGS



12 senators and 9 staff



1 clerk, 2 analysts, 3 interpreters



1 administrative assistant, 2 stenographers - public hearings only










PROFESSIONAL AND OTHER SERVICES









1.Reporting/transcribing (0403)9,000




(2 days, $4,500/day)



2.Transcript editing services (0143)2,400


Sub-total
$11,400








TRANSPORTATION, ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING EXPENSES







1.Transportation - air (economy)33,201




12 senators x $1,581 (0224)





9 staff x $1,581 (0227)



2.Hotel accommodation10,800




12 senators, $200/night, 3 nights (0222)





6 staff, $200/night, 3 nights (0226)



3.Hotel accommodation (public hearings only)1,200




3 staff, $200/night, 2 nights (0226)



4.Per diem6,912




12 senators, $96/day, 4 days (0221)





6 staff, $96/day, 4 days (0225)



5.Per diem864




3 staff, $96/day, 3 days (0225)



6.Working meals (travel) (0231)6,000


7.Taxis4,200




12 senators x $200 (0223)





9 staff x $200 (0232)



8.Charter bus (0228)1,200




(1 day, $1,200/day)



Sub-total
$64,377








ALL OTHER EXPENDITURES










OTHER



1.Miscellaneous costs associated with travel (0229)500










PRINTING



2.Printing (0321)200










RENTALS



3.Rental office space (meeting rooms) (0540)3,000




(2 days, $1,500/day)



4.Rental - interpretation equipment (0504)4,660




(2 days, $2,330/day)



Sub-total
$8,360








Total of Activity 1
$84,137







Grand Total

$84,137

The Senate Administration has reviewed this budget application.




Date
Blair Armitage, Principal Clerk,
Committees Directorate








Date
Michèle Serano, Comptroller,
Finance and Procurement Directorate

APPENDIX (B) TO THE REPORT

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration has examined the budget presented to it by the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, for the purpose of its special study on international market access priorities for the Canadian agricultural and agri-food sector, as authorized by the Senate on Thursday, January 28, 2016. The said budget is as follows:

Activity 1:
Moncton, New Brunswick
$


84,137
TOTAL$


84,137

(includes funds for public hearings and a fact-finding mission; includes funds for 12 senators to travel)

The budgets approved by the Senate for each travel activity are the maximum amount that can be spent for that activity;

Budgets normally include funds for the full membership of the committee to travel;

In general, a reduced delegation actually travels and efforts are made to find additional savings;

Therefore, actual expenditures are expected to be considerably below the approved budget, and they will be reported to the Senate;

Any surplus funds remaining at the conclusion of a travel activity will be clawed-back and can be made available for allocation to committees for other activities.

Respectfully submitted,

LEO HOUSAKOS

Chair