Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence

Report of the committee

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence has the honour to present its

SECOND REPORT

Your committee, which was authorized by the Senate on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, to study security threats facing Canada, respectfully requests funds for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, 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 travel inside Canada; and

(c to travel outside 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,

DANIEL LANG

Chair

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STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL SECURITY AND DEFENCE

Study on security threats facing Canada

APPLICATION FOR BUDGET AUTHORIZATION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 2017

Extract from the Journals of the Senate of Tuesday, February 2, 2016:

The Honourable Senator Lang moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Neufeld: That the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence be authorized to examine and report on security threats facing Canada, including but not limited to:

(acyber espionage;

(bthreats to critical infrastructure;

(cterrorist recruitment and financing; and

(dterrorist operations and prosecutions.

That the papers and evidence received and taken and the 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 report to the Senate no later than December 31, 2017, and that it retain all powers necessary to publicize its findings until 180 days after the tabling of the final report.

After debate,

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

Charles Robert

Clerk of the Senate

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SUMMARY OF BUDGET

Activity 1:
Halifax and Washington


$101,546
Activity 2:
Montreal and Regina

$88,612
Total

$190,158

The above budget was approved by the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence on Monday, March 7, 2016.

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












Date
DANIEL LANG
Chair, Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence











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

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STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL SECURITY AND DEFENCE

Study on security threats facing Canada

EXPLANATION OF BUDGET ITEMS APPLICATION FOR BUDGET AUTHORIZATION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 2017

ACTIVITY 1: Halifax and Washington



FACT-FINDING



16 participants: 9 Senators, 7 staff



1 clerk, 1 analyst, 3 interpreters, 2 senators’ assistants










PROFESSIONAL AND OTHER SERVICES










HOSPITALITY



1.Hospitality - meals (Washington) (0410)4,000


2.Hospitality -room rental (Washington) (0410)2,000










OTHER



3.Interpreters (Washington) (0444)2,400




(2 days, $1,200/day)



Sub-total
$8,400








TRANSPORTATION, ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING EXPENSES










1.Transportation - air51,800




9 senators x $4,000 (0224)





4 staff x $3,200 (0227) (1 clerk, 1 analyst, 2 senators’ staff)





3 staff x $1,000 (0227)



2.Hotel accommodation (Halifax)3,200




9 senators, $200/night, 1 night (0222)





7 staff, $200/night, 1 night (0226)



3.Hotel accommodation (Washington)9,750




9 senators, $250/night, 3 nights (0222)





4 staff, $250/night, 3 nights (0226) (1 clerk, 1 analyst, 2 senators’ staff)



4.Per diem (Halifax)3,072




9 senators, $96/day, 2 days (0221)





7 staff, $96/day, 2 days (0225)



5.Per diem (Washington)3,744




9 senators, $96/day, 3 days (0221)





4 staff, $96/day, 3 days (0225) (1 clerk, 1 analyst, 2 senators’ staff)



6.Working meals (Halifax) (0231)2,180


7.Working meals (Washington) (0231)9,800


8.Taxis2,400




9 senators x $150 (0223)





7 staff x $150 (0232)



9.Charter bus (Halifax)(0228)2,400




(2 days, $1,200/day)



10.Charter bus (Washington) (0228)3,600




(3 days, $1,200/day)



Sub-total
$91,946








ALL OTHER EXPENDITURES










OTHER



1.Miscellaneous costs associated with travel (0229)500










RENTALS



2.Rental - interpretation equipment (0504)700









Sub-total
$1,200








Total of Activity 1
$101,546







ACTIVITY 2: Montreal & Regina



FACT-FINDING



16 participants: 9 Senators, 7 staff



1 clerk, 1 analyst, 3 interpreters, 2 senators’ assistants










TRANSPORTATION, ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING EXPENSES










1.Transportation - train (one way to Montreal)1,078




9 senators x $0 (0224)





7 staff x $154 (0227)





Staff budgeted for Business Fare



2.Transportation - air (Montreal-Regina-Ottawa)(full flex business for senators)55,050




9 senators x $4,250 (0224)





7 staff x $2,400 (0227)



3.Hotel accommodation (Montreal)3,200




9 senators, $200/night, 1 night (0222)





7 staff, $200/night, 1 night (0226)



4.Hotel accommodation (Regina)6,400




9 senators, $200/night, 2 nights (0222)





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



5.Per diem6,144




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





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



6.Working meals (travel) (0231)5,600


7.Taxis3,200




9 senators x $200 (0223)





7 staff x $200 (0232)



8.Charter bus (0228)3,600




(3 days, $1,200/day)



Sub-total
$84,272








ALL OTHER EXPENDITURES










OTHER



1.Miscellaneous costs associated with travel (0229)500










RENTALS



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




(3 days, $1,000/day)



3.Rental - interpretation equipment (0504)840




(3 days, $280/day)



Sub-total
$4,340








Total of Activity 2
$88,612







Grand Total

$ 190,158

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, March 24, 2016

The Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration has examined the budget presented to it by the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence for the proposed expenditures of the said committee for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, for the purpose of its special study on security threats facing Canada, as authorized by the Senate on Tuesday, February 2, 2016. The approved budget is as follows:

Activity 1:
Halifax and Washington


$91,986
Activity 2:
Montreal and Regina

$
Total

$91,986

(includes funds for fact-finding missions; includes funds for 9 senators to travel; decision on Activity 2 deferred)

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