Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade

Report of the committee

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade has the honour to present its

FOURTH REPORT

Your committee, which was authorized by the Senate on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, to study recent political and economic developments in Argentina in the context of their potential impact on regional and global dynamics, including on Canadian policy and interests, and other related matters, respectfully requests funds for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, and requests, for the purpose of such study, that it be empowered:

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

(bto 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.

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Respectfully submitted,

RAYNELL ANDREYCHUK

Chair

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STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Study on recent political and economic developments in Argentina in the context of their potential impact on regional and global dynamics, including on Canadian policy and interests, and other related matters

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

Extract from the Journals of the Senate of Tuesday, March 22, 2016:

The Honourable Senator Andreychuk moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Runciman:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade be authorized to examine and report on recent political and economic developments in Argentina in the context of their potential impact on regional and global dynamics, including on Canadian policy and interests, and other related matters;

That the papers and evidence received and taken and work accomplished by the committee during the First Session of the Forty-second Parliament, as part of its study on foreign relations and international trade generally, as authorized by the Senate on January 27, 2016, form part of the papers and evidence received and taken for the purposes of this study; and

That the committee submit its final report no later than May 31, 2017 and that it retain all powers necessary to publicize its findings for 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: Argentina (Buenos Aires) and Chile (Santiago)

$249,126
TOTAL
$249,126

The above budget was approved by the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade on Wednesday, March 23, 2016.

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












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RAYNELL ANDREYCHUK
Chair, Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade














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

HISTORICAL INFORMATION

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 2016-2017 — $249,126.

The Committee does not expect to submit any other budget authorization requests in connection with this special study.

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STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Study on recent political and economic developments in Argentina in the context of their potential impact on regional and global dynamics, including on Canadian policy and interests, and other related matters

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

ACTIVITY 1: Argentina (Buenos Aires) and Chile (Santiago)


FACT-FINDING


14 participants: 12 Senators, 2 staff (1 clerk, 1 analyst)






PROFESSIONAL AND OTHER SERVICES








HOSPITALITY


1.Hospitality - General (meals) (0410)3,500

2.Hospitality -room rental (0410)500

3.Hospitality - gifts (0424)1,000








OTHER


4.Interpreters (0444)5,000



(5 days, $1,000/day)


Sub-total
$10,000






TRANSPORTATION, ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING EXPENSES








1.Transportation - air190,680



12 senators x $13,620 (0224)




2 staff x $13,620 (0227)


2.Hotel accommodation21,000



12 senators, $250/night, 6 nights (0222)




2 staff, $250/night, 6 nights (0226)


3.Per diem (Canada)4,074



12 senators, $97/day, 3 days (0221)




2 staff, $97/day, 3 days (0225)


4.Per diem (Chile)4,116



12 senators, $147/day, 2 days (0221)




2 staff, $147/day, 2 days (0225)


5.Per diem (Argentina)6,776



12 senators, $121/day, 4 days (0221)




2 staff, $121/day, 4 days (0225)


6.Working meals (travel) (0231)3,500

7.Taxis980



12 senators x $70 (0223)




2 staff x $70 (0232)


8.Charter - Ground transportation (0228)2,500



(5 days, $500/day)


Sub-total
$233,626






ALL OTHER EXPENDITURES








OTHER


1.Travel passports, visas and diplomatic notes (0210)1,400

2.Miscellaneous costs on travel (0229)500








TELECOMMUNICATIONS


3.International telephone charges (0275)100








RENTALS


4.Rental office space (meeting rooms) (0540)2,500



(5 days, $500/day)


5.Rental - interpretation equipment (0504)1,000



(5 days, $200/day)


Sub-total
$5,500






Total of Activity 1
$249,126

The Senate Administration has reviewed this budget application.












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Blair Armitage, Principal Clerk,
Committees Directorate











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Nathalie Charpentier, Comptroller,
Finance and Procurement Directorate

APPENDIX (B) TO THE REPORT

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration has examined the budget presented to it by the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade for the proposed expenditures of the said committee for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, for the purpose of its special study on recent political and economic developments in Argentina in the context of their potential impact on regional and global dynamics, including on Canadian policy and interests, and other related matters, as authorized by the Senate on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. The approved budget is as follows:

Activity 1: Argentina (Buenos Aires) and Chile (Santiago)

$249,126
TOTAL
$249,126

(includes funds for 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;

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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