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

THIRD REPORT

Your committee, which was authorized by the Senate on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, to study opportunities for strengthening cooperation with Mexico since the tabling, in June 2015, of the committee report entitled North American Neighbours: Maximizing Opportunities and Strengthening Cooperation for a more Prosperous Future, respectfully requests funds for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, and requests, for the purpose of such study, that it be empowered 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,

RAYNELL ANDREYCHUK

Chair

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STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Study on opportunities for strengthening cooperation with Mexico since the tabling, in June 2015, of the committee report entitled North American Neighbours: Maximizing Opportunities and Strengthening Cooperation for a more Prosperous Future

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 opportunities for strengthening cooperation with Mexico since the tabling, in June 2015, of the committee report entitled: North American Neighbours: Maximizing Opportunities and Strengthening Cooperation for a more Prosperous Future; and

That the committee submit its final report no later than March 31, 2017.

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: Presentation
to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Mexican Senate (Mexico City)


$8,952
TOTAL
$8,952

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 — $8,952.

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 opportunities for strengthening cooperation with Mexico since the tabling, in June 2015, of the committee report entitled North American Neighbours: Maximizing Opportunities and Strengthening Cooperation for a more Prosperous Future

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

ACTIVITY 1: PRESENTATION TO THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE OF THE MEXICAN SENATE (MEXICO CITY)
FACT-FINDING


3 participants: 3 Senators








TRANSPORTATION, ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING EXPENSES






1.Transportation - air6,000



3 senators x $2,000 (0224)


2.Hotel accommodation1,560



3 senators, $260/night, 2 nights (0222)


3.Per diem (Canada)291



3 senators, $97/day, 1 day (0221)


4.Per diem (Mexico City)876



3 senators, $146/day, 2 days (0221)


5.Taxis225



3 senators x $75 (0223)


Sub-total
$8,952






Total of Activity 1
$8,952

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 opportunities for strengthening cooperation with Mexico since the tabling, in June 2015, of the committee report entitled North American Neighbours: Maximizing Opportunities and Strengthening Cooperation for a more Prosperous Future, as authorized by the Senate on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. The approved budget is as follows:

Activity 1: Presentation
to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Mexican Senate (Mexico City)


$8,952
TOTAL
$8,952

(includes funds for a fact-finding mission; includes funds for 3 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