Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans

Report of the committee

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans has the honour to present its

THIRD REPORT

Your committee, which was authorized by the Senate on Thursday, April 14, 2016, to examine and report on Maritime Search and Rescue activities, including current challenges and opportunities, respectfully requests funds for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, and requests, for the purpose of such study, that it be empowered to:

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

(badjourn from place to place within Canada; and

(ctravel 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,

FABIAN MANNING

Chair

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STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON FISHERIES AND OCEANS

Study on Maritime Search and Rescue activities, including current challenges and opportunities

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

Extract from the Journals of the Senate of Thursday, April 14, 2016:

The Honourable Senator Manning moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Wells:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans be authorized to examine and report on Maritime Search and Rescue activities, including current challenges and opportunities; and

That the Committee report from time to time to the Senate, but no later than November 30, 2017, and that the Committee 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.

ATTEST

Charles Robert

Clerk of the Senate

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SUMMARY OF BUDGET

Activity 1: Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick

$107,588
Activity 2: Newfoundland and Labrador

$152,657
TOTAL

$260,245

The above budget was approved by the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans on Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

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












Date
FABIAN MANNING
Chair, Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans











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

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STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON FISHERIES AND OCEANS

Study on Maritime Search and Rescue activities, including current challenges and opportunities

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

ACTIVITY 1: FACT-FINDING MISSIONS IN NOVA SCOTIA, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND AND NEW BRUNSWICK, AND PUBLIC HEARINGS IN NOVA SCOTIA
20 participants for public hearings (1 day): 12 Senators, 8 staff (1 clerk, 1 analyst,
1 administrative assistant, 3 interpreters, 1 stenographer, 1 communications officer)
16 participants for fact-finding missions (2 days): 12 Senators, 4 staff (1 clerk, 1 analyst, 1 administrative assistant, 1 communications officer)







PROFESSIONAL AND OTHER SERVICES











OTHER



1.Reporting/transcribing (0403)4,500




(1.5 days, $3,000/day)



2.Transcript editing services (0143)3,000


Sub-total
$7,500








TRANSPORTATION, ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING EXPENSES










1.Transportation - air53,600




12 senators x $2,800 (0224)





4 staff x $2,800 (0227)





4 staff x $2,200 (0227)



2.Hotel accommodation17,600




12 senators, $200/night, 5 nights (0222)





4 staff, $200/night, 5 nights (0226)





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



3.Per diem10,368




12 senators, $96/day, 6 days (0221)





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





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



4.Working meals (travel) (0231)4,100


5.Taxis3,000




12 senators x $150 (0223)





8 staff x $150 (0232)



6.Charter bus (0228)3,600




(3 days, $1,200/day)



Sub-total
$92,268








ALL OTHER EXPENDITURES











OTHER



1.Miscellaneous costs associated with travel (0229)500










COURIER



2.Courier Charges (0261)150










RENTALS



3.Rental office space (meeting rooms) (0540)1,500




(1.5 days, $1,000/day)



4.Rental - interpretation equipment (0504)5,670




(1.5 days, $3,780/day)



Sub-total
$7,820








Total of Activity 1

$107,588







ACTIVITY 2: FACT-FINDING MISSION AND PUBLIC HEARINGS IN NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
20 participants for public hearings (1 day): 12 Senators, 8 staff (1 clerk, 1 analyst,
1 administrative assistant, 3 interpreters, 1 stenographer, 1 communications officer)
16 participants for fact-finding missions (2 days): 12 Senators, 4 staff (1 clerk, 1 analyst, 1 administrative assistant, 1 communications officer)







PROFESSIONAL AND OTHER SERVICES











OTHER



1.Reporting/transcribing (0403)3,000




(1 day, $3,000/day)



2.Transcript editing services (0143)2,000


Sub-total
$5,000








TRANSPORTATION, ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING EXPENSES










1.Transportation - air92,600




12 senators x $5,550 (0224)





4 staff x $4,350 (0227)





4 staff x $2,150 (0227)



2.Hotel accommodation14,400




12 senators, $200/night, 4 nights (0222)





4 staff, $200/night, 4 nights (0226)





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



3.Per diem8,448




12 senators, $96/day, 5 days (0221)





4 staff, $96/day, 5 days (0225)





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



4.Working meals (travel) (0231)4,100


5.Taxis3,000




12 senators x $150 (0223)





8 staff x $150 (0232)



6.Charter bus (0228)3,000




(3 days, $1,000/day)



7.Charter flight (0233)13,950


Sub-total
$139,498








ALL OTHER EXPENDITURES











OTHER



1.Miscellaneous costs associated with travel (0229)500










COURIER



2.Courier Charges (0261)150










RENTALS



3.Rental office space (meeting rooms) (0540)1,000




(1 day, $1,000/day)



4.Rental - interpretation equipment (0504)6,509




(1 day, $6,509/day)



Sub-total
$8,159








Total of Activity 2

$152,657







Grand Total


$ 260,245

The Senate Administration has reviewed this budget application.










Date
Blair Armitage, Principal Clerk,
Committees Directorate









Date
Nathalie Charpentier, Comptroller,
Finance and Procurement Directorate

APPENDIX (B) TO THE REPORT

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration has examined the budget presented to it by the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans for the proposed expenditures of the said committee for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, for the purpose of its special study on Maritime Search and Rescue activities, including current challenges and opportunities, as authorized by the Senate on Thursday, April 14, 2016. The approved budget is as follows:

Activity 1: Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick

$107,588
Activity 2: Newfoundland and Labrador

TOTAL

$107,588

(includes funds for public hearings and fact finding missions; includes funds for 12 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;

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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