Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

Report of the committee

Thursday, April 6, 2017

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

SIXTH REPORT

Your committee, which was authorized by the Senate on Thursday, October 6, 2016, to examine and report on the acquisition of farmland in Canada and its potential impact on the farming sector, respectfully requests funds for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, 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; and

(b 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,

GHISLAIN MALTAIS

Chair

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STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY

Study on the acquisition of farmland in Canada and its potential impact on the farming sector

APPLICATION FOR BUDGET AUTHORIZATION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 2018

Extract from the Journals of the Senate of Thursday, October 6, 2016:

The Honourable Senator Mercer moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Hubley:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry be authorized to examine and report on the acquisition of farmland in Canada and its potential impact on the farming sector, including:

(areasons behind the increasing value of Canadian farmland;

(bconcerns of agricultural stakeholders and the challenges they face in acquiring farmland;

(cpossible solutions to resolve issues resulting from the acquisition of farmland; and

That the committee submit its final report to the Senate no later than June 30, 2017, and that the committee 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: Washington, DC
$94,781
TOTAL

$94,781

The above budget was approved by the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

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












Date
Président du Comité sénatorial permanent de l’agriculture et des forêts
GHISLAIN MALTAIS
Chair, Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry











Date
Président du Comité permanent de la régie interne, des budgets et de l’administration
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 2017-2018: $94,781

Estimate of the total cost of the special study: $94,781

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STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY

Study on the acquisition of farmland in Canada and its potential impact on the farming sector

EXPLANATION OF BUDGET ITEMS APPLICATION FOR BUDGET AUTHORIZATION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 2018

ACTIVITY 1: FACT FINDING TRIP TO WASHINGTON, DC
17 participants: 15 Senators, 1 Clerk, 1 Analyst







PROFESSIONAL AND OTHER SERVICES










HOSPITALITY



1.Hospitality - meals (0410)2,400


2.Hospitality - gifts (0424)200









Sub-total
$2,600








TRANSPORTATION, ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING EXPENSES










1.Transportation - air49,300




15 senators x $2,900 (0224)





2 staff x $2,900 (0227)



2.Hotel accommodation22,950




15 senators, $450/night, 3 nights (0222)





2 staff, $450/night, 3 nights (0226)



3.Per diem6,681




($98.45 USD = $130.86 CDN on Feb. 28, 2017)





15 senators, $131/day, 3 days (0221)





2 staff, $131/day, 3 days (0225)



4.Working meals (travel) (0231)5,000


5.Taxis2,550




15 senators x $150 (0223)





2 staff x $150 (0232)



6.Charter bus (0228)3,000




(3 days, $1,000/day)



Sub-total
$89,481








ALL OTHER EXPENDITURES










OTHER



1.Miscellaneous costs associated with travel (0229)500










TELECOMMUNICATIONS



2.International telephone charges (0275)100










PRINTING



3.Printing (0321)100










RENTALS



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




(2 days, $1,000/day)



Sub-total
$2,700








Total of Activity 1
$94,781







Grand Total

$ 94,781

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, April 6, 2017

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 proposed expenditures of the said committee for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, for the purpose of its special study on the acquisition of farmland in Canada and its potential impact on the farming sector, as authorized by the Senate on Thursday, October 6, 2016. The approved budget is as follows:

Activity 1: Washington, DC
$58,590
TOTAL

$58,590

(includes funds for a fact-finding mission; includes funds for 8 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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In keeping with the claw back process that is already in effect, any unexpended funds allocated in this budget for travel will be returned to the central committees’ budget at the end of October 2017, to ensure that funds are not tied up unnecessarily. These funds will be made available for redistribution to all committees for travel in the Fall of 2017, upon application to the Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration.

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