Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence

Report of the committee

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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

NINTH REPORT

Your committee, which was authorized by the Senate on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, to examine and report on Canada’s national security and defence policies, practices, circumstances and capabilities, respectfully requests funds for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, 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 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,

MOBINA S.B. JAFFER

Deputy Chair

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STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL SECURITY AND DEFENCE

Canada’s national security and defence policies, practices, circumstances and capabilities

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

Extract from the Journals of the Senate of Tuesday, January 26, 2016:

The Honourable Senator Raine moved, for the Honourable Senator Lang, seconded by the Honourable Senator Martin:

That the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence be authorized to examine and report on Canada’s national security and defence policies, practices, circumstances and capabilities;

That the papers and evidence received and taken and the work accomplished by the committee on this subject during the Fortieth Parliament and 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 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:
East Coast (Nova Scotia and New Brunswick)

$
98,430
TOTAL
$
98,430

The above budget was approved by the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence on Monday, March 27, 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 la sécurité nationale et de la défense
DANIEL LANG
Chair, Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence











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

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STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL SECURITY AND DEFENCE

Canada’s national security and defence policies, practices, circumstances and capabilities

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

ACTIVITY 1: East Coast (Nova Scotia and New Brunswick)
FACT-FINDING



19 participants: 12 Senators, 7 staff
(1 clerk, 1 analyst, 2 senators’ staff, 1 communications officer, 2 interpreters)







PROFESSIONAL AND OTHER SERVICES










HOSPITALITY



1.Hospitality - meals (0410)4,000


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









Sub-total
$6,000








TRANSPORTATION, ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING EXPENSES







1.Transportation - air49,400




12 senators x $2,600 (0224)





7 staff x $2,600 (0227)



2.Hotel accommodation19,000




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





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



3.Per diem9,310




12 senators, $98/day, 5 days (0221)





7 staff, $98/day, 5 days (0225)



4.Working meals (travel) (0231)6,000


5.Taxis3,420




12 senators x $180 (0223)





7 staff x $180 (0232)



6.Charter bus (0228)300




(3 days, $100/day)



7.Charter bus (0228) (intercity)3,000


Sub-total
$90,430








ALL OTHER EXPENDITURES










OTHER



1.Miscellaneous costs associated with travel (0229)500










PRINTING



2.Printing (0321)100










RENTALS



3.Rental - interpretation equipment (0504)1,400




(4 days, $350/day)



Sub-total
$2,000








Total of Activity 1
$98,430







Grand Total

$ 98,430

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 National Security and Defence for the proposed expenditures of the said committee for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, for the purpose of its special study on Canada’s national security and defence policies, practices, circumstances and capabilities, as authorized by the Senate on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. The approved budget is as follows:

Activity 1:
East Coast (Nova Scotia and New Brunswick)

$
72,810
TOTAL
$
72,810

(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