Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

Report of the committee

Thursday, June 15, 2017

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

EIGHTH REPORT

Your committee, which was authorized by the Senate on Thursday, March 9, 2017, to examine and report upon the potential impact of the effects of climate change on the agriculture, agri-food and forestry sectors, respectfully requests funds for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, and requests, for the purpose of such study, that it be empowered:

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

(b) adjourn from place to place within Canada; and

(c) 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,

GHISLAIN MALTAIS

Chair

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STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY

The potential impact of the effects of climate change on the agriculture, agri-food and forestry sectors

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

Extract from the Journals of the Senate, Thursday, March 9, 2017:

The Honourable Senator Maltais moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Dagenais:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry be authorized to examine and report upon the potential impact of the effects of climate change on the agriculture, agri-food and forestry sectors and the actions undertaken to increase adaptation and emissions reduction strategies, as well as to know more about the opportunities within their sectors that come with climate change. The emphasis will be placed on:

(aThe measures for the adaptability and resilience of the agriculture, agri-food and forestry sectors; including the opportunities and risks associated with climate change in terms of the expansion of farmland, grazing land, and forestry production;

(bThe repercussions of the establishment of carbon pricing mechanisms on the competitiveness of stakeholders in the agriculture, agri-food and forestry sectors;

(cThe role that the federal, provincial and territorial governments can play in meeting the target for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; and

That the committee submit its final report to the Senate no later than June 30, 2018, 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: Halifax, NS
and Montreal, QC

$115,770
TOTAL

$115,770

The above budget was approved by the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry on Thursday, June 8, 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

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STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY

The potential impact of the effects of climate change on the agriculture, agri-food and forestry sectors

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

ACTIVITY 1: PUBLIC HEARING AND FACT FINDING TRIP TO HALIFAX, NS AND MONTREAL, QC
24 participants: 15 Senators, 9 staff (1 clerk, 1 communications officer,
1 administrative assistant , 2 analysts, 3 interpreters, 1 stenographer)







PROFESSIONAL AND OTHER SERVICES










OTHER



1.Reporting/transcribing (0403)13,860




(1 reporter, 3 days, $4,620/day)



2.Transcript editing services (0143)4,300


Sub-total
$18,160








TRANSPORTATION, ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING EXPENSES







1.Transportation - air (Ottawa-Halifax-Montreal)24,300




15 senators x $1,300 (0224)





8 staff x $600 (0227)



2.Transportation - train (Montreal-Ottawa)560




15 senators x $0 (0224)





8 staff x $70 (0227)



3.Hotel accommodation (Halifax)17,250




15 senators, $250/night, 3 nights (0222)





8 staff, $250/night, 3 nights (0226)



4.Hotel accommodation (Montreal)13,200




15 senators, $300/night, 2 nights (0222)





7 staff, $300/night, 2 nights (0226)



5.Hotel accommodation (Montreal) - administrative assistant300




1 staff, $300/night, 1 night (0226)



6.Per diem13,200




15 senators, $100/day, 6 days (0221)





7 staff, $100/day, 6 days (0225)



7.Per diem - administrative assistant500




1 staff, $100/day, 5 days (0225)



8.Per diem - stenographer300




1 staff, $100/day, 3 days (0225)



9.Working meals (travel) (0231)11,000


10.Taxis4,800




15 senators x $200 (0223)





9 staff x $200 (0232)



11.Charter bus (0228)2,400




(2 days, $1,200/day)



Sub-total
$87,810








ALL OTHER EXPENDITURES










OTHER



1.Miscellaneous costs associated with travel (0229)500










PRINTING



2.Printing (0321)100










RENTALS



3.Rental office space (meeting rooms) (0540)2,400




(3 days, $800/day)



4.Rental - portable interpretation equipment (0504)500




(2 days, $250/day)



5.Rental - interpretation equipment (0504)6,300




(3 days, $2,100/day)



Sub-total
$9,800








Total of Activity 1
$115,770







Grand Total

$ 115,770

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 15, 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 potential impact of the effects of climate change on the agriculture, agri-food and forestry sectors, as authorized by the Senate on Thursday, March 9, 2017. The approved budget is as follows:

Activity 1: Halifax, NS
and Montreal, QC

$115,770
TOTAL

$115,770

(includes funds for public hearings and a fact-finding mission; includes funds for 15 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