Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

Report of the committee

Thursday, February 1, 2018

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

NINTH 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 supplementary funds for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018.

The original budget application submitted to the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration and the report thereon of that committee were printed in the Journals of the Senate on June 15, 2017. On June 19, 2017 , the Senate approved the release of $115,770 to the committee.

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,

DIANE F. GRIFFIN

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

Extract from the Journals of the Senate, of 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: Vancouver, BC and Calgary, AB$
159,874
TOTAL
$
159,874

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

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












Date
Présidente du Comité sénatorial permanent de l’agriculture et des forêts
DIANE F. GRIFFIN
Chair, Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry











Date
Président du Comité permanent de la régie interne, des budgets et de l’administration
LARRY W. CAMPBELL
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 2017-2018 — $275,644

Estimate of the total cost of the special study — $275,644

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

ACTIVITY 1: PUBLIC HEARING AND FACT FINDING TRIP TO VANCOUVER AND CALGARY
18 participants: 10 Senators, 8 staff (1 clerk, 1 communications officer,
1 administrative assistant, 1 analyst, 3 interpreters, 1 stenographer)







PROFESSIONAL AND OTHER SERVICES










OTHER



1.Reporting/transcribing (0403)13,200




(1 reporter, 4 days, $3,300/day)



2.Transcript editing services (0143)4,200


Sub-total
$17,400








TRANSPORTATION, ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING EXPENSES









1.Transportation-air (Ottawa-Vancouver-Calgary-Ottawa)72,200




10 senators x $6,100 (0224)





8 staff x $1,400 (0227)



2.Hotel accommodation (Vancouver)10,800




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





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



3.Hotel accommodation (Calgary)16,200




10 senators, $300/night, 3 nights (0222)





8 staff, $300/night, 3 nights (0226)



4.Per diem11,124




10 senators, $103/day, 6 days (0221)





8 staff, $103/day, 6 days (0225)



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


6.Taxis4,500




10 senators x $250 (0223)





8 staff x $250 (0232)



7.Charter bus (0228)3,600




(3 days, $1,200/day)



Sub-total
$127,424








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)6,800




(4 days, $1,700/day)



4.Rental - portable interpretation equipment (0504)370




(2 days, $185/day)



5.Rental - interpretation equipment (0504)7,280




(4 days, $1,820/day)



Sub-total
$15,050








Total of Activity 1
$159,874







Grand Total

$ 159,874

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, February 1, 2018

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: Vancouver, BC and Calgary, AB$
159,874
TOTAL
$
159,874

(includes funds for public hearings and a fact-finding mission; includes funds for 10 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 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,

LARRY W. CAMPBELL

Chair