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Report of the committee

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Subcommittee on the Senate Estimates of the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration has the honour to present its


Your subcommittee has the mandate to review the proposed estimates, keeping in mind the necessity for the Senate and its Administration to demonstrate responsible management of the public funds that are allocated to the institution. The subcommittee is composed of Senators Dawson, Marshall, McCoy, Moncion, and Tannas.

This year’s review of the Senate’s 2018-19 Main Estimates was interrupted by the re-organization of the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration which occurred with the adoption of the November 7, 2017 motion in the Senate. As a result, the subcommittee’s membership was substantially changed mid-review. The subcommittee greatly appreciated the leadership of its former chair, the Honourable Senator Wells and its former deputy chair, the Honourable Senator Jaffer who are no longer members of the subcommittee. It also thanks the Honourable Senator Downe and the Honourable Senator Tkachuk for their contribution to the subcommittee as past members.

The subcommittee met four times to review the funding requirements for the Senate Main Estimates for 2018-19. It heard from the Senate Administration’s Executive Committee and each director. Any funding increases from the previous year requires detailed documentation and a presentation before the subcommittee to justify the new spending. All directorates were asked to identify any risks to its operations, and to address how any new funding would mitigate the identified risks. Your subcommittee is thankful to all the directors for their presentations and is satisfied that the requests fulfill the established review criteria.

Therefore, your subcommittee makes the following recommendations:

• That the Senate’s 2018-19 budget be $109,080,103, which is an increase of 5 per cent from the previous year; and

•  That the 2018-2019 budget adjustments listed in the Appendix be approved.

A complete list of all new proposed budget items is included in the Appendix to this report.

Respectfully submitted,