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Report of the committee

Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration has the honour to table its

FORTIETH REPORT

On Thursday, December 6, 2018 and on Thursday, May 9, 2019, through the adoption of reports of the Subcommittee on Committee Budgets, your committee agreed to table in the Senate the post-activity expenditure reports of Senate committees in order to increase the public’s understanding of committee budgets and actual expenditures.

This responds to an increased demand for transparency regarding Senate expenses.

Therefore, in accordance with the decisions of Thursday, December 6, 2018 and Thursday, May 9, 2019, your committee now tables the following committee post-activity expenditure reports for 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 (1st Session, 42nd Parliament), which are appended to this report:

Fiscal year 2015-16

Agriculture and Forestry

(International market access priorities for the Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector)

Activity 1: Moncton, New-Brunswick (Fact-finding mission and public hearings)

Budget amount approved$84,137
Actual expenditures$30,693
Surplus$53,444

Fiscal year 2016-17

Foreign Affairs and International Trade

(political and economic developments in Argentina in the context of their potential impact on regional and global dynamics, including on Canadian policy and other related matters)

Activity 1: Buenos Aires, Argentina (Fact-finding mission)

Budget amount approved$249,126
Actual expenditures$106,661
Surplus$142,465

(opportunities for strengthening cooperation with Mexico)

Activity 1: Mexico City, Mexico (Fact-finding and Presentation to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Mexican Senate)

Budget amount approved$19,452
Actual expenditures$17,694
Surplus$1,758

Agriculture and Forestry

(International market access priorities for the Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector)

Activity 1: Calgary, Alberta (Fact-finding mission and public hearings)

Budget amount approved$100,188
Actual expenditures$43,981
Surplus$56,207

Activity 2: Beijing and Shanghai, China (Fact-finding mission and exhibition)

Budget amount approved$260,000
Actual expenditures$75,078
Surplus$184,922

Aboriginal Peoples

(housing in First Nation and Inuit communities in Nunavut, Nunavik, Nunatsiavut and the Northwest Territories)

Activity 1: Nunavut, Nunatsiavut and Nunavik (Fact-finding mission)

Budget amount approved$212,550
Actual expenditures$127,375
Surplus$85,175

Banking, Trade and Commerce

(internal barriers to trade)

Activity 1: Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg (Public hearings)

Budget amount approved$160,072
Actual expenditures$23,570
Surplus$136,502

Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources

(effects of transitioning to a low carbon economy)

Activity 1: Vancouver, Kitimat, Prince George, Calgary and Estevan (Fact-finding mission)

Budget amount approved$119,143
Actual expenditures$58,099
Surplus$61,044

Activity 2: Southern Ontario (including Sarnia and Hamilton) (Fact-finding mission)

Budget amount approved$29,792
Actual expenditures$17,588
Surplus$12,204

Activity 3: Montreal, Quebec (Fact-finding mission)

Budget amount approved$18,704
Actual expenditures$8,012
Surplus$10,692

Legal and Constitutional Affairs

(delays in Canada’s criminal justice system)

Activity 1: Halifax, Nova Scotia (Fact-finding mission and public hearings)

Budget amount approved$65,340
Actual expenditures$22,603
Surplus$42,737

Activity 2: Vancouver, Calgary and Saskatoon (Fact-finding mission and public hearings)

Budget amount approved$104,326
Actual expenditures$67,964
Surplus$36,362

Activity 3: Montreal, Quebec (Fact-finding mission and public hearings)

Budget amount approved$20,774
Actual expenditures$9,568
Surplus$11,206

Official Languages

(challenges associated with access to French-language schools and French immersion programs in British Columbia)

Activity 1: British Columbia (Fact-finding mission and public hearings)

Budget amount approved$123,328
Actual expenditures$60,345
Surplus$62,983

Fisheries and Oceans

(Maritime Search and Rescue)

Activity 1: Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick (Fact-finding mission and public hearings)

Budget amount approved$107,588
Actual expenditures$41,752
Surplus$65,836

Activity 2: Newfoundland and Labrador (Fact-finding mission and public hearings)

Budget amount approved$152,657
Actual expenditures$44,002
Surplus$108,655

Human Rights

(steps being taken to facilitate the integration of newly-arrived Syrian refugees)

Activity 1: Toronto and Montreal (Fact-finding mission and public hearings)

Budget amount approved$54,794
Actual expenditures$18,839
Surplus$35,955

National Security and Defence

(Defence Policy Review presently being undertaken by the government)

Activity 1: New York, NY (Fact-finding mission)

Budget amount approved$50,000
Actual expenditures$13,074
Surplus$36,926

Transport and Communications

(development of a strategy to facilitate the transport of crude oil to eastern Canadian refineries and to ports on the East and West coasts of Canada)

Activity 1: Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver (Fact-finding mission and public hearings)

Budget amount approved$190,376
Actual expenditures$61,977
Surplus$128,399

Activity 2: Montreal, Saint John, Halifax and Port Hawkesbury (Fact-finding mission and public hearings)

Budget amount approved$164,276
Actual expenditures$50,546
Surplus$113,730

Transport and Communications (connected and automated vehicles)

Activity 1: Toronto, Ontario (Conference on Automated vehicles)

Budget amount approved$19,364
Actual expenditures$7,130
Surplus$12,234

Fiscal year 2017-18

Agriculture and Forestry

(acquisition of farmland in Canada)

Activity 1: Washington, D.C. (Fact-finding mission)

Budget amount approved$58,590
Actual expenditures$29,992
Surplus$28,598

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

Activity 1: Halifax and Montreal (Fact-finding mission and public hearings)

Budget amount approved$115,770
Actual expenditures$49,048
Surplus$66,722

Activity 2: Vancouver and Calgary (Fact-finding mission and public hearings)

Budget amount approved$159,874
Actual expenditures$89,616
Surplus$70,258

Aboriginal Peoples

(new relationship between Canada and First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples)

Activity 1: Winnipeg, Prince Albert, Ile-à-la-Crosse, Buffalo Lake, Siksika, Calgary (Fact-finding mission and public hearings)

Budget amount approved$216,978
Actual expenditures$97,899
Surplus$119,079

Banking, Trade and Commerce

(cyber security and cyber fraud)

Activity 1: New York, NY (Conference: Wall Street Journal Pro Cybersecurity Executive Forum)

Budget amount approved$19,064
Actual expenditures$6,413
Surplus$12,651

Banking, Trade and Commerce (current and emerging issues of the banking sector and monetary policy in the United States)

Activity 1: New York and Washington (Fact-finding mission)

Budget amount approved$100,158
Actual expenditures$44,563
Surplus$55,595

Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources

(effects of transitioning to a low carbon economy)

Activity 1: St. John’s, Summerside, Saint-André, Saint-John, Parrsboro and Halifax (Fact-finding mission)

Budget amount approved$104,436
Actual expenditures$60,758
Surplus$43,678

National Finance

(Minister of Finance’s proposed changes to the Income Tax Act)

Activity 1: St. John’s, Halifax and Saint-John (Public hearings)

Budget amount approved$131,725
Actual expenditures$75,775
Surplus$55,950

Activity 2: Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary and Vancouver (Public hearings)

Budget amount approved$168,975
Actual expenditures$104,586
Surplus$64,389

Official Languages

(challenges associated with access to French schools and French immersion programs in British Columbia)

Activity 1: Vancouver, British Columbia (Press Conference)

Budget amount approved$17,440
Actual expenditures$8,245
Surplus$9,195

Official Languages (Canadians’ views about modernizing the Official Languages Act)

Activity 1: Prince Edward Island (Fact-finding mission and public hearings)

Budget amount approved$67,400
Actual expenditures$39,019
Surplus$28,831

Activity 2: Winnipeg, Manitoba (Fact-finding mission and public hearings)

Budget amount approved$68,000
Actual expenditures$34,939
Surplus$33,061

Fisheries and Oceans

(Maritime Search and Rescue)

Activity 1: United Kingdom, Ireland, Norway and Denmark (Fact-finding mission)

Budget amount approved$125,000
Actual expenditures$60,678
Surplus$64,322

Activity 2: British Columbia (Fact-finding mission and public hearings)

Budget amount approved$96,450
Actual expenditures$23,037
Surplus$73,414

Human Rights

(human rights of prisoners in the correctional system)

Activity 1: Brockville, Kingston and Montreal (Fact-finding mission and public hearings)

Budget amount approved$71,250
Actual expenditures$31,726
Surplus$39,524

Activity 2: Kitchener, Ontario (Fact-finding mission and public hearings)

Budget amount approved$52,862
Actual expenditures$18,706
Surplus$34,156

Activity 3: Renous, Dorchester, Springhill and Truro (Fact-finding mission and public hearings)

Budget amount approved$85,484
Actual expenditures$20,500
Surplus$64,984

Social Affairs, Science and Technology

(role of robotics, 3D printing and artificial intelligence in the healthcare system)

Activity 1: University of Ottawa and Ottawa Hospital, Ontario (Fact-finding mission)

Budget amount approved$1,300
Actual expenditures$604
Surplus$696

Transport and Communications

(connected and automated vehicles)

Activity 1: Toronto, Ontario (Conference on Automated Vehicles)

Budget amount approved$31,304
Actual expenditures$13,065
Surplus$18,239

Activity 2: University of Waterloo, Ontario (Fact-finding mission)

Budget amount approved$54,038
Actual expenditures$11,891
Surplus$42,147

Activity 3: QNX Facilities in Kanata, Ontario (Fact-finding mission)

Budget amount approved$1,800
Actual expenditures$800
Surplus$1,000

SABI MARWAH

Chair