Evidence of meeting #18 for Government Operations and Estimates in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was estimates.

A recording is available from Parliament.

On the agenda

MPs speaking

Also speaking

  • Michelle d'Auray  Secretary of the Treasury Board of Canada, Treasury Board Secretariat
  • Bill Matthews  Assistant Secretary, Expenditure Management, Treasury Board Secretariat
  • Christine Walker  Assistant Secretary and Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Services, Treasury Board Secretariat
  • Sally Thornton  Executive Director, Expenditure Operations and Estimates, Expenditure Management, Treasury Board Secretariat

November 24th, 2011 / 5:15 p.m.

Liberal

Scott Simms Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor, NL

If I told you I came all the way from Newfoundland this morning, would you believe me?

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An hon. member

No.

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Liberal

Scott Simms Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor, NL

You'd probably be right.

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NDP

The Chair Pat Martin

As Chair, if I could suggest this. We don't have very much to do in the private in camera portion of the meeting. I think it will only take a minute or two. Is there a willingness of the committee to give the Liberals their last turn questioning the Treasury Board?

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NDP

Mathieu Ravignat Pontiac, QC

That would be fine for us, yes.

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Conservative

Mike Wallace Burlington, ON

No more than five minutes, and then we've got to go.

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NDP

The Chair Pat Martin

Five minutes.

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Conservative

Mike Wallace Burlington, ON

Scotty gets the last five minutes.

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NDP

The Chair Pat Martin

The last five minutes are for the Liberals and then we'll go to our camera work.

All right, Scott, you have the floor.

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Liberal

Scott Simms Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor, NL

I'd like to apologize to my guests for witnessing the abuse that I received.

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Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

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NDP

The Chair Pat Martin

It's not pretty at all.

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Liberal

Scott Simms Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor, NL

No, it's not pretty at all. It's the moustache talking.

Under vote 5, government contingencies, I just have a quick question about AECL there. Can you give me some more details as to what the contingency vote is that we're talking about here—and also on vote 10, government-wide initiatives?

I'll try not to take up too much of your time.

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Assistant Secretary, Expenditure Management, Treasury Board Secretariat

Bill Matthews

Vote 5, government contingencies, is basically for unforeseen circumstances that a department or organization cannot fund itself and cannot wait for the next estimate cycle.

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Liberal

Scott Simms Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor, NL

Particularly on AECL...?