Evidence of meeting #35 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

  • Ned Franks  Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Studies, Queen's University, As an Individual
  • Joachim Wehner  Associate Professor, Public Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, As an Individual

5:20 p.m.

NDP

The Chair Pat Martin

Dr. Franks, did you have a brief opinion on that?

5:20 p.m.

Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Studies, Queen's University, As an Individual

Dr. Ned Franks

We would have to be rearranging the fiscal year, and we would have to be rearranging the government's calendar for preparing the estimates, but those things are matters of taste and habit rather than things fixed in stone.

I think that if as a committee you want to propose ways to give Parliament a greater opportunity to scrutinize budgets before they are actually implemented, you should.

5:20 p.m.

NDP

The Chair Pat Martin

That may well be one of the recommendations that comes out of our study.

Dr. Franks and Dr. Wehner, thank you both for your very interesting and very valuable contributions.

A special thanks to you, Dr. Wehner, for the trouble you've gone to in order to be with us so late into the evening. We all took a lot of notes and enjoyed your presentation very much.

Dr. Franks, you are welcome at this committee any time. We may even want you back again as we continue with this study.

5:20 p.m.

Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Studies, Queen's University, As an Individual

Dr. Ned Franks

It would be my pleasure to come back.

Thank you. I've enjoyed it.

5:20 p.m.

NDP

The Chair Pat Martin

Thanks to both of you.

Thank you, Dr. Wehner. I hope we meet again some time.

5:20 p.m.

Associate Professor, Public Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, As an Individual

5:20 p.m.

NDP

The Chair Pat Martin

We need to go in camera to deal with a couple of business items in the last ten minutes we have.

[Proceedings continue in camera]