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Evidence of meeting #42 for Official Languages in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was languages.

A recording is available from Parliament.

MPs speaking

Also speaking

Graham Fraser  Commissioner, Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages
Ghislaine Charlebois  Assistant Commissioner, Compliance Assurance Branch, Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages
Lise Cloutier  Assistant Commissioner, Corporate Management Branch, Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

10:40 a.m.

Conservative

The Chair Conservative Michael Chong

No, but to the left of the column it's for 2012-13.

The proposed spending the commissioner has made is $20,611,000.

10:40 a.m.

NDP

Yvon Godin NDP Acadie—Bathurst, NB

Yes, but a little earlier, he referred in his testimony to $21.9 million. So there is a difference of approximately $700,000.

10:40 a.m.

Conservative

The Chair Conservative Michael Chong

Yes, because in that amount are statutory amounts that include benefits....

I'll ask the commissioner to clarify the difference between the $21.9 million he mentioned in his opening remarks and the $20,611,000 that appears on the Privy Council's summary.

10:40 a.m.

Commissioner, Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

Graham Fraser

My understanding is that this relates to a number of statutory amounts that we are obliged to pay out, but I will ask Madame Cloutier to respond in greater detail.

10:40 a.m.

Assistant Commissioner, Corporate Management Branch, Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

Lise Cloutier

The numbers the commissioner mentioned in his speech are the numbers that we put in our report on plans and priorities, which is our planned spending. The main estimates are the moneys that you are voting on.

The planned spending includes an estimate of what our carry-forward will be, plus other spending authorities, so it's not the same amount.

What you're really voting on is the main estimates, which is the base budget.

10:40 a.m.

Conservative

The Chair Conservative Michael Chong

Okay, understood.

Thank you, Mr. Godin.

The commissioner has proposed expenditures of $20,611,000.

Subtracting the statutory amounts, the remaining amount that the committee is being asked to approve, it is $18,361,000.

PRIVY COUNCIL

Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

Vote 20—Program expenditures..........$18,361,000

(Vote 20 agreed to)

Shall I report vote 20 of the main estimates to the House?

10:45 a.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

10:45 a.m.

Conservative

The Chair Conservative Michael Chong

Thank you very much to the committee members and to the Commissioner of Official Languages. We very much appreciate your testimony.

Without further ado, this meeting is adjourned.