Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to be able to ask the Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board a question.
The timing is good because today we are talking about the main estimates 2014-15 and, more specifically, about the voted appropriations under “The Senate”. We are talking about voted appropriations and statutory appropriations. Voted appropriations account for $58 million and statutory appropriations account for $34 million.
My question will be straightforward because whenever I ask an even slightly complicated question, I often do not get a response. Can my colleague talk about the difference between discretionary and statutory items? As the Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board he should be more than able to answer that question.