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Government Operations committee  Maybe I'll take that answer. Yes, we were providing those estimates as required by the emergency response act, although we went a little bit beyond the requirements of the act—

November 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Alison McDermott

Government Operations committee  If there were to be some kind of requirement imposed on us, we certainly would. But I would also mention that we are preparing a fall update, as mentioned in the Speech from the Throne—

November 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Alison McDermott

Government Operations committee  Typically, we would have a budget in the spring—

November 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Alison McDermott

Government Operations committee  I don't think we have a date, but what comes out this fall—

November 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Alison McDermott

Government Operations committee  I don't think the decision can be made at this point, but we are studying these issues. We're looking at the economics and discussing the economic issues with private sector economists. There is a great deal of uncertainty with respect to the whole set of issues around the evolut

June 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Alison McDermott

Government Operations committee  I appreciate the comment. We're certainly doing that work. That work is under way and we know there is a lot of interest.

June 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Alison McDermott

Government Operations committee  Obviously, I'm not from the communications team, but my sense is that the communications team is working overtime, if anything. The new money for advertising is being fully allocated, so it's not obvious that there would be savings.

June 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Alison McDermott

Government Operations committee  I agree with the point that the existing Department of Finance budget could be used for all government priorities and all announcements, most of which in recent weeks and months have focused on COVID-related responses.

June 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Alison McDermott

June 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Alison McDermott

Government Operations committee  That's right. The CERB extension says that individuals who come up against the eligibility limits will have eligibility for another eight weeks. When the next report is tabled, we'll have some estimate of the fiscal impact of that decision to extend, and there are always updates

June 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Alison McDermott

Government Operations committee  I'll take that one. I think the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance have both spoken on this matter. The government has not said they will not produce a budget. They are concerned about the timing: what we are able to say at a given point in time and how easily what is sa

June 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Alison McDermott

Government Operations committee  From a technical standpoint, lots of things can be done mechanically, but I think the real question is whether it is the right time to provide a budget that provides useful information about the government's economic and fiscal situation. The government is studying these issues.

June 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Alison McDermott

Government Operations committee  Generally, a budget tends to be a larger exercise involving more expenditures and is for making decisions on a go-forward basis for an entire year. Typically, an economic update is provided at a different time of the year from when you traditionally put out budgets. Often it's se

June 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Alison McDermott

Government Operations committee  I can take that question. With regard to these reports that we are putting out to FINA, I have an example of one here. We just deposited on Thursday the sixth report, which was put out on June 10. What they all do is review, essentially, the different components of the acts and

June 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Alison McDermott

Government Operations committee  I have the amounts at my disposal, but I would turn to my colleague Soren for more questions about the program. We have estimated the total of that at $2.974 billion.

June 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Alison McDermott