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Government Operations committee  The urgency was around the design, because we had to be up and ready in case there was an ask. You can't put these into place once there's an ask. We had the idea that there were asks coming from the provinces, and—

March 24th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  Again, Mr. Chair, this was a planned backstop. Hospitals were filling up and it was about having a backstop ready, or in fact, two, and to lock down some of the supplies necessary in case they were needed. However, this was very much a backstop, and as we've discussed, one has be

March 24th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  There were ongoing discussions with the provinces, through Health Canada, around hospitals filling up and what capacity was there, and then PSPC moved to actually put the contracts in place with the two companies.

March 24th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  Again, Mr. Chair, if you waited until there was a request for this, you'd be too late. The analysis of the market was that these supplies were being snapped up.

March 24th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  Mr. Chair, those discussions are ongoing. The company attempted to replace them with suitable masks several times and was unsuccessful in providing masks that met our standards, so the negotiation dispute, call it what you will, is ongoing.

March 24th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  Thank you, Mr. Chair. I may be dated here, as I'm drawing back on some previous experience. I think some of the taxes exist. We all know that. When you do contracts, you often do...the base amount plus the tax, so we know it's there. I think, for some reason, some of the confus

March 24th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  I thank the member for her question. I would like to add a few comments. The member asked if these costs were foreseeable. Yes, they were, but there were some revisions, after determining exactly how many people were working on the pension files. There is a formula to reimburse

March 24th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  I can answer that question, Madam Minister, if you agree.

March 24th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  Okay. The majority of the $9.2 million is for the public service superannuation plan. It does cover all the pension funds—the RCMP, the Reserve and National Defence as well—but I believe—let's call it 70%—relates to the public service plan, but we can give you that breakdown in

March 24th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  Mr. Chair, I'm still not seeing the minister, so with your blessing I will carry on, unless you want to pause.

March 24th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  Thank you, Mr. Chair. Concerning the Coast Guard's fleet and icebreakers, the member is quite right. The fleet is aging, and we are having ongoing discussions with the navy about medium icebreakers, as well as about refitting some other ones, so the discussions are ongoing. Unfo

March 24th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  Mr. Chair, can the member clarify whether she is talking about the use of the agile approach as it relates to procurement processes in general or—

March 24th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  Okay. I expect that percentage to increase. It's an approach that we really like. It can't be applied to every competition, but we would like to use it more often. Perhaps my colleague Mr. Ieraci could elaborate.

March 24th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  It's $9.2 million, Minister.

March 24th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  There are a couple of points to raise. Number one, the risk-based approach results in fewer trips to Treasury Board where warranted, so it does make efficiencies inside government. On the second part of the question, related to the Parliamentary Budget Officer's numbers, these

March 24th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews