Economic Action Plan 2014 Bill, No. 2 Certain Committees Authorized to Study Subject Matter

Speeches

Bill C-43, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 11, 2014 and other measures Senator Jane Cordy October 30th, 2014

Hon. Jane Cordy: Honourable senators, we've got the budget implementation bill, so you're asking that the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce deal with parts of it; the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications deal with part of it; the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology deal with part of it; the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources deal with part of it; the Standing Senate Committee Foreign Affairs and International Trade deal with part of it; the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs deal with part of it; and, of course, the Finance Committee, who should ultimately be the one dealing with the budget bill anyway, will be dealing with it. So, seven Senate committees will be dealing with the budget implementation bill; would that be correct?

Senator Martin: As to what is on the Order Paper today, we have the committees that are listed: Banking, Trade and Commerce; Transport and Communications; Social Affairs, Science and Technology; Energy, Environment and Natural Resources; Foreign Affairs and International Trade; and, of course, the Finance Committee. I think that is six.

Senator Cordy: Seven committees of the Senate will be dealing with the budget implementation bill.

Senator Martin: Senator, I count six.

Senator Cordy: The Finance Committee is not -

Senator Martin: And Legal, yes.

Senator Cordy: Seven Senate committees will be involved in dealing with a budget implementation bill. That seems a little excessive to me, and perhaps it is because this is an omnibus bill. But just the number of government officials alone would likely be over 100, not all from the Department of Finance but from various departments, and they will be dealing with a budget implementation bill. It seems unusual and bizarre.