Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration—Twelfth Report of CommitteePublished on 31 March 2015 Hansard and Statements by Senator Joseph Day
Hon. Joseph A. Day:
Honourable senators, I’ll give you a little bit of background on this particular matter. When this was first proposed by Senator Furey for adoption, I was wondering about the fact that we already had the Main Estimates, and the Senate was in the midst of the Main Estimates. We had another document that in effect was the Main Estimates asking this body to adopt that, when we would be asked to adopt, and we have now adopted the report on the Main Estimates and Bills C-54 and C-55.
I don’t want to say there was inconsistency. I wanted to make sure there wasn’t any inconsistency, but there may be some duplication in these two matters. If the Senate was going to adopt the Main Estimates, in my view it should have been done a lot sooner so they could be taken and reflected in the Main Estimates. The Main Estimates, as you know, came out in February.
I asked for an adjournment to try and clarify this in my own mind and to compare the motion that had been filed to the Main Estimates that were accepted by Treasury Board and put in this Main Estimates document.
Honourable senators, I have found that they are identical and there is no inconsistency. Therefore, I am content that the motion that has already been moved be proceeded with at this time.