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Third Reading of Bill C-63, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2017 and other measures

Honourable senators, I rise to speak to Bill C-63. I am going to begin my remarks on the Asian infrastructure bank. In its last budget, the government proposed to investment$256 million to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Bill C-63 will give the government the authority to do three things: It will become a member of the bank; the government will enact the “Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Agreement Act”; and the government will invest a minimum of $500 million in the bank. Wh…
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The Estimates, 2017-18 (Main Estimates-Sixteenth Report of National Finance Committee)

Honourable senators, I rise to speak to the Main Estimates, which is the government's second money request for this fiscal year. The government's first money request was for interim supply, which authorized funding for the first three months of the fiscal year, covering the months of April, May and June. Since June 30 is fast approaching, these Main Estimates must be approved on or before June 30 so that government will have funding for the remainder of the fiscal year. According to the Main E…
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Second Reading of Budget Implementation Bill, 2017 (Bill C-44)

Honourable senators, I rise to speak to Bill C-44, the budget implementation bill which was received in this chamber earlier today. Bill C-44 was sent to the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance on May 8 for pre-study. Certain parts of the bill were sent to other Senate committees for pre-study, and all committees have now reported back to the Senate. Honourable senators, Budget 2017 indicates that the government will continue with its deficits for the next five years: $28 billion for…
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Second Reading of Appropriation Bill, 2016-2017 [Supplementary Estimates (C)]

I rise to speak to Supplementary Estimates (C). The Standing Senate Committee on National Finance held two meetings on Supplementary Estimates (C) and met with officials from eight departments as well as the RCMP. These are the last supplementary estimates for this fiscal year. These estimates must be approved before Friday, March 31, being the end of 2016-17 fiscal year. As senators are aware, the Main Estimates for 2016-17 were approved last June before the summer recess, as were Supplementar…
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