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May 17, 2012
Ottawa – The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for FedNor, today tabled the 2012-13 Supplementary Estimates (A) in the House of Commons.
“These Supplementary Estimates reflect the Government’s plan for jobs, growth and long-term prosperity,” said Minister Clement. “An important part of our plan is keeping taxes and debt low while returning to a balanced budget.”
The 2012-13 Supplementary Estimates (A) document supports the request for Parliament’s approval of $2.1 billion in voted expenditures in 44 organizations. It includes expenditures that were planned for in Economic Action Plan 2012 but not included in the 2012-13 Main Estimates, which were tabled before the Budget.
The Supplementary Estimates and related documents are posted on the Treasury Board of Canada website
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The 2012-13 Supplementary Estimates (A) provide information in support of requests for Parliament’s approval of $2.1 billion in voted appropriations which represents an increase of 2.3% over the 2012-13 Main Estimates.
Also presented in this document is information related to a forecasted increase of $0.2 billion in budgetary statutory expenditures.
Budgetary expenditures include the cost of servicing the public debt; operating and capital expenditures; transfer payments to other levels of government, organizations or individuals; and payments to Crown corporations.
Non-budgetary expenditures (loans, investments and advances) are outlays that represent changes in the composition of the financial assets of the Government of Canada.
Voted Appropriations are those for which parliamentary authority is sought through an appropriation bill.
Statutory Expenditures are those authorized by Parliament through enabling legislation.
The Government seeks parliamentary approval for annual expenditures through two processes:
The purpose of Supplementary Estimates is to present to Parliament information on the Government of Canada’s spending requirements that were either not sufficiently developed in time for inclusion in the Main Estimates, or have subsequently been refined to account for developments in particular programs and services.
Upon tabling, Supplementary Estimates are referred to the various standing committees by subject matter, and to the Senate Standing Committee on National Finance. In considering Estimates, committees may approve, reduce, or deny a budgetary item or “Vote”. A committee may not increase a Vote, or change or redirect funds.
A vote to concur with Supplementary Estimates occurs on the last Opposition day in the Supply period; once adopted, an appropriation bill must be passed. All motions for the granting of supply (although not necessarily an individual item of supply) are deemed items of implicit motions of confidence.