A major part of my day to day activities in Ottawa involves the hard work done on committees whether it is examining emerging trade opportunities or agreements, or studying legislation. See below for a list of the committees on which I sit and please click on the name of the committee for a link to more information regarding the work of these committees
Chair of Standing Committee on International Trade (CIIT)
I currently serve as the Chair of the International Trade Committee.
The general subject area of the Committee includes:
- International trade policy, including trade and investment liberalization, as well as Canada’s economic relationship with other countries;
- Canadian international competitiveness and the effects of global competition on Canadian business and the Canadian economy; and
- The global trade and investment environment, including the World Trade Organization, international markets and regional trade blocs.
Board of Internal Economy (BOIE)
This commitee or “The Board” is perhaps one unlike the others. While working on it I ensure that the taxpayers of Canada are getting the best value for the dollars spent on our institutions here in Ottawa.
The Board of Internal Economy is the governing body of the House of Commons.
In this capacity, the Board makes decisions and provides direction on financial and administrative matters of the House of Commons, specifically concerning its premises, its services, its staff and Members of the House of Commons.
The Board is responsible for establishing By-laws, policies and guidelines relating to expenditures and resources provided to Members in order to carry out their parliamentary functions. The Board also has the exclusive authority to determine whether expenditures are proper and in accordance with the By-laws, policies and guidelines that have been established
Joint Interparliamentary Council (JIC)
My role on JIC is perhaps again unlike some of the other usual committees in Ottawa. By and large it is a role where I make sure that funds going towards our numerous Interparliamenty groups, which bring together legislators from the various countries accros the world, is spent efficiently, effectively and properly.
As part of its mandate the Joint Interparliamentary Council is empowered to:
- Determine all budgetary and administrative matters relating to parliamentary associations, and in particular, the level of funding to be distributed to each parliamentary association within the limits of the total budget envelope approved by the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration of the Senate and the Board of Internal Economy of the House of Commons.
- Authorize the reallocation of available funds within the total parliamentary association level of funding.
- Review any special conference or other budget proposals to determine the level of funding to be recommended, if necessary, to the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration of the Senate and the Board of Internal Economy of the House of Commons.
- Coordinate activities and determine operating policies to ensure effective, efficient, consistent and coherent support for interparliamentary activities while also promoting the best interests of Parliament in the area of interparliamentary relations.
- Review, every five years, Parliament’s involvement with associations and recognized interparliamentary groups (formally known as “friendship groups”) and inform the chairs, by letter, a reasonable length of time before the start of such a review.