Tabling of the 2007-2008 Supplementary Estimates (B)



    OTTAWA, Feb. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the
Treasury Board, today tabled in the House of Commons the 2007-2008
Supplementary Estimates (B) totalling $4.3 billion.
    "Through these Supplementary Estimates (B), the Government continues to
move forward with its commitments and priorities announced in Budget 2007.
These Estimates reflect our commitment to sound management of tax dollars, to
effective spending and to ensuring value for money for Canadians," said
Minister Toews.
    The 2007-2008 Supplementary Estimates (B) provide information to
Parliament, in support of $4.3 billion in expenditures, including $1.3 billion
in voted appropriations, that were not sufficiently developed or known at the
time of the 2007-2008 Main Estimates or the 2007-2008 Supplementary
Estimates (A).
    The 2007-2008 Supplementary Estimates (B) are fully consistent with the
overall planned spending level of $233.4 billion for 2007-2008 as set out in
Budget 2007 and the October 2007 Economic and Fiscal Update.
    Please refer to the attached backgrounders for further details on the
2007-2008 Supplementary Estimates (B) and information on the Estimates
process. The Supplementary Estimates and related documents are posted on the
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat Web site at: http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca

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                                 Backgrounder
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                                                            February 14, 2008

            OVERVIEW OF THE 2007-2008 SUPPLEMENTARY ESTIMATES (B)
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    The Government of Canada presented its overall spending priorities through
the expense plan set out by the Minister of Finance in Budget 2007 and the
October 2007 Economic and Fiscal Update. The plans are implemented through a
series of legislative measures, including the Estimates and related
Appropriation bills.
    The 2007-2008 Supplementary Estimates (B) provide information in support
of $4.3 billion in supplementary expenditures that were not sufficiently
developed or known at the time of the 2007-2008 Main Estimates or the
2007-2008 Supplementary Estimates (A), including $1.3 billion in voted
appropriations. An Appropriation Act reflecting these requirements will be
tabled for Parliament's approval in March 2008.

    Moving the Government Agenda Forward

    Included among the expenditures tabled for approval by Parliament in these
Supplementary Estimates (B) are:

    - $1.1 billion to the Québec Cree in relation to implementation of the
      James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement;
    - $211 million in additional grants to international organizations for
      development assistance, programming against hunger, malnutrition and
      disease and international humanitarian assistance;
    - $163.4 million to support a Budget 2007 commitment to create a Centre
      of Excellence for Commercialization Program;
    - $150 million in support of the First Nations Market Housing Fund; and,
    - $89 million in increases to pay and allowances for Canadian Forces
      members.

    These Supplementary Estimates (B) also include $2.9 billion in changes to
statutory budgetary spending, for which parliamentary approval has already
been provided. These adjustments to projected statutory spending are provided
for information purposes only. This figure includes:

    - $1.15 billion to the Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Resource Revenue
      Fund;
    - $1 billion to compensate individuals infected with the Hepatitis C
      virus through the Canadian blood supply before 1986 and after 1990;
    - $437 million to provinces under the Softwood Lumber Products Export
      Charge Act; and
    - $189 million to Newfoundland for Fiscal Equalization Offset Payments.

    These Supplementary Estimates (B) also include an increase of
$78.4 million in non-budgetary appropriations related to net loans disbursed
under the Canada Student Financial Assistance Act. Non-budgetary expenditures
are outlays that represent changes to the composition of the financial assets
of the government, such as loans and investments.

    Total Supplementary Estimates (B) ($ millions)
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                                                           Non-
                                   Budgetary (xx)    Budgetary         Total

    Voted Appropriations(*)         $1,266.3                $0      $1,266.3
    Statutory Authorities           $2,948.1             $78.4      $3,026.5
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    Total                           $4,214.4             $78.4      $4,292.8
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    As a result of these Supplementary Estimates, total estimated expenditures
for 2007-2008 now stand at $228.6 billion; well within the Government's
overall planned spending level of $233.4 billion for 2007-2008 as set out in
Budget 2007 and the October 2007 Economic and Fiscal Update. This reflects the
Government's commitment to controlling government spending and effectively
managing taxpayers' dollars.

    Increased Transparency in Accountability and Reporting

    A number of improvements have been made to the form and content of the
Supplementary Estimates in recent years to enhance transparency and
accountability. The Treasury Board Secretariat has worked with departments and
agencies to improve the quality of information presented for their individual
requirements, resulting in better information describing the nature of
transactions, including the offset of new spending requirements through the
use of existing spending authorities.

    The Budget and the Estimates, in conjunction with the Economic and Fiscal
Update, reflect the Government's annual resource planning and allocation
priorities. The subsequent reporting of financial results in the Public
Accounts of Canada, as well as the Departmental Performance Reports, assists
Parliament in holding the Government to account for the allocation and
management of public funds.

    (*)    Voted appropriations are those for which parliamentary authority
           is sought through an annual Appropriation bill.

    (*)(*) Budgetary expenditures include 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.
    




For further information:

For further information: Mike Storeshaw, Director of Communications,
Office of the President of the Treasury Board, (613) 957-2666; Robert Makichuk
Chief, Media Relations Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, (613) 957-2391;
TTY (Telecommunications device for the hearing impaired), (613) 957-9090; This
news release is available on two networks: Internet:
http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/; Government Enterprise Network (GENet):
http://publiservice.tbs-sct.gc.ca/


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