The Committee met three times this week on Feb 27th, 28th and Feb 29th, 2012 to review the process for considering the estimates and supply practices in government. The Parliamentary Budget Officer, Kevin Page, was the primary witness who provided testimony that supported the need for change to improve this process. His main recommendations were to improve the process, structure and support systems within the government estimate and supply methods.
Liberal MP McCallum put forward a motion for the Committee to study why the Treasury Board delayed its report until May 7th. The motion was put to a vote and defeated. While this is a new topic for the Committee, it proved to be an issue that polarized and challenged both sides of the table.