2008-2009 Part III - Departmental Performance Reports (DPR)

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Annex I - PCO's Commitments and Achievement

Priority 1: Support the Prime Minister in exercising his overall leadership responsibility
RPP 2008-09 Commitments Delivered in 2008-09

PCO is to provide advice and support on:

  • The broad organization and machinery of government, including ministerial mandates and responsibilities, and the structure and functioning of government organizations;

PCO provided advice and support on:

  • the key challenges facing the Government in delivering on its priorities within the new mandate, in each ministerial portfolio and across the whole of government, to assist in determining ministerial mandates and responsibilities following the general election of October 14, 2008.
  • the creation of new functions (Extractive Sector Corporate Social Responsibility Counsellor), the winding-down of entities (Indian Specific Claims Commission) and the realignment of entities (merging Canada Public Service Agency with the Treasury Board Secretariat).
  • The organization, membership and mandate of Cabinet and its committees;
  • The reassignment of ministers during Cabinet shuffles in May and June 2008 and the swearing-in of members of the ministry in October 2008.
  • The establishment of rules for the Cabinet decision-making process;
  • The structure and organization of Cabinet, Cabinet committees and Cabinet decision making, and the development of new information requirements for memorandums to Cabinet.
  • The management, dissolution and convocation of Parliament; and
  • The dissolution and convocation of Parliament and the appointment and reassignment of Parliamentary secretaries in November 2008. PCO also provided the Prime Minister and Ministers with advice and support for the introduction and management of 46 bills to further the Government's agenda, including the 2009 Budget Implementation Act.
  • The appointment of principal public office holders and their mandates.
  • The launching of 38 selection processes to fill both leadership and non-leadership positions, including the Chief of the Defence Staff, the Director, Chairperson and Trustees of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, the CEO of PPP Canada Inc., the Registrar of the Supreme Court, members of the Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board and members of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal.

PCO will fulfill the Cabinet secretariat role by:

  • Supporting strong and integrated management across all government institutions through exercising a challenge and coordination function to Cabinet and its committees for their meetings on policy and legislative proposals;

PCO ensured the smooth passage of proposals through the policy approval process by:

  • working with departments to ensure the clarity of their proposals;
  • supporting the discussion of proposals at Cabinet policy committees and their ratification by the Priorities and Planning Committee;
  • ensuring the timely introduction of legislative initiatives in Parliament as part of the Government's overall legislative agenda; and
  • communicating the results of Cabinet decisions to departments.
  • Carrying out the overall management of the Government's legislative agenda in Parliament and the development of new legislative proposals; and
  • PCO helped the Government introduce and manage 46 bills that furthered the Government's top agenda items. These bills included the 2009 Budget Implementation Act, designed to stimulate economic growth, restore confidence and support Canadians and their families during a synchronized global recession.
  • Continuing to support Cabinet's collective decision-making process by safeguarding Cabinet confidences from unauthorized disclosure or from being compromised, as the guardian of the Cabinet decision-making process and Cabinet confidences.
  • PCO prepared objections to the disclosure of Cabinet confidences made by the Clerk of the Privy Council in court proceedings pursuant to the Canada Evidence Act. PCO provided advice in relation to Cabinet documents requested by Commissions of Inquiry, Parliamentary Committees, and the Office of the Auditor General, and protected from disclosure Cabinet confidences from all departments and agencies requested under the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act.
Priority 2: Focus on key policy areas and strengthen medium-term policy planning
PCO's mandated priorities: Progress on priorities:

PCO will:

  • Provide advice and support the development and implementation of the Government's focused policy and legislative agenda in the fields of international policy, democratic institutions, the economy, crime and security, and the environment as set out in the Speech from the Throne and the agenda identified by the Prime Minister. It will also identify emerging issues to inform Cabinet's deliberations and, through long-term strategic thinking, provide advice for the Government's forward-looking agenda; and
  • Support the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, the Minister of State (Democratic Reform), the Leader of the Government in the Senate and Secretary of State (Seniors), the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and the Cabinet decision-making system to ensure the effective implementation in Parliament of the Government's focused set of priorities as outlined in the Speech from the Throne. This will include advice and operational support for the introduction and progression of legislative initiatives, with a particular emphasis on priority bills.
  • Following the general election of October 14 2008, PCO advised the Prime Minister of key considerations facing the Government for the new mandate. Responding to the evolving economic context, PCO assisted the Government in setting out its key priorities in the Speeches from the Throne of November 19, 2008, and January 26, 2009.
  • PCO worked closely with other departments in setting and advancing priorities for the Canada-U.S. relationship and to articulate thematic priorities for the international assistance envelope.
  • PCO helped facilitate a successful First Ministers' Meeting on the economy in January 2009 to lay the groundwork for provincial and territorial support for Canada's Economic Action Plan and Budget 2009. This meeting resulted in an agreement to take incremental action in provincial and territorial 2009 Budgets to stimulate the economy, develop a national framework for foreign credential recognition, and endorse an agreement on labour mobility as well as other agreements.
  • PCO supported 183 Cabinet and Cabinet committee meetings and coordinated legislative and/or regulatory activities between federal entities.

International

  • Strengthen Canada's sovereignty and place in the world through the development of an integrated northern strategy to ensure the sovereignty of Canada's Arctic, the modernization of Canada's military, continued cooperation with the United States in defence of North America, and the fulfillment of our responsibilities to the United Nations and allies; and
  • PCO contributed to the effective advancement of the four pillars of the Northern Strategy: exercising our sovereignty, promoting economic and social development, promoting environmental sustainability and improving governance. PCO helped acquire medium-lift helicopters and high-performance unmanned aerial vehicles for use in Afghanistan. It also helped contribute to the defence of North America by participating in meetings of the Permanent Joint Board on Defence.
  • Build on Canada's accomplishments in Afghanistan and respond to the recommendations of the Independent Panel on Canada's Future Role in Afghanistan by creating a Cabinet Committee on Afghanistan and an Afghanistan Task Force Secretariat, which will be located in the Privy Council Office.

PCO, along with key departments, fulfilled the major recommendations of the Independent Panel on Canada's Future Role in Afghanistan by:

  • creating a Cabinet Committee on Afghanistan with a mandate to consider issues related to Canada's mission in Afghanistan, and an Afghanistan Task Force, which provides secretariat support to the Cabinet Committee in addition to coordinating whole-of-government efforts on Afghanistan while ensuring policy focus and coherence;
  • facilitating the transformation of Canada's mission in Afghanistan into an integrated and joint civilian-military partnership;
  • notifying NATO allies that Canada will end its military presence in Kandahar in July 2011;
  • developing six clear priorities and signature projects related to Canada's future engagement in Afghanistan, as well as benchmarks and progress indicators as a means of assessing the effectiveness of Canada's efforts in Afghanistan, and reporting frankly to Canadians about progress achieved; and
  • assuming the role of Afghan Intelligence Lead Official to enhance information sharing across government in support of Canada's engagement in Afghanistan.

Democratic Institutions

  • Support the Government's efforts to strengthen the federation and democratic institutions and processes through drafting legislation to place formal limits on the use of the federal spending power for new shared-cost programs in areas of exclusive provincial jurisdiction as well as the development of specific initiatives to make Canada's institutions and processes more democratic and more accountable.
  • PCO provided non-partisan support to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of State (Democratic Reform) in the development of the Government's democratic reform agenda, including House passage of Bill C-29, Accountability with Respect to Loans, and committee consideration of Bill C-20, the Senate Appointment Consultations Act.
  • PCO also provided support to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs with respect to the Government's commitment to limit the use of the federal spending power in areas of provincial responsibility that was affirmed in the Speech from the Throne.

Social
PCO will:

  • Support the completion of a strategy for the next phase of the Government's Action Plan for Official Languages;
  • PCO supported the development of the Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality: 2008-2013, announced in June 2008. This support included analyzing recommendations made by Bernard Lord in his stakeholder consultation report, as well as recommendations from the Commissioner of Official Languages.
  • Support the Government in achieving progress on key Aboriginal issues such as the resolution of land claims, governance and self-government, and fostering reconciliation, while continuing to support government work on initiatives in the areas of economic development and education; and
  • PCO supported the Government in developing the apology for Indian Residential Schools by the Prime Minister in the House of Commons and in launching the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. PCO also supported the Government in ongoing land claim and self-government negotiations and governance.
  • Coordinate across the federal government the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the founding of the city of Québec, which also corresponds with the founding of the Canadian state.
  • PCO provided advice to the Prime Minister on federal activities to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of the city of Québec in August 2008. In cooperation with Canadian Heritage, PCO supported the Government by coordinating and managing federal activities and communications products.

Ecomomic Leadership
PCO will support the Government of Canada's efforts to provide effective economic leadership of the forward-looking economic agenda in the following areas:

  • The implementation of a long-term plan of broad-based tax reform;
  • The implementation of the Building Canada Plan and the Growing Forward agricultural framework;
  • Helping to provide a single window for the approval of major projects in the mining and resource sectors;
  • Standing up for Canada's traditional industries; and
  • Assisting families and those seeking to break free from poverty and homelessness.




  • PCO facilitated the passage of the 2008 Budget Implementation Act, which helped the Government advance its agenda of broad-based tax relief, in particular in the area of corporate taxes.
  • PCO monitored the Growing Forward negotiations for bilateral agreements with the provinces and territories. In addition, PCO ensured a smooth transition to the new business risk management programs launched in 2008.
  • PCO continued to advance the Major Projects Management Office, a $60-million initiative, established in Budget 2007, to improve the regulatory process for large natural resource projects.
  • PCO provided advice and guidance to ensure the effective implementation of a number of initiatives to assist the agricultural sector, including a $500-million Agricultural Flexibility Fund to assist the agricultural sector adapt to new industry pressures. PCO also supported the development of the Community Adjustment Fund and measures for the forestry sector to secure a more sustainable future. In addition, PCO coordinated the efforts of Industry Canada, Export Development Canada and other departments and agencies in providing strategic support for Canada's automobile sector to help it cope with the global economic downturn, including by developing a support package for Chrysler and General Motors.
  • PCO participated in proposals for investments to repair and build new social housing across Canada to stimulate growth, create jobs and help families break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty. PCO also provided assistance in developing proposals to support Canadian workers with temporary extensions of Employment Insurance benefits and enhanced access to training.

Crime and security
PCO will:

  • Support the Government's efforts to advance the comprehensive Tackling Violent Crime Bill (C-2), to implement the Safer Communities Strategy, and to move forward the commitment to recruit 2,500 more police officers; and
  • Work with Public Safety Canada to develop and implement a statement on national security that addresses Canadians directly on the challenge of protecting our free and open society. PCO will support the introduction of legislation to ensure that the Government has the tools it needs to protect Canada, Canadians and their rights and freedoms from global and domestic threats.
  • PCO provided significant advice in the development and communications regarding Bill C-2, the Tackling Violent Crime Act, which included amendments to the Criminal Code to strengthen bail provisions and penalties for firearms offences, as well as amendments to enhance the investigation of drug-impaired driving and strengthen penalties for impaired driving. PCO also provided advice on ways to fulfill the commitment to provide funding to recruit 2,500 more police officers in a manner consistent with the Government's commitment to restrict federal spending power.
  • PCO helped advance new legislation, such as C-11: An Act to promote safety and security with respect to human pathogens and toxins, as well as the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act. In the November 2008 Speech from the Throne, the Government reiterated its intention to table a national security statement. PCO continues to work with Public Safety Canada on the development of a statement.

Environment
PCO will provide advice on and support the development and implementation of the following Government of Canada priority initiatives aimed at improving the environment:

  • Address the growing challenge of climate change through tough action on greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Domestically, PCO has worked with departments to develop the policy framework for various climate change initiatives announced in Budget 2009 including: the Clean Energy Fund; the expansion of the ecoEnergy Retrofit program; the creation of a framework for regulating the fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions of light-duty motor vehicles; and the further development of the regulatory framework on greenhouse gas emissions.
  • nternationally, PCO has supported work on the development and implementation of a Canada-U.S. Clean Energy Dialogue, announced by Prime Minister Harper and President Obama on February 19, 2009. PCO worked with departments to develop a negotiating mandate for a number of international maritime initiatives, including one on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships.
  • Implement measures to clean up our major lakes and oceans; 
  • PCO supported the amending of the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act to provide Canada with greater ability to protect its Arctic waters from pollution.
  • Bolster environmental protection through the development of tougher environmental enforcement; and 
  • PCO also supported the development and introduction of proposed legislative amendments designed to strengthen the Environmental Enforcement Act (C-16).
  • Enhance the safety of consumer products and food.
  • PCO supported the development of the Government's Consumer Safety Action Plan to ensure that the Government can respond proactively to human health and safety threats from hazardous or unsafe consumer products. Bill C-6, An Act Respecting the Safety of Consumer Products, was introduced in the House on January 29, 2009.
Priority 3: Support management and accountability of government
RPP 2008-09 Commitments: Delivered in 2008-09:

PCO will:

  • Support the implementation of the Government's integrity, management, accountability and democratic reform initiatives contained in the Federal Accountability Act and the associated Action Plan;
  • PCO supported the Prime Minister in implementing the initiatives under the Federal Accountability Act and associated Action Plan, such as the development of compliance material for public office holders pertaining to the new Lobbying Act.
  • Ensure strategic management of the Governor-in-Council population through open, competency-based selection and appointment processes, enhanced leadership development and talent management programs, and fair and appropriate compensation policies and practices; and
  • PCO initiated further enhancements to the GiC appointments website (www.appointments-nominations.gc.ca) and developed a monthly vacancy report for expiring appointments, and provided comprehensive guidance on the fundamental elements of the appointment process, as well as providing a user-friendly on-line application.
  • Support the renewal of the Public Service of Canada, grounding initiatives in the business of government, to ensure that the Public Service reflects non-partisanship, excellence and leadership at all levels. The 2008-09 priorities will focus on the key pillars of renewal:
  • PCO provided policy advice and support to the Deputy Minister Committee on Public Service Renewal, which met 10 times and to the Prime Minister's Advisory Committee on the Public Service, which met three times. PCO also supported the preparation of the Committee's Annual Report to the Prime Minister.
  • Integrate human resource and business planning in order to understand future requirements;
  • PCO helped develop an Expert Panel on Integrated Planning which provided recommendations on how to improve planning in the Public Service.
  • Target recruitment to renew and sustain capacity at all levels; 
  • PCO collaborated with central agencies and regional councils on four pilot career fairs at Sherbrooke, Dalhousie, Waterloo and Victoria universities, which resulted in the development of a framework for delivery of future career fairs. The career fair succeeded in meeting both post-secondary recruitment and branding objectives.
  • Invest in people and leadership through training and development; and 
  • PCO, supported by the Committee of Senior Officials (COSO), identified potential successors to replace senior leaders. PCO also reviewed the results of the second round of the Advanced Leadership Program, a key initiative in developing future senior leaders.
  • Improve the human resource infrastructure through processes that support efficient, connected and user-friendly planning, recruitment and development.
  • PCO helped to identify and support future leaders through a number of talent management and development programs. PCO also supported a Deputy Minister on Human Resources Governance whose mandate was to provide recommendations regarding changes to the management of human resources in the Public Service as recommended in March 2008 by the Prime Minister's Advisory Committee on Public Service.
Priority 4: Strengthen PCO's internal management practices
PCO's mandated priorities: Progress on priorities:

PCO is:

  • Designing and putting in place a risk-based Integrated Business Planning Process that will be refined over the coming years. PCO will also continue to implement priorities and strategies in its Strategic HR Plan and report to employees on the progress achieved;
  • In line with the Public Service Renewal Action Plan's emphasis on integrated planning, PCO produced and shared with its employees its second annual Integrated Business and Human Resource Plan in 2008-09. New workforce availability estimates from the 2006 Census and 2006 post-census Participation and Activity Limitation Survey (PALS) were released in early 2009. Current representation for Women, Aboriginal Peoples, and Persons with Disabilities within PCO meets or exceeds workforce availability estimates, while Visible Minorities are under-represented. An updated report is planned for September 2009 in which management will report to employees on progress achieved against the strategies contained in the PCO Strategic HR Plan (2007-10).
  • Continuing its efforts to implement the Performance Measurement Framework within the context of the Management, Resources, and Results Structure Policy. The framework will enhance PCO's ability to report credible and factual information on financial and non-financial performance;
  • During 2008-09, PCO further developed its Performance Measurement Framework. Like other policy advice-oriented departments, PCO's challenge is to find meaningful quantitative measures that demonstrate success in providing advice based on complex analysis and research. At this stage, PCO has adopted quantitative output measures as the best proxies available.
  • Continuing its efforts to implement the new internal audit policy and developing a long-term approach for monitoring compliance and enhancing PCO's system of internal controls; and
  • PCO established a new and independent Departmental Audit Committee, which replaced the former Audit and Evaluation Committee, and assigned responsibility for evaluation matters to PCO's Executive Committee.

PCO's long-term approach for monitoring compliance and enhancing its system of internal controls includes:

  • A multi-year, risk-based internal audit planning process that focuses audits on areas of highest risk;
  • Ongoing management-led efforts to document internal controls for all key financial and non-financial policies and processes to better support the Clerk in his Accounting Officer role; and
  • Implementation of Management Action Plans in response to external and internal audit recommendations.
  • Continuing to modernize its emergency management and business continuity program. In this regard, PCO will be reviewing and, if necessary, refreshing all internal plans and operating procedures with respect to emergency response and business continuity planning. PCO will also be working in collaboration with Public Safety Canada and other institutions on coordinated government-wide emergency response and business continuity plans.
  • PCO conducted exercises to test specific parts of the Continuity of Constitutional Government and Human Resources Division business continuity plans. Lessons-learned sessions followed the exercises and provided valuable information for improving PCO's readiness. As well, an organization-wide business impact assessment, a cornerstone piece for the enhanced business continuity program, was completed and the Pandemic Influenza Guide was finalized. PCO increased security services to provide better protection for the Prime Minister, Cabinet and PCO senior management activities at events such as retreats and meetings
  • PCO will update its Business Impact Assessment based on lessons learned from last year's work. Particular attention will be paid to the definition of “critical services” to ensure a common understanding and approach by all branches.

Annex II - Performance Summary—Details

Variation between Total Main Estimates ($123,226,000) and Total Planned Spending ($125,125,000)

The $1.9-million increase is due to:

  • $1.8 million for the operations of the Office of the Coordinator for the 2010 Olympics and G8 Security;
  • $76 thousand for the salary and motor car allowance of the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons. Please refer to the Table: Voted and Statutory Items for more information.

Variation between the Total Planned Spending ($125,125,000) and the Total Authorities ($161,461,000)

The $36.3-million increase is due to:

  • funding in the amount of $19.0 million has been sought for the commissions of inquiry:  

    • $9.5 million for the establishment and operations of the Commission of Inquiry into Certain Allegations Respecting Business and Financial Dealings Between Karlheinz Schreiber and the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney.

    • $5.3 million to fund the ongoing activities of the Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182 as a result of delays and the production of the report; and

    •  $4.2 million to fund the ongoing activities of the Internal Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad Abou-Elmaati and Muayyed Nureddin for which the Commissioner's mandate has been extended.
  • $5.4 million for the departmental 2007-08 Operating Budget Carry Forward;
  • $4.7 million to fund the operations of the Afghanistan Task Force;
  • $4.4 million to compensate for the additional costs associated with new collective bargaining agreements, which were ratified in 2008-09;
  • $2.3 million for eligible expenses (such as parental leave and severance pay) paid during the year and which were reimbursed by the Treasury Board Secretariat;
  • $0.8 million for an adjustment to the Employee Benefit Plans; and
  • An offset of $0.3 million for the Public Opinion Research reduction.

Variation between the Total Authorities ($161,461,000) and the Total Actual Spending ($149,329,000)

The $12.1-million surplus is explained as follows:

PCO: $ 6.5-million surplus

The surplus is due in part to delays in staffing highly specialized vacant positions and by anticipated activities not materializing in some areas, contracting issues that arose late in the year, and delays in accommodation projects.

Commissions of Inquiry: $5.6-million surplus

  • $3.4 million for the Commission of Inquiry into Certain Allegations Respecting Business and Financial Dealings Between Karlheinz Schreiber and the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, including a report or reports to the Governor-in-Council received an extension to December 31, 2009. Consequently, anticipated costs will occur during the 2009-10 fiscal year.
  • $0.9 million for the Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182, which expects to submit its report in the fall or winter 2009. Consequently, expenditures will now occur in fiscal year 2009-10.
  • $1.3 million for the Internal Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad Abou-Elmaati and Muayyed Nureddin. The Commissioner's mandate received an extension leading to an authorization to undertake a process under section 38 of the Canada Evidence Act (CEA). This process experienced delays and, as a result, limited expenditures were incurred.

For further information on all Commissions of Inquiry, please see Program Activity 4.

Variation Between the Total Actual Spending in 2008-09 ($149,329,000) compared to 2007-08 ($137,692,000)

The $11.6-million increase is mainly due to an increase:

  • of $8.7 million due to new initiatives undertaken in 2008-09 such as:
    • the Afghanistan Task Force;
    • security-related issues;
    • ongoing support to the implementation of the Government's agenda, as defined in the 2009 Speech from the Throne and Budget 2009;
    • 2010 Olympics and G8 security;
    • legal fees; and
    • Public Service Renewal.
  • of $3.5 million related to collective bargaining and salary-related costs such as severance and separation pay;
  • of $1.7 million for statutory items mostly for the Employee Benefit Plans.

This was also offset by a decrease:

in the activity level related to the commissions of inquiry by $2.3 million. The Mulroney/Schreiber Commission started in 2008-09. However, the Air India Commission and the Internal Inquiry were in their final stages of work in 2008-09. In 2007-08, the Air India Commission and the Internal Inquiry were fully operational.

Annex III - Summary of Correspondence Activities

Fiscal Years 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09
Correspondence Received1  
Prime Minister      
Paper mail      
General 29,941 22,109 25,626
Priority 3,463 2,029 2,826
Write-in campaigns, junk mail, copies 499,527 459,699 580,355
Greetings 50,755 47,704 45,996
Others 28,156 27,764 24,423
Sub-total for paper mail 611,842 559,305 679,226
Email      
General2 143,468 74,703 195,717
Write-in campaigns, junk mail, copies 899,715 458,858 629,537
Others 21,272 8,269 42,572
Sub-total for email 1,064,455 541,830 867,826
Telephone calls 25,549 19,841 32,422
Sub-total 1,701,846 1,121,171 1,579,474
President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs3 3,020 1,605 1,547
Leader of the Government in the House of Commons3,4 1,483 1,988 792
Minister of State (Democratic Reform)3,4     199
Grand Total 1,706,349 1,124,764 1,582,012
Correspondence Sent1  
Prime Minister      
Paper replies 31,597 20,746 18,790
Email replies 80,482 39,278 111,669
Sub-total 112,079 60,024 130,459
President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs3 453 560 403
Leader of the Government in the House of Commons3,4 339 920 173
Minister of State (Democratic Reform)3,4,5     39
Grand Total 112,871 61,504 131,074

There was an important increase of general emails received in 2008-09, compared to 2007-08. Contributing factors to the increase in correspondence in 2008-09 were the October 2008 federal election, and the November 2008 Economic and Fiscal Statement. Moreover, while in 2007-08 six topics reached a thousand emails or more, 18 different topics generated more than a thousand emails each in 2008-09. Topics included the automotive industry, finance, listeriosis and Middle East conflict.


  1. There is a variance between the correspondence received and the correspondence sent because of the nature of the correspondence (for example, petitions, thank-you letters and other messages that do not require a response).
  2. General email does not include Priority email. Instead, Priority email is processed as paper mail and is included as part of Priority mail.
  3. Includes paper mail and email.
  4. For 2006-07 and 2007-08, volumes of correspondence for the Minister responsible for Democratic Renewal are included with the volumes for the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons.
  5. Data on replies for the Minister of State (Democratic Reform) are not available for 2006-07 and 2007-08.