Budget 2009

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. I want to congratulate the government for putting $1.5 million into the budget for Special Olympics. It is extremely important, and I know the Special Olympics movement appreciates it very much.

As the leader knows, I work closely with many different groups in autism, Special Olympics and others. Some time ago, the Leader of the Government in the Senate provided us with information regarding the Enabling Accessibility Fund. She said that $45 million would be available over three years, and that the call for proposals for this funding was open from April 1 to April 30, 2008.

Can the leader please tell us today, of the more than 800 submissions received, how many qualified for funding?

Hon. Marjory LeBreton (Leader of the Government and Minister of State (Seniors):Honourable senators, obviously the question is a detailed one. I do not have that information at my fingertips. I will take the question as notice and provide the information.

Senator Munson: Honourable senators, the leader may wish to take this supplementary question as notice as well. How much of that $45 million has been spent, and when will the next call for submissions go out? Disability groups want to know.

Senator LeBreton: I can understand that these groups want to know, and I will add that question to the inquiry.