Monthly Archives: October 2016

Projected House business for Friday, Oct. 7

Projected House business for Friday, Oct. 7 (subject to change):

The House is meeting between 10:00 – 2:00 p.m. today. Watch All Chamber Proceedings Here!

  • Bill C-4, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code, the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act, the Public Service Labour Relations Act and the Income Tax Act, may continue to be debated at third reading;
  • 11:15 – Question Period. Watch Here!
  • Bill C-24, An Act to amend the Salaries Act and to make a consequential amendment to the Financial Administration Act, may be debated at second reading;
  • Bill C-238, An Act respecting the development of a national strategy for the safe disposal of lamps containing mercury (National Strategy for Safe Disposal of Lamps Containing Mercury Act), may continue to be debated at second reading.

Projected Committee meetings for Friday, Oct. 7

Projected House business for Thursday, Oct. 6

Projected House business for Thursday, Oct. 6 (subject to change):

The House is meeting between 10:00 – 7:00 p.m. today. Watch All Chamber Proceedings Here!

  • 10:00 a.m. Debate over possible changes in Standing Order House rules. Watch Here!
  • Approximately 2:20 – Question Period. Watch Here!
  • 5:30 p.m.: Bill C-230, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (firearm — definition of variant), may continue to be debated at second reading. Watch Here! 

Projected Committee meetings for Thursday, Oct. 6

Projected Ontario Legislative Business for Thursday, Oct. 6

Projected Ontario Legislative Business for Thursday, Oct. 6 (subject to change):

  • 9:00 a.m. – Second Reading of Bill 7, An Act to amend or repeal various Acts with respect to housing and planning.  Watch Live!
  • 10:45 a.m. – Question Period. Watch Live!
  • 2:00 p.m. Private Members’ business: Watch Live!
    • Private Members’ Motion Number 27: “That in the opinion of this House, the Province of Ontario, upon passage of this resolution, act to replace the outdated Fluoridation Act with an updated section of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, and remove the portions of the Ontario Municipal Act that allow a municipality to either opt out of fluoridation of its drinking water….”
    • Second Reading debate of Bill 17, Saving the Girl Next Door Act. Sponsor: Laurie Scott.
    • Second Reading debate of Bill 36, An Act to proclaim the month of November as Albanian Heritage Month. Sponsor: Shafiq Qaadri.
    • Voting on all Private Members’ business takes place at 4:30.

Projected Ontario Legislature Committee meetings for Thursday, Oct. 6

  • There are no scheduled committee meetings today.

Search the full text, approval status, committee hearings and other details of all Ontario bills from the current session here!

Federal and Ontario News Round-up for Oct. 6

Federal News Round-up

In the House, Wednesday, the Liberal government promised new pay-equity legislation that will put the onus on employers in federally regulated industries (representing roughly 15% of the workforce) to ensure men and women are paid equally for work of equal value.

But the government is being criticized by labour groups for a timeline that won’t see the legislation tabled until 2018.

The Liberals’ approach will reverse the radical overhaul of pay equity the previous Conservative government took with the Public Service Equitable Compensation Act, which critics argued effectively killed workers’ rights for equal pay for work of equal value.

Employment Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk said Wednesday the legislation will take a “proactive” approach that’s aimed at helping employers comply with the law rather than forcing employees to lodge complaints about discriminatory wages.

Such complaints in the past have resulted in costly legal battles that are “burdensome, costly and unfair to workers,” she said.

The government intends to draw on the recommendations released in June of the special parliamentary committee on pay equity, as well as consultations it plans with experts and stakeholders for reforms that will force employers to review their compensation systems for gender-based wage disparities and fix them.

Ontario News Round-up

Ontario is undertaking a comprehensive review of how the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) operates and its role in the province’s land-use planning system.

According to the government, possible changes to the OMB may include:

  • Allowing for more meaningful and affordable public participation
  • Giving more weight to local and provincial decisions and support alternative ways to settle disputes
  • Bringing fewer municipal and provincial decisions to the OMB
  • Supporting clearer and more predictable decision making

In March, 40 municipalities passed motions calling for major changes to the land use tribunal.

At the announcement of the review, Municipal Affairs Minister Bill Mauro said the government is considering giving more deference on decision-making to local councils.

That would make it harder for developers to go around municipal decisions and appeal to the OMB to intervene.

Ontarians wishing to participate in the consultation may submit comments online or in person at one of the town hall meetings being held across the province this fall. A consultation paper detailing the issues under review can be found here.

The deadline for providing online feedback is December 19, 2016.

Projected House business for Wednesday, Oct. 5

Projected House business for Wednesday, Oct. 5 (subject to change):

The House is meeting between 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. today. Watch All Chamber Proceedings Here!

  • Approximately 2:20 – Question Period. Watch Here!
  • A motion on the government’s decision to ratify the Paris Agreement, may continue debate;
  • Bill C-225, Protection of Pregnant Women and Their Preborn Children Act (Cassie and Molly’s Law), may continue to be debated at second reading.

Projected Committee meetings for Wednesday, Oct. 5

Projected Ontario Legislative Business for Wednesday, Oct. 5

Projected Ontario Legislative Business for Wednesday, Oct. 5 (subject to change):

  • 9:00 a.m. – Second Reading of Bill 27, An Act to reduce the regulatory burden on business may continue to be debated at second reading.  Watch Live!
  • 10:45 a.m. – Question Period. Watch Live!
  •  3:30 p.m. –  Debate on NDP Opposition Motion opposing Hydro privatization. Watch Live!

Projected Ontario Legislature Committee meetings for Wednesday, Oct. 5

Federal and Ontario News Round-up for Oct. 5

Federal News Round-up

The federal government has thrown down the gauntlet to provinces without some form of carbon pricing.

On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a federal carbon pricing deadline all provinces must comply with by 2018 — or the federal government will impose a price.

The federal government’s direct-pricing plan means polluters in provinces without a carbon pricing scheme will pay $10 per tonne starting in 2018, increasing to $50 per tonne by 2022.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is leading the provincial opposition to the move. According to the Saskatchewan government, the carbon tax will draw more than $2.5 billion out of the provincial economy (even though Trudeau promised to return funds related to any federal carbon levy to the provinces) and make it a less competitive place to do business. Wall also said the government estimates the carbon tax will cost the average family $1,250 a year. Wall is joined by a number of Maritime provinces in opposition to the move.

British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec all have implemented (or will soon implement) carbon pricing schemes that will exceed the floor price announced by Trudeau. However, Alberta appears to making its support for the measure conditional on federal approval of proposed pipelines.

Ontario News Round-up

The Liberal government’s election financing legislation, Bill 2,  passed second reading unanimously Tuesday – but the opposition parties still have complaints about the government’s reform efforts.

Both opposition parties object to the proposed ban on backbench MPP’s attending fundraising events and the limits placed on the Auditor-General’s ability to monitor government advertising it considers partisan.

Bill 2 has been referred to the Standing Committee on General Government and committee hearings are likely to be held shortly.

The key changes in the province’s election financing rules included in Bill 2 are as follows:

  • Reducing the total amount individuals can donate by almost 90 per cent (from $33,250 to $3,600 per year) — to a maximum of $1,200 to a political party, $1,200 to its candidates and $1,200 to its constituency associations or nomination contestants in an election year;
  • Strengthening the rules to address coordination between political actors and third parties;
  • Limits on third party, election-related  advertising; and
  • New rules capping spending on party leadership campaigns.

The government has also proposed further amendment to ban MPPs, candidates, party leaders, nomination contestants and leadership contestants from attending political fundraising events. That amendment was not included in the version of Bill 2 approved Tuesday and will be tabled in committee.

 

Projected Ontario Legislative Business for Oct. 4

Projected Ontario Legislative Business for Tuesday, Oct. 4 (subject to change):

Projected Ontario Committee meetings for Tuesday, Oct. 4

House of Commons Business for October 4

Projected House business for Tuesday, Oct. 4 (subject to change):

  • A motion on the government’s decision to ratify the Paris Agreement, may continue debate;
  • A recorded division will be held on Bill C-22, An Act to establish the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians and to make consequential amendments to certain Acts;
  • A recorded division will be held on an NDP opposition motion put forward by Hélène Laverdière that a committee be created to oversee all current and future Canadian arms exports;
  • Bill C-231, Fight Against Food Waste Act, may continue to be debated at second reading.

Projected Committee meetings for Tuesday, Oct. 4

  • The Transport committee will begin their study on the Navigation Protection Act. Transport Minister Marc Garneau (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce-Westmount, Que.) will appear before the committee.
  • The Human Resources committee will begin their study on Poverty Reduction Strategies. Families, Children and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos (Québec, Que.) will make an appearance before the committee.
  • The Immigration and Citizenship committee will meet to study Family Reunification. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum (Markham-Thornhill, Ont.) will appear before the committee.
  • Get a full list of House committee meetings scheduled for today on the House committee page.