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Federal News Highlights and Parliamentary Business for November 25

Federal Morning News Round-up

  • The Liberals have introduced new legislation that repeals changes the Harper government made to Canada’s Election laws. Amongst the changes being made under Bill C-33 are: the reinstatement of  voter information cards as identification; allowing vouching; and creating a national register of electors to pre-register youth aged 14 to 17.
  • According to anti-poverty group Campaign 2000, Canada’s child poverty rate has jumped from 15.8 per cent in 1989 when parliament passed a resolution to abolish child poverty, to 18.3 per cent today. According to its annual report, for those under age 6, the rate is almost 20 per cent nationally and closer to 45 per cent for young children in Nunavut.
  • Canada’s premiers intend to push the Trudeau government hard on increasing health care transfers when the Premiers meet the Prime Minister in two weeks ostensibly to talk about climate change.
  • The Liberals are admitting that more could be done to plug holes in the new CPP enhancement – but that does not include amending the bill that includes the omissions. Responding to pressure from New Democrats in the committee studying Bill C-26, regarding omissions that hurt Canadians who temporarily drop out of the workforce to raise their children or to cope with an illness, the government admitted there was a problem but promised only to consult with the provinces when federal and provincial Finance Ministers meet in December.

Op-Eds and Editorials

  • Gerry Caplan makes the case that despite ratifying the United Nations Convention against Torture in 1987, Canada is guilty of many of the practices banned in the convention. Caplan says that “Torture – physical, psychological or both – has been inflicted by our prisons and our security and intelligence services on many Canadians – a disproportionate number of them indigenous or people with a Middle Eastern background – as well as on foreign citizens”. Caplan gives as an example, Adam Capay, the young indigenous man kept in solitary for more than 1,500 days in an Ontario correctional facility.
  • Thomas Homer Dixon says Donald Trump is “a bizarre hybrid of an idiot savant and a Mafia don” and that these personality traits are likely to result in constant “bedlam”. You think?
  • John Ivison takes a swipe at the Trudeau Liberals’ “cash for access” fundraising tactics.

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Projected House Business for Friday, Nov. 25:

Main Chamber Business

The House is meeting between 10:00 – 7:00 p.m. today.

  • 10:30 – Government Business – Second reading debate on Bill C-18 An Act to amend the Rouge National Urban Park Act, the Parks Canada Agency Act and the Canada National Parks Act.  Watch Here!
  • 2:15 – Question Period. Watch Here!
  • 3:15 p.m.  – Government Business – Second reading debate on Bill C-30 – Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Implementation Act. Watch Here!
  • 5:45 p.m. Private member’s Business. Bill C-274 – Mr. Caron (Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques) — An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (transfer of small business or family farm or fishing corporation). Watch Here!

Projected  House Committee Business for Friday, Nov. 25

  • There are no Committee meetings scheduled for today.

Projected House business for Thursday, Oct. 20

Projected House business for Thursday, Oct. 20 (subject to change):

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

  • 10:30 a.m. – Government Business: Supply Motion may be debated. Watch Here!
  • 11:00 a.m. Opposition Motion — Ms. Rempel (Calgary Nose Hill) — Genocide against the Yazidi people. Watch Here!
  • 2:15 – Question Period. Watch Here!
  • 3:15 – Government Business: Supply Motion may be debated. Watch Here!
  • 5:30 p.m.Bill C-240 , Private Members’ Business. An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (tax credit — first aid) may be debated at second reading. Watch Here!

Projected Committee meetings for Thursday, Oct. 20

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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 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

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.