It’s time to suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement, and luckily it’s not hard to do


Now, with America’s own refugee policies unhinged by the Trump administration and Canada led by a government that is demonstrating it understands the true value of refugees, the fallout from the agreement is far worse than its architects could ever have imagined when it was first conceived.


Scheer to O’Leary: being Conservative Party leader ‘is not a part-time job, we need 100 per cent commitment’

Conservative leadership candidates Chris Alexander, Kellie Leitch, Andrew Saxton, and Erin O'Toole, with moderator Tom Clark on the Manning Centre Conference stage at the Shaw Centre on February 24. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright


Conservative leadership candidates wade into the economy, natural resources, health care, infrastructure, and Canada-U.S. relations at the Manning Centre Conference leadership debate in Ottawa.

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Status Of Government Business

C-5, An Act to Repeal Division 20 of Part 3 of the Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1 (second reading) C-7, An Act to Amend the Public Service Labour Relations Act, Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board Act, and others (RCMP union bill) (consideration of amendments made by the Senate) C-12, An Act to Amend the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act (second reading) C-17, An Act to amend the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act (second reading) C-18, An Act to amend the Rouge National Urban Park Act, Parks Canada Agency Act, and Canada National Parks Act (third reading) C-21, An Act to amend the Customs Act (second reading) C-22, National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians Act (report stage)

The Week Ahead In Parliament

Wednesday, Feb. 22

The House Finance Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. in room 237-C, Centre Block to study Bill C-240, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (tax credit-first aid). It will hear from the bill’s sponsor Liberal MP Bryan May; as well as officials from Finance Canada, then consider the bill clause by clause. It will then go in camera to deal with the draft report on its study of Canadian real estate market and home ownership. The House Environment Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. in room 228, Valour Building. It will meet in camera to consider its draft report on its study on federal protected areas and conservation objectives.

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Conservative MP Blaine Calkins tries to get the puck around Liberal net minder Marc Miller during a charity hockey match in support of the Terry Fox Foundation. The fundraiser took place on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa. The Conservatives won 9-3, and the event raised almost $6,000 for the charity. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

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Parliamentary Calendar

Friday , February 24 , 2017

The Economic Club of Canada presents Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault. 7:45-9 a.m. Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau St., Ottawa. Breakfast will be served. $110 +HST for individual seat (members $89 +HST). Tickets and info: economicclub.ca.

Friday , February 24 , 2017

The Parliamentary Press Gallery AGM will be held on Feb. 24 at the National Press Theatre, 150 Wellington St., Ottawa, at 12:30 p.m. Gallery members will discuss the president’s report; treasurer’s report; results of officers elected; nomination of directors and voting; life and honorary memberships; new business; and results of directors elected.

Monday , February 27 , 2017

The House rises for the week, returning to work on March 6 for one week before another week-long break, returning to work again March 20. The Senate sits this week and next, and is off the week of March 13 for two weeks before returning March 27.

Monday , February 27 , 2017

Catch the official launch of Simon Fraser University’s Public Square’s 2017 Community Summit, bringing together prominent foreign policy experts Roland Paris (University of Ottawa, former senior adviser on global affairs and defence to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau), Sheila Watt-Cloutier (Canadian Inuit activist, Nobel Peace Prize nominee), Senator Yuen Pau Woo, and former senior policy adviser to the Harper government Shuvaloy Majumdar. Panel will be moderated by CBC correspondent Laura Lynch. Feb. 27. 7-9 p.m. Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton St., Vancouver. Summit events continue until March 8. Details: http://www.sfu.ca/publicsquare.html.

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