Senate Reform

‘Senate is not this monolithic rubber stamp anymore,’ independent Senate will change legislative process, Hill power structures


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's strategy to create a non-partisan and more independent Upper Chamber also means Senators will have to be involved in the front end of the policy process. It's a whole new ballgame.


‘I’d like to see it fixed tomorrow,’ Foote vows to solve problem-plagued Phoenix payroll system, still can’t say when

Public Services and Procurement Minister Judy Foote is headed to Miramichi, N.B. this week to meet with the public servants working on Phoenix, the government's new and problem-plagued computerized pay system. Phoenix horror stories emerge: student employees left with no money for tuition; families forced to visit food banks; employees faulting on loans or dipping into RRSPs; and security breaches allowing access to personal information like social insurance numbers. The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright


PSAC national executive vice-president Chris Aylward says only MPs, deputy ministers, and assistant deputy ministers should be paid through the Phoenix system until it's fixed because then 'it’s going to be fixed pretty quick.'


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Status Of Government Business

  • C-2, An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (third reading)
  • 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 (report stage)
  • 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, the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board Act and other Acts, and to provide for certain other measures (consideration of amendments made by the Senate)
  • C-12, An Act to Amend the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts (second reading)
  • C-13, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act, the Hazardous Products Act, the Radiation Emitting Devices Act, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, the Pest Control Products Act and the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, and to make related amendments to another Act (second reading)
  • C-16, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (second reading)
  • C-17, An Act to amend the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act and to make a consequential amendment to another Act (second reading)
  • C-18, An Act to amend the Rouge National Urban Park Act, the Parks Canada Agency Act and the Canada National Parks Act (second reading)
  • C-21, An Act to amend the Customs Act (second reading)
  • C-22, An Act to establish the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians and to make consequential amendments to certain Acts (second reading)
  • C-23, An Act respecting the preclearance of persons and goods in Canada and the United States (Preclearance Act) (second reading)
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    The Week Ahead In Parliament

    Monday, July 25 The Special House Committee on Electoral Reform will meet from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Centre Block, room 237-C. It will hear from R. Kenneth Carty, professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia; Brian Tanguay, political science professor at Wilfrid Laurier University; and Nelson Wiseman, director of the Canadian Studies Program at the University of Toronto. This meeting will be televised.

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    Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    PUBLISHED : Monday, July 18, 2016 11:26 AM

    Carla Qualtrough, minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities and former paralympian and now Senator, Chantal Petitclerc were both present when the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Swimming Canada announced the para-swimming team that will be heading to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the 2016 Paralympic Games. (The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright) The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright

    Bastille Day and more: diplomatic parties this week

    PUBLISHED : Wednesday, July 20, 2016 12:00 AM

    Diplomatic party circuit busy as summer gears up

    PUBLISHED : Wednesday, July 13, 2016 12:00 AM

    Gaining Consensus: Getting Issues Heard In The New Parliament

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    Policy Briefing Live – Climate Change

    PUBLISHED : Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 11:52 AM

    Parliamentary Calendar

    Wednesday , August 24 , 2016

    Wednesday, Aug. 24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2431 Queensborough Rd., Queensborough, Ont. Hastings-Lennox and Addington, Ont.

    Monday , September 19 , 2016

    The House resumes sitting on Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. after a 13-week break. The House adjourned June 17.

    Tuesday , September 20 , 2016

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to hold a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20 on the Hill. For more information, call the PMO Press Office at (613) 957-5555.

    Wednesday , September 21 , 2016

    The Liberals will meet in Room 237-C Centre Block on Parliament Hill. For more information, please call Liberal Party media relations at or 613-627-2384.

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