Liberals push back against eliminating deferred-tax provision, but say Morneau open to change


Critics say the proposed budget measure would prevent lawyers from serving clients who can't pay upfront.


Marijuana legalization presents both potential political risks and gains for Liberals, say insiders

Health Minister Jane Philpott, Liberal MP and parliamentary secretary Bill Blair, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould are the lead political players on the legalization of marijuana. The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright


One the one hand, the Liberals are keeping a key election promise, but much will depend on what the reality of legalized marijuana looks like.

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  • S-2, Strengthening Motor Vehicle Safety for Canadians Act (second reading)
  • 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-21, An Act to amend the Customs Act (second reading)
  • C-23, Preclearance Act (committee)
  • C-24, An Act to amend the Salaries Act and the Financial Administration Act (second reading)
  • C-25, An Act to amend the Canada Business Corporations Act, Canada Cooperatives Act, Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, and Competition Act (report stage)
  • C-27, An Act to amend the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985 (second reading)
  • C-28, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (victim surcharge) (second reading)
  • C-32, An Act related to the repeal of section 159 of the Criminal Code (second reading)
  • C-33, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (second reading)
  • C-34, An Act to amend the Public Service Labour Relations Act and other Acts (second reading)
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    Both the House of Commons and Senate are not sitting for the next two weeks. Both chambers are scheduled to resume sitting on Monday, May 1 (though the Senate's first firm sitting day is Tuesday, May 2).

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    Parliamentary Calendar

    Wednesday , April 26 , 2017

    In the second event of a five-part dialogue series “Characteristics of a Nation-to-Nation Relationship,” the Institute on Governance, with Canadians for a New Partnership, are bringing together experts April 25-26 at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel in Vancouver to share their vision in an open forum for the future relationship between the Crown and indigenous peoples, and help define the characteristics of an approach that recognizes and respects the distinctions between indigenous peoples. Keynote addresses include Senator Murray Sinclair and Keith Harper, former U.S. ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council. For more information, please visit or contact Corinne Carroll at

    Wednesday , April 26 , 2017

    View a presentation by Arthur Hanson on China and Global Green Prosperity. Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks St., April 26, 7:30 p.m. Free for members of the Canada China Friendship Society, $5 for non-members.

    Wednesday , April 26 , 2017

    Catch this exhibition April 26 to May 16, 2017. Open weekdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m., weekends 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Japanese culture demonstrations every Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. The Embassy of Japan in Canada, auditorium, 255 Sussex Dr., Ottawa. Free admission.

    Friday , April 28 , 2017

    The federal government recently announced it would review the laws and policies related to indigenous peoples, and it has struck a cabinet working group to lead the task. Of these laws, the 141-year-old Indian Act stands out as one of the most complex and most reviled. What is the history behind this colonial law? How does it function? Is there any hope we will be able to remove it from the books and replace it with a framework that better reflects a nation-to-nation relationship? This workshop, presented by Policy Options magazine (a digital publication of the Institute for Research on Public Policy), will bring together three leading experts to help answer our basic questions about the act, with the aim of building knowledge around this key policy question facing our country. Friday, April 28, 1 to 3 p.m. Tickets and information available at:

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