Electoral Reform Committee report almost in works, but PM comments cast shadow


Based on comments last week, it seems unlikely the committee will recommend adopting either online or mandatory voting in Canada.


Opposition says government agenda ‘light’ this fall, considering ambitious campaign promises

Opposition House leaders Murray Rankin, left, and Candice Bergen say they're still waiting for the government to table legislation implementing big policy promises, and the parliamentary secretary to the government House leader Kevin Lamouruex says it's coming. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright


The government, however, says more bills are coming before the end of the month, and points to no shortage of issues to debate in the House

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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, 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 (report stage)

    The Week Ahead In Parliament

    Wednesday, Oct. 19

    • The House will discuss Bills C-4 on labour relations (third reading) and C-24 on Salaries Act changes to reflect the composition of cabinet (second reading) with the hope of finishing with the union bill that day and having it sent to the Senate.
    • The House will vote on a motion to concur in the sixth report of the Public Safety and National Security Committee (extension of time, pursuant to Standing Order 97.1, to consider Bill C-226, Impaired Driving Act, a private member’s bill sponsored by Conservative MP Steven Blaney (Bellechasse-Les Etchemins-Lévis, Que.)).

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    Parliamentary Calendar

    Monday , October 24 , 2016

    The House is sitting Monday to Friday until Nov. 4. It breaks again Nov. 7-Nov.11 and returns on Nov. 14 to sit for five weeks until it breaks for Christmas on Dec. 16, but it could break earlier.

    Tuesday , October 25 , 2016

    The Macdonald-Laurier Institute presents its next Great Canadian Debate, Oct. 25. Margaret Wente, a Globe and Mail columnist, will argue in favour. Susan Eng, a former seniors' advocate, will argue against. 7-8:40 p.m. Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Pl., Ottawa. $20/person, $15 for students, seniors, and museum members, $5 extra at the door. Moderated by Peter Milliken. Buy tickets via

    Tuesday , October 25 , 2016

    The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences’ Big Thinking on the Hill lecture features Richard Johnston speaking on ‘The 2016 U.S. election: How did it come to this, and where is it going?’ Richard Johnston is the Canada Research Chair in Public Opinion, Elections, and Representation at the University of British Columbia. He will discuss if 2016 is an historical accident, leaving no permanent impact, or whether the electoral landscape has been fundamentally transformed. What impact will this have on Canada? A hot breakfast will be served on Tues., Oct. 25 from 7:30-8:45 a.m. Parliamentary Restaurant, Centre Block. Free for parliamentarians and the media. $25 for all others. For more information and to RSVP, go to or call 613-238-6112 ext. 310.

    Tuesday , October 25 , 2016

    The Canadian International Council’s national capital branch and the Rideau Club present a special luncheon event with Stuart Rothenberg, a political analyst in Washington, who will share his insights into a campaign that has shaken up U.S. politics. Tues., Oct. 25. 11:45 a.m. registration and cash bar, 12:15 p.m. lunch, 1-2 p.m. talk and Q&A. The Rideau Club, 99 Bank St., 15th floor. Dress code in effect. $30-$55. Register via

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