Budget 2017

Budget promises to probe departmental spending, assets for ‘waste’ and inefficiency


Clean-tech and innovation programs will also go under the microscope. And the government will spend $7.5-million per year, indefinitely, to improve parliamentary translation services.


New spending cooled in Liberals’ 2017 budget, with federal deficit projected at $28.5-billion

Finance Minister Bill Morneau takes questions from the media hours before delivering this year's federal budget to the House of Commons. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade


The Liberal government’s second federal budget boasts a consolidated approach to innovation, plans for a carbon pricing fallback, and includes the first-ever gender impact statement.

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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)
  • The Week Ahead In Parliament

    Thursday, March 23

    The House Foreign Affairs and Development Committee will meet at 8:45 a.m. in room 415, Wellington Building to discuss the situation in Eastern Europe and Central Asia 25 years after the end of the Cold War. It will hear from officials from the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and Edgars Rinkevics, the foreign minister of Latvia. The meeting will be televised. The House Government Operations and Estimates Committee will meet at 8:45 a.m. in room 315, Wellington Building to continue its review of the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act. It will hear from officials from the Public Servants Disclosure Tribunal and the Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of Canada, including commissioner Joe Friday.

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    NDP MP Charlie Angus, who represents the riding of Timmins—James Bay, Ont., gestures passionately during the first NDP leadership debate on Sunday, March 12 in Ottawa. Fellow MP and leadership contender, Niki Ashton, looks on. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia.

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    Parliamentary Calendar

    Thursday , March 23 , 2017

    This symposium, hosted by the University of Calgary School of Public Policy and the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, will examine issues confronting exporters and policy-makers operating at the nexus of trade, commerce, and security. Speakers include: former CSEC chief John Adams, Chamber of Commerce president Perrin Beatty, former national security adviser to the prime minister Richard Fadden, and former CBSA president Luc Portelance. Barney Danson Theatre, Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Pl., Ottawa, Ont. 9:30 a.m. registration, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. program. Registration fee: $89. Register via goo.gl/Wd0zi3. For more information, please contact sppcomm@ucalgary.ca.

    Thursday , March 23 , 2017

    Illustrious Parliamentary Press Gallery guru Norm Gagnon is retiring. Please join us to celebrate Mr. Gagnon’s career with the gallery, wish him well in retirement, and to see if any of his acting skills have rubbed off on his colleagues. The 3 Brewers, 240 Sparks St., 6 p.m.

    Thursday , March 23 , 2017

    The Forum For Young Canadians will be celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary by welcoming 350 secondary students from across Canada to Ottawa in 2017. It will be holding a reception on Thursday, March 23 at the Marriott hotel at 100 Kent St., Ottawa, Victoria North Ballroom, 4:30-7 p.m. RSVP by email to ssawers@forum.ca or by phone at 613-233-4086.

    Sunday , March 26 , 2017

    The second bilingual NDP leadership debate will take place in Montreal, focused on youth issues. A new leader will be selected no later than Oct. 29, 2017.

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