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.
Bloc Leader Fortin to test Supreme Court nominee Rowe’s proficiency in French
Opposition parties are describing the 90 minute Q&A session with Malcolm Rowe “a PR stunt” and “a show.”
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
Morneau tightens mortgage requirements, Liberal MPs concerned new rules will shut out first-time homebuyers
Hill Life & People
End of honeymoon with labour could force Trudeau to step up game as PM: academic
Wilson-Raybould hires policy adviser who represented Ontario’s first person granted doctor-assisted death
A Friday to remember: Surprise Wallonia defence hurts Canada’s chances of clinching historic CETA victory
Canadian exporters will need to base their European strategy on the fact that things will never be the same. Every company with interests in these markets will need to assess the impacts of CETA, Brexit, and the outcome of the U.S. election on their commercial operations and overall international strategy. If you haven’t done this already; your competitors have.
Presidential race could be a satire of a woman’s run for highest political office in the world
Canada’s international assistance should draw on expertise in financial oversight
Seismic testing controversy in North set for Supreme Court
The North is critical to unlocking Canada’s full potential
I sincerely hope that the Liberal government will continue the work done by the previous Conservative government to emphasize the economic and social opportunities that come with resource development.
Monday, Oct. 24, 2016
Liberal MP Arya tables hate crimes private member’s bill
The bill would make it an offence to cause mischief to a property used primarily for religious worship, educational institution, sports or cultural centre, or a seniors’ residence because of bias, prejudice, or hate based on religion, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
Justice Committee calls on Wilson-Raybould to clean up ‘hodgepodge’ Criminal Code
In a letter sent to the Justice minister, committee members signalled interest in helping her remove outdated, unconstitutional clauses in the law, parallel to a newly underway justice system review.
Whistleblower who helped U.S. recover $5-billion in taxes wants to help Canada too
Bradley Birkenfeld told The Hill Times that he'd be happy to provide valuable information with documents that could help Canadian authorities recover unpaid federal taxes in offshore accounts. It's estimated that Revenue Canada is losing about $8-billion in lost taxes from offshore bank accounts each year.
How to make lobby days more effective
Old-fashioned lobbying uses the number of meetings or number of MPs attending a reception as the measurement of success. That won’t cut it in 2016.
Newspapers seek federal help, major lobbying push made in recent months
More federal advertising, better access to the Canada Periodical Fund, and stronger copyright laws are among the things the newspaper industry wants.
Plain packaging lobbying persists as Liberals promise new tobacco rules
Mandatory plain packaging is 'definitely going to happen,' says the parliamentary secretary for health.
Ag Minister MacAulay ‘not one bit concerned’ by international trade challenge threat
‘I never was very big on threats,’ says MacAulay, responding to dairy lobby groups in the U.S. and elsewhere criticizing Canada for a proposed Canadian dairy industry pact they say would flout global trade rules.
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)
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.)).
Photo of the week
PUBLISHED : Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 2:14 PM
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Spain hosts lavish lunch, Chile shows off colourful flair: Diplomatic parties, Oct. 19, 2016
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 12:00 AM
Remembering Jim Prentice (1956-2016): in pictures
PUBLISHED : Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 12:47 PM
Terry Milewski’s farewell shindig: Oct. 5, 2016
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016 1:11 PM
When it comes to medical tests and treatments, more is not always better
PUBLISHED : Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 9:39 PM
Gaining Consensus: Getting Issues Heard In The New Parliament
PUBLISHED : Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 2:09 PM
Policy Briefing Live – Climate Change
PUBLISHED : Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 11:52 AM
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 macdonaldlaurier.ca/events.
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 ideas-idees.ca/events/big-thinking 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 cicncboct252016.eventbrite.ca.