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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Status Of Government Business

  • 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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    PUBLISHED : Wednesday, March 15, 2017 1:29 PM

    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.

    Inside the media’s budget lock-up 2017, in pictures

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    Parliamentary Calendar

    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.

    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.

    Monday , March 27 , 2017

    The House is not sitting this week, but sits again April 3-April 13. It breaks again April 17-April 28 and resumes sitting May 1-May 19. It breaks May 21-May 26 and resumes sitting again May 29 and is scheduled to sit every weekday until June 23, but it could adjourn earlier than scheduled. The House will break until Monday, Sept. 18.

    Monday , March 27 , 2017

    Join author Jamie Swift for a presentation on The Vimy Trap: Or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War, which he wrote with Ian McKay. Monday, March 27. 5-7 p.m. Royal Oak, Canal branch, 221 Echo Dr. Co-sponsored by the Group of 78, Rideau Institute, Citizens for Public Justice, and Peace Quest.

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