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Government attempting to ‘gut’ genetic discrimination bill once again

By RACHEL AIELLO

The Bill's House sponsor, Rob Oliphant, called the amendments ‘draconian,' while opposition parties and Liberal backbenchers are imploring their colleagues to have the ‘courage’ to go against the government’s will.

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Look who’s going to Washington: MPs planning blitz to meet and greet new Congress

Conservative MP Dean Allison, left, serves as a vice-chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Liberal MP Michael Levitt chairs the Subcommittee on International Human Rights; NDP MP Tracey Ramsey is a vice-chair on the House Trade Committee. The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright and Sam Garcia

By PETER MAZEREEUW

A handful of House committees are planning trips down south, and some U.S. committees will be invited back to Ottawa.

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Status Of Government Business

HOUSE OF COMMONS
  • S-2, Strengthening Motor Vehicle Safety for Canadians (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

    Wednesday, Feb. 15

    The House Environment Committee will meet 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in room 228, Valour Building, 151 Sparks St., in private, to consider a draft report on federal protected areas and conservation objectives. The House Finance Committee will meet 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in room 237-C, Centre Block, in a televised discussion on the second report of the Advisory Council on Economic Growth, hearing from council members Ilse Treurnicht and Michael Sabia.

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    PUBLISHED : Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 10:55 AM

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may be losing some of his edge in public opinion polls at home, but in Pakistan he’s so popular that some freight truckers have painted his picture on their vehicles, an honour usually reserved for Pakistani or Muslim war heroes, respected politicians, religious figures, poets, athletes, some royalty, and movie stars. To read more: http://bit.ly/2lGC6Jc (Photographs courtesy of Twitter)

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    Thousands protest Trump outside U.S. Embassy

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    Parliamentary Calendar

    Tuesday , February 21 , 2017

    The next Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences’ Big Thinking on the Hill lecture features Matthew Hayday speaking on “‘Canadian-ness,’ citizen engagement, and Canada 150: Using history to inform policy.” Hayday is an associate professor of history at the University of Guelph and will be joined for a Q&A moderated by Guy Laforest, president-elect of the federation. He will discuss how national celebrations and commemorations, both official and citizen-led processes, have shaped our country’s sense of itself and offer suggestions to policy-makers of lessons that can be learned from these past efforts about what works, what does not, and how to foster citizen engagement in theses events. A hot breakfast will be served. Tuesday, Feb. 21. 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/big-thinking or call 613-238-6112 ext. 310.

    Tuesday , February 21 , 2017

    The Canadian Council for the Americas presents a morning conference featuring former prime minister Brian Mulroney and other business leaders including former Business Council of Canada VP Eric Miller, and COO of the International Republican Institute Dan Fisk. 7:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Feb. 21. Location to be determined, downtown Toronto. Members: $225, non-members: $295. Breakfast will be served. ccacanada.com.

    Tuesday , February 21 , 2017

    Award-winning historian and biographer Charlotte Gray will discuss her latest book, The Promise of Canada: 150 Years — People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country, at the Rideau Club, 99 Bank St., 15th floor, on Feb. 21, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 p.m. Ms. Gray will share her observations on the gradual evolution of Canadian identity. Books will be available for sale and Ms. Gray would be pleased to sign them. Individual ticket: $20 (plus HST). To purchase a ticket, please visit: famous5ottawa.ca.

    Wednesday , February 22 , 2017

    The Canadian Federation of University of Women’s Diplomatic Hospitality Group in Ottawa invites diplomats, their spouses/partners, and their families to this event. Wed., Feb. 22. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Museum of History + IMAX, 100 rue Laurier, Gatineau, Que. A nominal fee will be charged to help cover costs.

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