Senators question Internal Economy Committee’s $108,000, ‘sole-source’ media relations contract


Internal Economy Committee Chair Leo Housakos says the Senate communications directorate's task is to do outreach to Canadians about the legislative work of the Senate, not media relations.


House leaders brace for jam-packed, late-night legislative push in final ‘high-octane’ weeks of spring sitting

NDP House leader Murray Rankin, parliamentary secretary to the government House leader Kevin Lamoureux, and Conservative House leader Candice Bergen say they are expecting a busy four weeks of late-night sittings, as the government endeavours to have a productive end to an otherwise slow-moving legislative session. The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright


The House is back for four final weeks before it adjourns for the summer and the government is expected to try again rolling out changes to the House rules and table bills on political financing and national security.

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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-6, An Act to Amend the Citizenship Act (consideration of amendments made by the Senate)
  • The Week Ahead In Parliament

    MONDAY, MAY 29 The House Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Foreign Affairs and International Development Committee will meet in-camera at 1 p.m. in Room 112-N, Centre Block to discuss committee business.

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    Parliamentary Calendar

    Monday , May 29 , 2017

    The House resumes sitting on Monday, May 29, and will sit every weekday from May 29 to June 23, but it could adjourn earlier.

    Tuesday , May 30 , 2017

    Parliamentarians are invited to come hear how CFHI is turning innovation into action that is having a direct impact on the health of Canadians. Health leaders and family members will talk about a nationwide collaboration that successfully reduced the inappropriate use of anti-psychotic medications and is now being implemented in every nursing home in New Brunswick. The breakfast is by invitation only. Parliamentarians can drop in between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. at the Speaker’s Lounge, 216-N Centre Block, Parliament Hill. For more information, contact

    Tuesday , May 30 , 2017

    Members of the Business Council of British Columbia (BCBC) including leaders from business, First Nations, and academia invite all Parliamentarians to join them at a reception on Tuesday, May 30, 5-8 p.m., Renaissance Room, Fairmont Chateau Laurier. Please RSVP to Hunter Doubt at or 613-783-3452.

    Wednesday , May 31 , 2017

    This is an annual showcase of technology, products, and services for land-based, naval, aerospace, and joint forces military units. Organizers say this two-day event is the largest and most important defence industry event in Canada. Until June 1. EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Dr., Ottawa, Ont.

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