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.


‘We’re the party of everyday Canadians,’ Scheer tells energized Conservative caucus on Parliament Hill

New leader of the Conservative Party of Canada Andrew Scheer told his caucus Monday morning the party will focus on being the voices of 'everyday Canadians,' staking his early claim on defining himself as party leader and setting his strategy. The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello


Andrew Scheer says: ‘The Liberals can take their cues from the cocktail circuit. We will take ours from the minivans, from the soccer fields, the legion halls, and the grocery stores.’

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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-6, An Act to Amend the Citizenship Act (consideration of amendments made by the Senate)
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    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

    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.

    Wednesday , May 31 , 2017

    On May 31 and June 1, the Wireless World Research Forum will host the Fourth Annual 5G Huddle at the Crowne Plaza Gatineau-Ottawa, as part of the celebrations of the 150th Anniversary of Confederation, a move supported by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association; Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada; the Information Technology Association of Canada; and the Radio Advisory Board of Canada. The 2017 5G Huddle will focus concretely on the transition from 4G to 5G, in other words on what needs to be done to lay the groundwork for widespread 5G adoption and ensure that we are prepared to capitalize on the opportunities and benefits ahead. For more information and to register, please visit

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