Electoral Reform

Electoral reform committee recommends current voting system be included in referendum on proportional representation


Liberal committee members publish a dissenting report, disagreeing with the committee's recommendation to hold a referendum, calling it "premature" and stating the need for more engagement.


Genetic discrimination bill headed back to Senate, Liberals deny it reopens possibility for government changes

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, pictured on the Hill. The House Justice Committee passed a coordinating amendment by Liberal MP Colin Fraser that, while not altering the substance of the controversial Bill S-201 on genetic discrimination, will force the bill to go back to the Senate before passing. The Justice minister wanted to see substantive changes to the bill, but that did not happen. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright


While the substance of the bill was untouched, the House Justice Committee passed a coordinating amendment regarding the trans rights bill C-16 that could delay S-201’s passage.

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  • 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 (consideration of amendments made by the Senate)
  • C-12, An Act to Amend the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act (second reading)
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    Monday, Nov. 14 The House Health Committee will meet at 10 a.m. in-camera in Centre Block, Room 237-C, to discuss the opioid crisis in Canada and consider a draft report.

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    Parliamentary Calendar

    Monday , December 5 , 2016

    The House is sitting weekdays until to Dec. 16, but it could adjourn earlier. It’s scheduled for a six-week break from Ottawa and the House will resume sitting on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017.

    Tuesday , December 6 , 2016

    The second debate will be held on Dec. 6 in Moncton, N.B., and will be a bilingual debate. Debates will be streamed live online for all party members and all Canadians to see. All debates are open to Conservative Party members to attend. The Conservative Party leadership election will be on May 27, 2017.

    Tuesday , December 6 , 2016

    Vancouver Sun Parliament Hill reporter Peter O’Neil will launch his book, I Am A Métis, The Story of Gerry St. Germain, published by Harbour Publishing, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., at the Métropolitain Brasserie, 700 Sussex Dr., Ottawa.

    Tuesday , December 6 , 2016

    The Assembly of First Nations convenes its annual December Assembly, one of two major national gatherings the AFN holds each year, in Gatineau, Que. Hilton Lac Leamy, 3, boulevard du Casino, Gatineau. Until Dec. 8. First Nations chiefs and delegates from across the country will gather to discuss key priorities and set strategy for the coming year. Several federal cabinet ministers are expected to address the assembly. Parliamentary reception for Parliamentarians, Tues., Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. Annual AFN Winter Celebration Gala Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. More information at afn.ca/en/2016sca

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