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

    Friday , December 2 , 2016

    Join the Canadian Association of Journalists' Ottawa chapter to learn how to improve your use of the federal Access to Information Act. Alex Boutilier, a reporter in The Toronto Star's parliamentary bureau, will talk about covering national security issues through ATIP requests. This session is free and open to anyone interested in ATIP (no parliamentary pass needed). Dec. 2, 12 to 1 p.m., National Press Building (150 Wellington St.), sixth floor. Bring your lunch.

    Friday , December 2 , 2016

    Join Dr. Frank Plummer and Dr. Anthony Fauci for an engaging discussion about global efforts to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic, presented by the International Development Research Centre. These two 2016 Gairdner Award-winning experts share their experience in the decades-long fight against HIV/AIDS. Fri., Dec. 2. 1:30-3 p.m. IDRC, 150 Kent St., 8th floor, W. David Hopper Room, Ottawa. Attendance is free but space is limited so please register for the event at idrc.ca/hiv-aids.

    Friday , December 2 , 2016

    The 2016 edition of this annual festival takes place each weekend from Nov. 11 to Dec. 4 at Carleton University's River Building (Richcraft Hall) theatre (third floor). This weekend, catch films from Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, and more. Carleton students and staff: free. Members, seniors, students: $9. Non-members, general admission: $13. Details: cfi-icf.ca.

    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.

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