Budget 2017

Budget promises to probe departmental spending, assets for ‘waste’ and inefficiency


Clean-tech and innovation programs will also go under the microscope. And the government will spend $7.5-million per year, indefinitely, to improve parliamentary translation services.


New spending cooled in Liberals’ 2017 budget, with federal deficit projected at $28.5-billion

Finance Minister Bill Morneau takes questions from the media hours before delivering this year's federal budget to the House of Commons. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade


The Liberal government’s second federal budget boasts a consolidated approach to innovation, plans for a carbon pricing fallback, and includes the first-ever gender impact statement.

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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-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

    Thursday, March 23

    The House Foreign Affairs and Development Committee will meet at 8:45 a.m. in room 415, Wellington Building to discuss the situation in Eastern Europe and Central Asia 25 years after the end of the Cold War. It will hear from officials from the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and Edgars Rinkevics, the foreign minister of Latvia. The meeting will be televised. The House Government Operations and Estimates Committee will meet at 8:45 a.m. in room 315, Wellington Building to continue its review of the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act. It will hear from officials from the Public Servants Disclosure Tribunal and the Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of Canada, including commissioner Joe Friday.

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    NDP MP Charlie Angus, who represents the riding of Timmins—James Bay, Ont., gestures passionately during the first NDP leadership debate on Sunday, March 12 in Ottawa. Fellow MP and leadership contender, Niki Ashton, looks on. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia.

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    Parliamentary Calendar

    Wednesday , March 22 , 2017

    The Liberals will meet in Room 237-C Centre Block on Parliament Hill. For more information, please call Liberal Party media relations at media@liberal.ca or 613-627-2384.

    Wednesday , March 22 , 2017

    The Conservatives will meet for their national caucus meeting. For more information, contact Cory Hann, director of communications, Conservative Party of Canada at coryhann@conservative.ca.

    Wednesday , March 22 , 2017

    The NDP caucus will meet from 9:15 a.m.-11 a.m. in Room 112-N Centre Block, on Wednesday. Please call the NDP Media Centre at 613-222-2351 or ndpcom@parl.gc.ca.

    Wednesday , March 22 , 2017

    The Bloc Québécois caucus will meet from 9:30 a.m. in the Francophonie room (263-S) in Centre Bock, on Wednesday. For more information, call press attaché Julie Groleau, 514-792-2529.

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