Leitch’s campaign says mass email to supporters while pictured firing a handgun intended to communicate directly to gun owners, ‘very important’ community 


Kellie Leitch's spokesperson Michael Diamond says federal jurisdiction over guns is of great importance to many Conservative Party members and prospective members.


Liberals won’t commit to meeting platform promises on transparency by next election

The 'objectivity' of the federal public service is top of mind for the government as it draws up its plan to make government information more accessible to the public, says Treasury Board President Scott Brison. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright


Conservative MPs called for the Treasury Board president to explain the delay on access to information reform to the House Ethics Committee, but were voted down by the committee's Liberal majority.

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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-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

    The Senate Ethics and Conflict of Interest for Senators Committee will meet at 9:00 a.m. in Room 356-S, Centre Block, to consider an inquiry report of the Senate Ethics Officer. The meeting will be held in camera.

    The Senate Human Rights Committee will meet at 11:30 a.m. in Room 9, Victoria Building. The meeting will be televised.

    The Senate Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs will meet at 12:00 p.m. in Room 2, Victoria Building, to work on creating a defined professional and consistent system for veterans as they leave the Canadian Armed Forces. The committee will hear from Guy Parent, the veterans ombudsman.

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    Parliamentary Calendar

    Thursday , March 30 , 2017

    Ikebana International Ottawa Centennial Chapter 120 will present its annual Ikebana Exhibition from March 30 to April 2 at the Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod St., Ottawa. Entry to the exhibition included in regular museum admission.

    Friday , March 31 , 2017

    Agents of Parliament are meant to be independent from the government, but it is the government that gives and sometimes diminishes their power, their independence, and their funding. Some say that we have too many agents of Parliament, and others say that we need more. This seminar will bring together current and former agents of Parliament, Parliamentarians, and academics who will share their views on that mysterious relationship between Parliament and agents of Parliament. This half-day seminar is presented by the Canadian Study of Parliament Group. 8:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Sir John A. Macdonald Building, 144 Wellington St., room 100. Buffet lunch included. $150 for members, $200 non-members. For more information, visit, or contact the CSPG Secretariat at 613-995-2937 or

    Friday , March 31 , 2017

    Friday, March 31, 8 p.m. to 12 midnight. The not-to-be missed event on every Hill staffers’ social calendar celebrates the Junos this month. On the theme of Picture Perfect, the evening includes a mix of eclectic activities, photo booths, selfie stations and more, with a bit of natural science mixed in. Plus, last chance to experience the Reptiles: Beautiful and Deadly, special exhibition and sneak preview of ikebana, a fascinating display of traditional Japanese flower arrangement. Tickets and information available at:

    Monday , April 3 , 2017

    The House is sitting April 3-13. It breaks April 14-28 and resumes sitting May 1-19. The Senate sits until April 13 and is then off until May 1, at which point it will sit until May 19.

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