Syrian Refugees

Canadian security agencies ‘consulting’ with U.S. Homeland Security to vet Syrian refugees coming to Canada


Opposition parties say they don't have any objections Canadian security agencies consulting with the U.S. Homeland Security databases to screen Syrian refugees coming into Canada.


Feds’ electoral reform in doubt, pollsters say one broken promise won’t sink Liberals, but more could spell trouble

Electoral Reform Committee chair and Liberal MP Francis Scarpaleggia, third from left, Bloc MP Luc Thériault, far left, Conservative MP Scott Reid, and NDP MP Nathan Cullen, right, pictured Dec. 1 at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa presenting the majority committee report on electoral reform. The Hill Times Photograph by Andrew Meade


After six months of work and a $700,000 price tag, Democratic Minister Maryam Monsef said she was ‘disappointed’ in the House Electoral Reform Committee. She later apologized, but also said the will of Canadians is still unclear. Meanwhile, the government sent out more than 13 million postcards asking Canadians to participate in an online survey on electoral reform.

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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

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