Senators Lillian Dyck and Sandra Lovelace Nicholas are part of a very personal debate over Bill S-3, which has seen the House and the Senate face off over amendments that members in the Upper Chamber insist are necessary to remove sex discrimination in the Indian Act.
NDP House Leader Murray Rankin will lead his caucus' push for amendments to a handful of the government's bills in the fall; the Conservatives and House Leader Candice Bergen, right, will push back on a key clause in a Criminal Code reform bill; and Government House Leader Bardish Chagger will try to shepherd the government's legislative agenda, including high-profile bills on marijuana legalization and impaired driving, through the House and into the Senate. The Hill Times file photographs
MPs already have their plates full, with 29 government bills in the House, and more to come.
It's go time. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government have to get cracking and start showing achievements this fall on the Cannabis Act, NAFTA renegotiations, the Phoenix pay system, Canada's Environmental Protection Act, fighter jets, naval ships, Indigenous reconciliation issues, pre-budget consultations, tax reforms, and much more.
We have made important progress, but our work must continue. We need to create a future where key areas for nature are clearly identified and protected. This includes completing our systems of national and provincial parks, creating large-scale wildlife corridors and developing local natural heritage networks. Canada must also lead the world in Indigenous and community conserved areas, particularly in our north where we have an opportunity to protect some of the planet’s last true wilderness.
Given what we have witnessed these last months, NAFTA negotiators will struggle to keep the talks at the table and less in the realm of public, political mud wrestling that the White House seems to favour. At the end of the day, as some may speculate, perhaps the NAFTA we know becomes the 'non-NAFTA' and on its cover is called the 'North American Agreement on Economic Prosperity and Job Creation' eagerly marketed across the United States as a huge win for the president.
It all sounds too good to be true, and it is. While some good is inevitable if some $2-billion or more is to be spent over five years, despite the fact that the productivity of research spending has fallen significantly, the extravagant language that is so typical of the current government is hugely misleading.