Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Senate pre-study of Bill C-51 cuts through spin with fresh witnesses

With a few exceptions, the National Security and Defence Committee is hearing from key voices that didn’t get a chance to testify before the House during its rushed study.

New poll shows Canadians support making anthem gender neutral

New poll shows Canadians support making anthem gender neutral
Fifty-eight per cent of Canadians strongly or somewhat approve of changing the Canadian national anthem's lyrics from 'in all thy sons command' to 'in all of us command,' according to a new poll.

Lobbyists worry about ‘chill,’ some MPs still unclear about rules on lobbyist gifts, meals

Lobbyists worry about ‘chill,’ some MPs still unclear about rules on lobbyist gifts, meals
Conservative MP James Rajotte says ‘there is some confusion now in terms of what is acceptable and what is not acceptable.’

COLUMNS

House of Commons

  • C-11, Priorities Hiring for Injured Veterans Bill (second reading)

  • C-33, First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act (committee)

  • C-35, Justice For Animals in Service Act [Quanto’s Law] (report stage)

  • C-42 Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act (report stage)

Monday, May 25

• The House will debate Bill C-588, An Act to amend the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act (Sambro Island Lighthouse) at second reading. It will also debate Bill S-6, the Yukon and Nunavut Regulatory Improvement Act, at report stage, as well as Bill C-42, the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act at report stage, and will deal with Bill C-59, the budget implementation act. The House will then form a committee of the whole to consider the 2015-16 main estimates. 

• The House Canadian Heritage Committee will meet to study dance in Canada and will hear witness testimony from Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata, École supérieure de ballet du Québec, Ballet BC, Dancers of Damelahamid, Sampradaya Dance Creations and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. It will then do clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-597, An Act to amend the Holidays Act (Remembrance Day).

• The House Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics Committee will meet to discuss the 2015-16 main estimates and will hear testimony from Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson, Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault, Lobbying Commissioner Karen Shepherd, and Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien.

• The House Public Accounts Committee is meeting to discuss Chapter 3 of the Auditor General’s Spring 2015 Report on tax-based expenditures and will hear from AG Michael Ferguson, the Department of Finance and the Canada Revenue Agency.


Parliamentary Calendar
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Canadian talent centre stage at SOCAN Hill reception May 19, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
The crowd dancing and singing along to Alex Nevsky's performance, in the Aboriginal Peoples Committee room.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Liberal MP Stéphane Dion, SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, President of the SOCAN Board of Directors Stan Meissner, and SOCAN Chief Quebec Affairs Officer Geneviève Côté, pictured May 12 at the event.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Conservative MP Gord Brown, chair of the House Canadian Heritage Committee.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
NDP MPs Rathika Sitsabaiesan and Pierre Nantel take a selfie during the concert.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Canadian performing artist Sarah Slean.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
DFATD Director General Marcel Lebleu, Environics Communications' Louis-Charles Roy, Alex Nevsky, and ESDC's Philippe Bernier-Arcand.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Back Row: Stéphane Dion, Sarah Slean, Mr. Brown, Eric Baptiste, Pierre Nantel, Stan Meissner, James Cowan. Front Row: Marc Ouellette, Geneviève Côté, Alex Nevsky, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, and Gabriel Gratton.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Gabriel Gratton, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, and Alex Nevsky performing.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner, SOCAN's Geneviève Côté, and Liberal MP Mark Eyking.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Sarah Slean and NDP MP Tyrone Benskin.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Conservative MP Terrence Young, SOCAN's Stan Meissner, and Eric Baptiste.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Tom Mulcair's current, and former chiefs of staff Alain Gaul and Raoul Gébert, with SOCAN's Eric Baptiste.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Sen. Cowan, Sarah Slean, and Stan Meissner.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Environics Communications' Alex Bushell, with NDP MPs Carol Hughes and Djaouida Sellah.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Alex Nevsky and Environics Communications' Greg MacEachern.

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