The Senate is scheduled to return Nov. 21 and sit until Dec. 22. The government’s representative in the Senate says that schedule could be extended this December, if necessary, to complete the Upper Chamber's deliberation of priority government bills. The Hill Times file photograph
Expect a pre-Christmas legislative push, say Senate leaders, after diversions due to committee membership negotiations.
The committee will be a new 'departmental entity,' according to PCO, with a deputy minister-level head.
The Liberals plan to legalize cannabis on or before July 1, 2018, but Conservative health critic Marilyn Gladu, NDP health critic Don Davies, and Independent Senator André Pratte are concerned about public education, pardons, and whether police forces will be ready in time.
The Emergencies Act isn't intended for a crisis such as the opioids epidemic, experts say, but a new piece of legislation could categorize responses to better reflect its nature and address jurisdictional concerns.
Mary Bartram, a Ph.D candidate at Carleton University, says the $5-billion over the next ten years outlined in the Health Accord is a step in the right direction, but doesn't come close filling the $3.1-billion mental health care funding gap.
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Advocates say the new agreement isn't a step backwards, but don't see any major changes that would signal a dramatic shift in agricultural policy.
Kenjiro Monji is retiring after 42 years in the foreign service, including nine overseas postings and four in ambassadorial positions.