Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
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NEWS > LEGISLATION
House Finance pre-budget hearings busier, but experts say budget already being written

  
Status of Government Business

  
Status of Government Business

  
House goes to bitter end of adversarial sitting, adjourns

Government claims legislative victory while opposition bemoans passage of a raft of ‘sketchy’ legislation.


  
Tory-dominated Senate committee to recommend major changes to feds’ elections bill

  
Tanker liability bill not enough to satisfy critics

Safeguarding Seas Bill could be part of resource agenda push.


  
Early budget, resources, justice top Conservatives’ winter legislative agenda

  
Feds could try to bring one ethics regime to House, Senate, according to RCMP affidavit

  
Chong’s bill expected to get ‘rough ride’ at House Affairs Committee

Conservative MP Michael Chong’s bill to empower MPs could be gutted at committee.


  
Opposition MPs say feds’ anti-cyberbullying bill ‘ghost of Vic Toews’ e-snooping bill’

But Justice Minister Peter MacKay says the opposition parties’ claims are ‘misleading’ and the reforms are necessary.


  
Still no election reform robocalls bill, 14 months past House deadline

Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand has said the bill needs to be implemented by the spring of 2014 in time for next election.


  
The Week ahead in Parliament

  
Tories trying to prevent other safe injection sites from being opened across Canada, say NDP, Libs

Supreme Court said the feds must keep a safe injection site in Vancouver open, but opposition parties say the Tories are now trying to prevent any other safe injection sites from opening anywhere.


  
Status of Government Business

  
Five provinces line up to reject federal proposals to change or abolish Senate

The request for a Supreme Court opinion on the government’s reform or abolition possibilities would not be binding, but without the court’s support it would be politically impossible for PM Stephen Harper to renew legislative efforts to introduce consultative elections to select candidates for appointment to the Senate and to limit Senate terms without majority provincial approval.


  
Feds bring down legislative hammer on massive budget implementation bill

But Government House Leader Peter Van Loan says the Conservatives are allowing for more debate, not less.


  
House committee chairs should be elected by all MPs, Tory MP Trost says

Meanwhile, Parliamentary democracy is ‘sick,’ ‘tattered’ and needs help, say opposition MPs.


  
Feds dragging feet on election fraud legislation, still no sign of bill

Democratic Reform Minister of State Pierre Poilievre has no comment on Elections Canada’s new high-powered advisory board to clean up elections.


  
Conservatives vow to look at reforming, scrapping closed-door Commons Board of Internal Economy

The House Affairs Committee met last Sunday on the Hill to reaffirm its commitment to modernize or scrap secretive Commons management board.


  
MPs sit for fifth week in a row until midnight, House to adjourn this week

House passes Omnibus Budget Bill, Yale Fist Nation Final Agreement, Matrimonial Real Property Rights Bill, and Safe Drinking Water on First Nations Lands Bill in one week.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Parliament Buildings' multi-billion-dollar renovation and construction: in photographs, by Liban Mohamed Sept. 23, 2014

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

Third year civil engineering student, Liban Mohamed, a co-op student with Public Works this summer, tweeted this photo from the West Block. This is the excavation work to construct the West Block's portion of the new underground Visitors' Welcome Centre.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

Workers loading a fixture onto a construction elevator destined to top a chimney on the West Block's Mackenzie Tower.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

The secret staircase inside the Mackenzie Tower is named after Alexander Mackenzie, Canada's second prime minister. Mackenzie, whose office was in West Block, was apparently leery of lobbyists and used the secret staircase as an escape route.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

Copper roofing and metal vents near the top of the West Block's Mackenzie Tower, named after Alexander Mackenzie, Canada's second prime minister and first Liberal prime minister. Mackenzie, who was in office from 1873 to 1878, had his office in West Block. The Mackenzie Tower, the building's tallest tower, also to be completely dismantled and rebuilt as part of the restoration work.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

Small copper-rimmed windows set to be installed on the West Block's Mackenzie Tower. The West Block is one of four Parliament Buildings under construction as part of the Public Works' multi-billion-dollar rehabilitation project. It's expected to cost $2.64-billion by 2018. West Block's renovation is expected to cost $863-million and is expected to be completed in 2018.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

A worker wearing rubber gloves for protection is pictured cleaning West Block masonry with a toothbrush.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

A rooftop view of the West Block's courtyard, which is currently being excavated for construction of the $115-million glass-domed infill that will be the temporary home to the House Chamber beginning in 2018.

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