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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.


  
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.


  
House of Commons to sit until midnight for next four weeks, Tories say NDP forced them

The government would need unanimous consent to adjourn the House early and the NDP says it won’t give its consent.


  
Opposition MPs say new House Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women lacks direction

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he skeptical of inquiries ‘run way over time, way over budget, recommendations prove to be of limited utility.’


  
Critics warn First Nations Matrimonial Property Rights bill ‘deeply flawed’

Opposition MPs say the government bill doesn’t take into account the resources necessary to support Bill S-2’s implementation.


  
Tory MP Clarke’s private member’s bill to repeal sections of Indian Act could have unintended consequences, say critics

Under An Act to Amend Indian Act (Publication of Bylaws), bylaws, wills, and estates will no longer need approval from the Aboriginal Affairs minister, but the Canadian Bar Association says Sec. 7 of the bill will likely result in ‘many harsh, unintended consequences’ for First Nations peoples.


  
Flaherty’s slimmed-down budget bill ‘less omnibusive,’ say opposition MPs

But Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says she expects the government will table a second budget implementation bill in the fall.


  
Budget bill gives Harper Cabinet new powers over CBC

The federal government’s latest budget bill would give Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Cabinet the power to dictate collective bargaining and terms for other salaries and working conditions at the CBC and three other cultural or scientific Crown corporations.


  
PM says Federal Court ruling on PBO was ‘against partisan action of former budget officer,’ but current PBO picks up Page’s battle

Federal Court Justice Sean Harrington strongly upheld right of PBO to take the government to court if it refuses to release requested information.


  
Opposition MPs say feds must table robocalls legislation ‘well before’ next election

The government retreated from tabling legislation to stop dirty robocalls in elections, but says it will take the time necessary to get it right.


  
Transport Committee reports Rail Transport Bill back to House, stakeholders unhappy with changes

‘It’s fair to say that neither side is totally happy with the bill,’ says Conservative MP Larry Miller.


  
Economy, energy, First Nations, robocalls, Labrador byelection expected to dominate House

The government will be focused on passing the budget and on its $282.6-billion spending plans for the fiscal year.


  
Federal Court could take another six months to decide on PBO

Interim PBO, Parliamentary Librarian Sonia L’Heureux, says she will wait for Federal Court decision, ‘before deciding whether any further action is required.’


  
First Nations Transparency Act passes, opposition critics call it ‘paternalistic’

But Grit MP Carolyn Bennett says she thinks Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt is making an effort to reset First Nations-Crown relationship.


  
Opposition MPs concerned House committee probe into missing, murdered aboriginal women could be too politicized

NWAC says 600 aboriginal girls and women have been murdered or have gone missing since the 1960s.


  
Parliamentary Calendar
Sunday, May 24, 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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