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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.


  
PM should sanction MPs who break Conflict Act, says ethics expert

Monetary fines trivialize the Conflict of Interest Act, Greg Levine tells House committee conducting five-year statutory review.


  
40 per cent of Canadians want a reformed Senate, 31 per cent want it abolished: Forum Research poll

'While the appetite for Senate reform is not overwhelming, it exceeds the interest in abolition, so we may have the Red Chamber to kick around for a while longer,' Forum Research president Lorne Bozinoff told The Hill Times.


  
Tories' Senate reform reference to Supreme Court will divide country, says constitutional law professor

'Our government believes that the Senate must change in order to reach its full potential as a democratic institution serving Canadians,' says Democratic Reform Minister of State Tim Uppal.


  
Aboriginal issues, economy, Mali, F-35s to capture House attention

The feds are expected to clear the legislative deck for the next budget.


  
Long-gun firearms sales 'open to abuse,' says Ontario's Chief Firearms Officer

'We had a really good system beforehand, a means of checking that unlicensed persons or criminals weren’t legally acquiring firearms. Now we have something close to what they have in the States,' says Chris Wyatt.


  
House Speaker urges MPs to come back to a more cooperative Commons

Government House Leader Peter Van Loan, who caused recent House dust-up, says Tories ‘got a lot of work done.’


  
First Nations vow to rise up against feds’ lack of consultation on budget bill

First Nations say this is just the beginning and are organizing across the country to make their voices heard.


  
MPs go into ‘10K run’ on House votes this week

House to vote on 47 grouped votes on Bill C-45, Second Budget Implementation Bill, it’s expected to take eight to 10 hours.


  
Feds open to amending Political Loan Accountability Act, Elections Canada calls bill ‘flawed’

Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand says Bill C-21 is ‘an overly complex regime that will be very difficult to apply for political entities and their supporters.’


  
MPs get only a few hours to review massive omnibus budget implementation bill, call it a ‘farce’

House committees will have to report back amendments by Nov. 20.


  
Privacy commissioner concerned about feds’ First Nations Accountability Bill

Jennifer Stoddart says Bill C-27 privacy issue is not lawfulness, but one of principle.


  
Canadian majority opposes omnibus legislation: Forum Research poll

The Forum Research poll, conducted last weekend after Finance Minister Jim Flaherty tabled a second massive budget implementation bill, found 64 per cent of respondents opposed bundling several unrelated bills into one, which also failed to get support from a majority who ranked the Conservative Party as their current voter preference.


  
Opposition MPs claim partial victory in forcing federal government to back down on omnibus budget implementation bill

Second massive omnibus bill to be studied in 11 House committees, but NDP and Grits doubt they’ll be allowed to amend bill.


  
A ‘sleeper’ in Senate, food safety bill expected to heat up in Commons

Bill S-11, Food Safety Act, is considered hugely important for the food industry, especially since there was the largest beef recall last month in Canadian history.


  
Feds say Bill C-27 will bring accountability to First Nations, but critics call it paternalistic, redundant

  

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Thursday, March 5, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK hosts intimate preview of next week's Taste of the Arctic event March 2, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by John Major
ITK project coordinator Looee Okalik, using an 'ulu' or 'woman's knife' to cut off a portion of 'Nikku' or dried caribou.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
NAC Le Café's executive chef John Morris explaining his take on traditional Inuit menu items.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Elisapee Sheutiapik, also former mayor of Iqaluit, with ITK health and social development assistant director Anna Fowler.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Ron Lowry, Ms. Sheutiapik, ITK's Looee Okalik, iPolitics' Elizabeth Gray-Smith, ITK's Anna Fowler, The Hill Times' Rachel Aiello, First Air's Bert van der Stege, and ITK's Kathleen Tagoona.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
After the tasting, Chef John Morris joined the guests for the mini-feast of traditional Inuit foods.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
Chef John Morris spoons some jus on Ottawa Citizen food editor Peter Hum's plate.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Ron Lowry and Bert van der Stege; and ITK President Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
ITK president Terry Audla digging in to the frozen Arctic char or 'Iqaluk' meat from the Rankin Inlet.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Ron Lowry adding a bit of seal fur to his suit.

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