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NEWS > LEGISLATION
House ailing, level of debate worse than high school: experts

  
Feds to push ahead on anti-terrorism, budget bills

  
Don’t rush new CSIS bill, needs more oversight, say opposition MPs

  
Conservatives to prioritize, negotiate internally to set pre-writ legislative priorities

  
House Finance pre-budget hearings busier, but experts say budget already being written

  
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.


  
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.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
A preview of Parliamentary precinct renos March 30, 2015

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An artist's rendering of what the outside of the Sir John A. Macdonald building will look like when construction is complete. A new addition has been built, connected to the main heritage space by a glass atrium. Public Works says work wraps up this month, aside from a few finishing touches.
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A cut-away view at the glass-walled atrium that will connect the historic Sir John A. Macdonald building space, formerly the Old Bank of Montreal building, to its annex addition.
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An artist's rendering of the interior of the Sir John A. Macdonald building's historic space, which used to house bank tellers and will soon host special Parliamentary events.
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A look at the multi-purpose room space that will be located in the new addition to the Sir John A. Macdonald building.
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A digital overhead shot of the West Block as it will look after construction. The building’s courtyard is topped by a glass-domed roof.
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The temporary House Chamber will be in an infill inside West Block’s courtyard, but MPs will be able to access the space without stepping outside, as the entire courtyard will be topped with a glass-domed roof.
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An artist’s rendering of the inside of the temporary House Chamber to be located in West Block’s courtyard.
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A rendering of a lobby area to be located near the West Block’s temporary House Chamber.
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The House of Commons is set to add 30 new MPs after this year's election, meaning 30 new seats are needed in the Chamber. Pictured is a prototype of the new seating arrangement, which will be installed in the current Chamber after this year's election. West Block's temporary House Chamber will accommodate all 338 MPs.
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A prototype of the new seating arrangement was set up in the House Chamber last year for some MPs to test out. Having theatre-style seats in the back two rows of the Chamber will allow 30 more MPs to sit in the current House Chamber.
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A blueprint of plans for the West Block, including the temporary House Chamber, which will be converted to committee space when renovations to Centre Block are complete. Workers have to dig down about two storeys to build up a foundation to support this new addition.
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West Block will have fully renovated committee rooms once complete, similar in appearance to this rendering.
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A view of part of the Wellington Building’s lobby, set to include a green wall.
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An artist’s drawing of a common space to be located in the Wellington Building.
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An example of what the Wellington Building’s committee rooms will look like, of which there will be 10 total.

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