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.
But Government House Leader Peter Van Loan says the Conservatives are allowing for more debate, not less.
Meanwhile, Parliamentary democracy is ‘sick,’ ‘tattered’ and needs help, say opposition MPs.
Democratic Reform Minister of State Pierre Poilievre has no comment on Elections Canada’s new high-powered advisory board to clean up elections.
The House Affairs Committee met last Sunday on the Hill to reaffirm its commitment to modernize or scrap secretive Commons management board.
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.
The government would need unanimous consent to adjourn the House early and the NDP says it won’t give its consent.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he skeptical of inquiries ‘run way over time, way over budget, recommendations prove to be of limited utility.’
Opposition MPs say the government bill doesn’t take into account the resources necessary to support Bill S-2’s implementation.
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.
But Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says she expects the government will table a second budget implementation bill in the fall.
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.
Federal Court Justice Sean Harrington strongly upheld right of PBO to take the government to court if it refuses to release requested information.
The government retreated from tabling legislation to stop dirty robocalls in elections, but says it will take the time necessary to get it right.
‘It’s fair to say that neither side is totally happy with the bill,’ says Conservative MP Larry Miller.
The government will be focused on passing the budget and on its $282.6-billion spending plans for the fiscal year.
Interim PBO, Parliamentary Librarian Sonia L’Heureux, says she will wait for Federal Court decision, ‘before deciding whether any further action is required.’
But Grit MP Carolyn Bennett says she thinks Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt is making an effort to reset First Nations-Crown relationship.
NWAC says 600 aboriginal girls and women have been murdered or have gone missing since the 1960s.
At 9:52 a.m., the first calls came in of shots fired at the National War Memorial. Five people tried to save Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's life who was standing guard at the National War Memorial. He later died of gunshot wounds.
The people who tried save Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's life were later identified as Margaret Lerhe, a nurse on her way to work at the Elizabeth Bruyere Hospital; another corporal, a soldier, National Defence employee and former Naval officer Martin Magnan; and lawyer Barbara Winters who told Cpl. Cirillo that his family loved him while he lay dying.
People running from Parliament Hill shortly after the gunfight in Centre Block where gunman Michael Zihaf-Bibeau was shot dead by House Sgt.-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, House security officers, and the RCMP.
Police pictured at the corner of Metcalfe and Slater streets in Ottawa later in the day on Oct. 22.
Liberal Sen. Jim Munson in a lockdown in Room 257 East Block doing a media interview.
NDP MPs, staffers, and others locked down in Room 257 East Block, watching the events unfold on one small laptop.
NDP MP Wayne Marston, pictured shortly after running from Parliament Hill.
More police officers on Metcalfe Street, just down the street from Parliament Hill.
Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott does a media interview on Metcalfe Street.
A tourist who witnessed the shooting talks to police shortly after Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was shot.
Police on Sparks Street outside The Hill Times' office.
NDP MPs Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdiere, and NDP MP Charlie Angus, pictured shortly after the shooting on the Hill and the National War Memorial.
Journalists and others leaving Parliament Hill, shortly after the shooting.
CTV Hill reporter Richard Madan and CBC Radio reporter Susan Lunn.
NDP MP Charlie Angus does an interview on Metcalfe Street later in the afternoon.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, pictured that evening, addressing the nation about the shocking killing of a soldier killed at the National War Memorial and later the killing of the man in a gunfight in Centre Block.
The next day in the Hot Room, the Parliamentary Press Gallery. Gallery clerks Collin Lafrance and Normand Gagnon.
Flowers the next morning, Oct. 23, at the National War Memorial.
People bring flowers to the War Memorial the day after, Oct. 23.
A woman bringing flowers is escorted by police to the National War Memorial on Oct. 23.
People pay their respects at the National War Memorial on Oct. 23.
Conservative MPs Mark Warawa and Scott Reid return to the Hill the day after the shootings.
Conservative MP James Bezan, parliamentary secretary to the minister of national defence, is interviewed the following day, Oct. 23.
An RCMP officer stands guard on Parliament Hill on Oct. 23.
Police pictured outside the Chateau Laurier Hotel the following day, Oct. 23.
Justice Minister Peter MacKay, pictured in the Commons foyer on Oct. 23, taking questions from reporters.
Minister of State for Small Business Maxime Bernier, being scrummed on Oct. 23.
Parliamentary Press Gallery clerk Normand Gagnon, pictured on Oct. 23.
House Sgt.-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, pictured on Oct. 23 in the Speaker's Parade. Mr. Vickers is being credited as the one whose bullets killed gunman Michael Zihaf-Bibeau who stormed the Centre Block with a hunting rifle.
NDP MP Paul Dewar, pictured, and many other MPs, visited the National War Memorial the following day, Oct. 23.
Just outside the Library of Parliament, where Michael Zihaf-Bibeau was finally shot and killed after a gunfight in Centre Block.
Former Reform Party leader Preston Manning was on Parliament Hill on Oct. 23, the day after the shooting.
The Wire Report reporter Peter Henderson, pictured on Oct. 23, doing an interview with CNN. He had been locking up his bike on Sparks Street on the morning of the shooting at the National War Memorial and was one of the first reporters on the scene.