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Budget bills showdown to begin on Hill, more drama

As MPs prepare to battle over Paul Martin's two budget bills, NDP's Judy Wasylycia-Leis says the House should order the House Finance Committee to speed bills along if Bloc and Tories use delaying tactics.


  
Senators pass a code of conduct, 'warts' and all

Ethics Officer says code has 'limitations' but he can live with them for now


  
Proposed Senate ethics regime a 'joke'

Critics blast code for putting Ethics Officer under control of a committee


  
Budget bill blasted for retroactive measures

Former Trudeau-era minister Marc Lalonde says bill sets a 'very bad precedent'


  
Liberal government death watch

Can Paul Martin's government avoid a spring non-confidence vote? The Conservatives say they can't


  
Tories to take procedural war up a notch

'We intend to have as many rounds in the Chamber': Conservative Jay Hill


  
House poised for divisive Hepatitis C vote

Libs punish Conservatives for moving motion, get a Wednesday supply day


  
Tories poised to filibuster controversial same-sex bill

  
Tories start up caucus to battle 'crystal meth'

MPs pushing to give RCMP power to control and monitor sales of potent drug


  
Alcock told to take whistleblower bill back

All-party committee urges Reg Alcock to put whistleblower bill under an independent agency


  
Commons committees budget doubles, soars to $5-million

  
Whistleblower bill a 'poison pill,' says NDP MP Pat Martin

MPs say it will take weeks to rehaul bill to protect public servants, some say bill is dead


  
Conservatives to line up en masse to debate same-sex bill

Second reading debate of Justice Minister's Civil Marriage Bill expected to drag on


  
Government shuts down its democratic reform website

PCO site was part of Prime Minister Paul Martin's agenda to fix so-called democratic deficit


  
Controversial Anti-Terrorism Act faces tough review

'Our agenda is to dramatically alter the bill, if not get rid of it completely': NDP's Comartin


  
House committees to get more cash, power

Board of Internal Economy reviews request to boost $2.25-million House committee budget


  
Martin loses his first vote in the House

'It was very symbolic,' says NDP House Leader Libby Davies


  
Marriage debate back at top of House agenda

Rookie Tory MP Rob Moore's marriage bill up for first wave of members' bills


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, March 30, 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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