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NDP, Libs, Green table more than 1,200 amendments to feds’ omnibus budget bill

But when the Finance Committee’s report on Bill C-38 comes up for debate this week, the opposition parties won’t have a united front to kill the bill.

Week Ahead in Parliament

Status of Government Business

Grits, Green to table 200 amendments on feds’ omnibus budget bill, expect 60 hours of House roll call votes

The government’s sweeping Budget Implementation Act will change 70 laws, but opposition MPs plan to fight it.

Next four weeks of House session ‘challenging’ say feds

The government’s priorities will be to pass the Budget Implementation Bill, the Immigration and Refugee Reform Bill, the Pooled Registered Pension Plans Bill, the Canada-Jordan Free Trade Agreement, and the Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement.

Week Ahead in Parliament

Status of Government Business

House set to pass controversial Copyright Bill next week, after 10,000 consultations

But opposition MPs say feds listened to business, not creative interests, and that if Senate doesn’t amend the bill, it could be open to court challenges.

Week Ahead in Parliament

Status of Government Business

Tories, Liberals slam NDP’s budget bill ‘circus act’

The NDP flew solo last week in an effort to force the feds to split up the bill. NDP House Leader Nathan Cullen says his party has no obligation to consult other parties.

Feds to repeal Kyoto Act in budget bill, critics slam move

But Environment Minister Peter Kent says the government is moving beyond Kyoto Protocol.

Week Ahead in Parliament

Budget bill gives Cabinet veto in pipeline, oil sands projects, say critics

Green Leader Elizabeth May argues the NEB has always had the capacity to overrule findings by any of the review panels it establishes for projects such as the Northern Gateway, but the Budget Implementation Bill will assure investors that regardless of what happens, the Harper government will have the power to override any decision.

Feds set Canada back 50 years on environment regulations:critics

But government says ‘responsible resource development is a cornerstone’ of the budget.

Feds to focus on economy, opposition parties hunker down on F-35s

The government will move on the budget implementation bill and on trade and copyright bills.

F-35 scandal ‘a key point’ in history of this government

And how the next chapter is written could be crucial to determining its long-term fate, says Tory pundit Tim Powers.

Week Ahead in Parliament

Status of Government Business

NDP MP Julian speaks for nearly 12 hours on budget motion, feds to bring in budget bill when House returns

The government’s budget motion, which lays out how it will spend $255-billion this year, gets a filibuster in the Commons.


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Sunday, September 21, 2014
Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.