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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

  
House moves on restricting political loans bill, Liberals resisted legislation for last year

Bill will further tighten rules on political loans and calls for more transparency, but opposition parties want PM to release his own 2004 leadership contributors’ list.


  
MPs concerned about ensuring ‘communities of interest’ in redrawing riding boundaries

Ridings can vary 25 per cent below or above the average population. Incumbent MPs are making their cases.


  
House as ‘boisterous as when we left it’: MPs

MPs returned last week to Ottawa after a nearly three-month break. But their political, partisan games continue, on both sides of the House.


  
Conservatives say second budget bill a priority, MPs say there could be another House showdown

MPs say economy, energy, foreign policy, immigration, robocalls, crime, and F-35s to be top issues in House.


  
Tories will pay political price if another omnibus budget bill introduced this fall, say opposition parties

  
House rules should be changed to prevent 'frivolous' report stage amendments, says former House leader

Restricting amendments at report stage undemocratic, rubber stamp for committees: May


  
Conflict of Interest Act's five-year review past deadline, opposition MPs frustrated with 'toothless' bill

Ethics Commissioner's 'biggest challenge' to administering Conflict of Interest Act is when it comes to dealing with gifts or other advantages given to public office holders.


  
Parliament passes new copyright law; Geist says feds caved to U.S. on digital locks

‘This was by far the U.S.’s biggest issue,’ says University of Ottawa copyright expert Michael Geist.


  
Conservative-dominated Senate pushes through three contentious bills, PMO says PM will not prorogue Parliament this fall

The majority-governing Conservatives are planning to push three of their most controversial major bills through the Senate by Friday, fuelling speculation that Prime Minister Stephen Harper intends to prorogue Parliament this fall to set out an ambitious new agenda for the period leading up to the next federal election in the fall of 2015.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, February 2, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Book of Negroes screening on Parliament Hill Jan. 27, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Copies of Lawrence Hill's book, Book of Negroes.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative MP Joyce Bateman, Lawrence Hill and Conservative MP Susan Truppe.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative MP Joyce Bateman, Lawrence Hill and Conservative MP Susan Truppe.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative MP Joyce Bateman, Lawrence Hill and Conservative MP Susan Truppe.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative MPs Ray Boughen, Rob Clarke, John Barlow and Chris Warkentin.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Heather Bradley and Aunjanue Ellis
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Heather Bradley and Aunjanue Ellis
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Aunjanue Ellis, star of Book of Negroes.

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