Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
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Week Ahead in Parliament

Status of Government Business

Restraint budget invests in First Nations, but critics say it’s not enough

Critics say last week’s budget falls short of the necessary funds needed to seriously address education and health issues for Canada’s aboriginal peoples.

Week Ahead in Parliament

Status of government business

Feds roll out budget, Cabinet ministers to sell ‘austerity’ measures

They’re on: Cabinet ministers set to sell the ‘quintessential political document of every government.’

Opposition parties vow to continue fight against sweeping new omnibus crime law

Ainsley Muller of Express Pardons Canada says the feds’ crackdown on pardons on certain offences ‘doesn’t make any sense.’

Week Ahead in Parliament

Status of Government Business

MPs keep close eye on electoral boundary commissions process, don’t want gerrymandering

NDP House Leader Joe Comartin says party’s closely monitoring electoral redistribution process in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Conservatives’ controversial internet surveillance bill C-30 could be ‘a long time in purgatory’

Massive public backlash against Bill C-30 forces Tories to backtrack, but opposition MPs say police require it to modernize their fight against organized crime. They just want the bill amended.

Tories to send Bill C-30 to House Public Safety Committee

The government will send its controversial internet surveillance bill to a Commons committee that includes one of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s most trusted troubleshooting MPs soon after Parliament reconvenes and MPs return Monday from this week’s recess.

Human rights lawyer warns feds’ internet surveillance bill could lead to massive internet sweep

Paul Champ says the government’s new counter-terrorism strategy means protesters and activists could be put under wider surveillance through the provisions of Bill C-30.

Toews says short-lived Vikileaks an attempt to 'anonymously degrade' him

But NDP MP Joe Comartin says the Conservatives are trying to portray Public Safety Minister Vic Toews as a victim to deflect attention away from Bill C-30.

Week Ahead in Parliament

Status of Government business

MPs warn democracy will ‘unravel over time,’ want to change Commons rules

MPs want to limit the government’s power to use time allocation, and closed-door Commons committee meetings, and want to breathe new life into the rules of the game.

'Gun lobby is not going to stop,' says NDP MP Charlie Angus

Gun owners want all aspects of the 1995 law repealed, say opposition MPs.

Conservative government will 'probably set record' for uses of time allocation on debate in House: Franks

Government House Leader Peter Van Loan says opposition parties want to delay legislation they oppose with amendment procedures and other motions. He argues that without time limits, Parliament would be locked in U.S.-style legislative 'gridlock.'

House can change Standing Orders to make it more democratic, now

The NDP is pushing to limit the government’s control over time allocation and in-camera House of Commons committees.


Parliamentary Calendar
Friday, September 19, 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.