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Status of Government Business

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.

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.

Toews' office contradicts RCMP on when it received potentially embarrassing report on long-gun registry

RCMP says Public Safety Minister Vic Toews received Commissioner's report on long-gun registry Dec. 16. Mr. Toews' office says it wasn't until Dec. 20. The government tabled it in the House in mid-January.


Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Remembering Devon Jacobs Aug. 19, 2014

The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright

Devon Jacobs, right, with Monte Solberg and Jim Armour at the 2012 Manning Networking Conference.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Devon Jacobs with Liberal MP Scott Simms.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Devon Jacobs with former colleague Jim Patrick, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Liberal MP Mauril Belanger at the 2013 all-party party.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Devon Jacobs, centre, with Conservative MPs (from left) Susan Truppe, Colin Carrie, Ted Opitz, Lynne Yelich and Eve Adams.