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Prime Minister calls session ‘legislatively productive,’ opposition parties call it ‘a full frontal attack on democracy’

Everything you ever wanted to know about Bill C-38, but were afraid to ask.


  
Opposition MPs say marathon House filibuster was worth it

After 156 roll call votes and 23-and-a-half hours of straight voting, opposition MPs say they made their point on budget bill.


  
Tories treating Parliament with contempt, 'playing games to avoid scrutiny,' says Queen's professor Franks

Opposition's 1,000 amendments 'pure posturing,' says Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, before preparing for a marathon voting session in the House of Commons.


  
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.


  
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.


  
Week Ahead in Parliament

  
Status of Government Business

  
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.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, March 31, 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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