Sunday, March 1, 2015
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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Gun owners want all aspects of the 1995 law repealed, say opposition MPs.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.

Feds to focus on budget, economy, massive cuts, foreign policy, as House resumes sitting

But opposition parties say they expect the majority governing Conservatives to bring down the hammer on bills and debates, again.

Feds likely to fight Quebec's appeal to courts to save long-gun registry records

'I cannot comment on any specific matter that may be before the courts, however we will not support the creation of a backdoor long-gun registry,' says Michael Patton, communications director for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews.

Week Ahead in Parliament

Status of government business

Tories call House session ‘very productive,’ opposition parties say feds ‘abusing their majority’

Government House Leader Peter Van Loan says the government has a clear set of priorities and is focused delivering results.

Tory government using 'authoritarian tactics' to push through Wheat Board, long-gun registry bills, says Mendes

'With the Wheat Board it’s farmers. With their Reform Party roots you would think they were in favour of going back to the grassroots to seek their opinions, but suddenly with a majority government all that has disappeared,' says University of Ottawa professor Errol Mendes.

RCMP confirms records of make, model and serial numbers of guns sold no longer required when long-gun registry is dismantled

This contradicts what prominent anti-registry spokesmen and the government were saying as late as this week.


Parliamentary Calendar
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Hill media, staffers send off PMO's Jason MacDonald at the Métropolitain Brasserie's bar Feb. 20, 2015

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Bloomberg's Theo Argitis and PMO chief of staff Ray Novak.
The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
The PMO's outgoing Director of Communications Jason MacDonald.
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PMO executive assistant Stephen Staley, PMO special assistant Myles Atwood, and Tory Party national campaign manager Jenni Byrne.
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PMO deputy chief of staff Howard Anglin and Postmedia's Stephen Maher.
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The Ottawa Citizen's Jason Fekete with the man of the hour, Jason MacDonald.
The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
The Toronto Star's Tonda MacCharles.
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CBC's Chris Hall and Melissa Lantsman, Finance Minister Joe Oliver's director of communications.
The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
Michael White, Finance Minister Joe Oliver's policy director.