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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.


  
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.


  
Week Ahead in Parliament

  
Status of government business

  
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.


  
Attawapiskat doc filmmaker says Duncan must have known earlier, she asked him for an interview last year

Angela O’Leary also criticized Duncan’s scrutiny of $92-million over five years when for two-day G8 summit, the government spent $50-million.


  
Week Ahead in Parliament

  
Status of government business

  
Conservative MPs 'hypocritical' if they attend commemorations of the 1989 Montreal massacre after helping to eliminate the long-gun registry, says Rathjen

Conservative MP John Williamson said all politicians have the right to attend commemorative events for the shootings.


  
Tories will have 'blood on their hands,' if long-gun registry is eliminated, says survivor of 1989 Montreal massacre

Heidi Rathjen told The Hill Times that the loss of a registry of seven million rifles and shotguns is being made worse by a clause in Bill C-19 that removes current mandatory requirements for gun buyers and sellers to report firearms acquisitions and sales or even transfers from one individual to another.


  
New House seats bill fails to address urban-rural riding divide, say experts

Riding boundary commissions can adjust ridings within 25 per cent above or below the average population in the province, but experts say it should be changed to five to 10 per cent.


  
The Week Ahead in Parliament

  
Status of government business

  
Former Mountie says gun owners fear future government will use long-gun registry records to confiscate privately-owned guns

In the final round of witness hearings for Bill C-19, women’s groups against violence squared off with Conservative MPs, gun owners, hunters and the most prominent university expert who has fought against the registry since its inception, each side battling with conflicting statistics to make their case.


  
Bill to eliminate long-gun registry will also make records of rifle and shotgun sales or transfers no longer mandatory

Registrar of Firearms must not 'retain any record' of inquiries into licence confirmation under Bill C-19, even though the law requires that sellers ensure buyers have valid gun ownership licenses. This could prevent anyone from being prosecuted under the Firearms Act. 'It's crazy,' says NDP MP Joe Comartin.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko came to Parliament Hill: Sept. 17, 2014 Sept. 22, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, pictured on Sept. 17, mingling with the crowd on Parliament Hill after addressed a joint session of Parliament in the House of Commons.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, pictured on Sept. 17, 2014, waiting on Parliament Hill for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to arrive.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Lynne Yelich, minister of state for foreign affairs and consular affairs.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Wladyslaw Lizon, who represents Mississauga East-Cooksville, Ont., pictured on the Hill.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Ted Opitz, who represents Etobicoke Centre, Ont.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko walking down the red carpet.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, standing by as Mr. Poroshenko is honoured with a 21-gun salute.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko reviews the military guard.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko reviewing the military guard on Parliament Hill shortly after arriving on Sept. 17, 2014.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko reviewing the military guard before going inside to address the joint Parliament in the House of Commons.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signs the House and Senate visitors' book while House Sgt.-At-Arms Kevin Vickers, Acting House Clerk Marc Bosc, House Speaker Andrew Scheer, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Senate Speaker Noel Kinsella stand by and watch.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Stephen Harper shake hands in the Commons Rotunda.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Supporters of Ukraine outside on the front steps of Parliament Hill, pictured Sept. 17, 2014.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

A woman, wearing sunflowers in her hair, stands on Parliament Hill holding a sign that reads, 'Democracy for Ukraine.'

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

More supporters, pictured Sept. 17, 2014.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

A young woman wearing the very colourful Ukrainian traditional dress.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Another young woman wearing Ukrainian traditional dress.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Embassy News photographer Sam Garcia.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative Senator Raynell Andreychuk, Employment Minister Jason Kenney, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, pictured on Sept. 17 on Parliament Hill.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko shakes a little girl's hand after she gave him flowers.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks to the crowd of supporters on Parliament Hill after addressing a joint session of Parliament in the House of Commons.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, surrounded by his security detail, steps down to join the front steps to get closer to the supporters on Parliament Hill.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko greets the crowd.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the crowd of well-wishers and supporters.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko shakes another hand.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Earnscliffe Strategy Group's Yaroslav Baran.

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