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Complainant behind successful UN complaint about Indian Act expects decision to be brushed aside

Sen. Lillian Dyck says the Upper Chamber will apply pressure to ensure the Liberals keep their promise to remove sex discrimination from the Indian Act.
Feature|By Charelle Evelyn
As Centre Block shuts its doors for its first major renovation in a century, MPs give their wish list for the new-old building.
‘Either [Justin Trudeau] means what he says but none of his ministers have the confidence to fulfil it, or he really is just about broken promises,’ says Prof. Pam Palmater.
She says people from her province, B.C., pushed her to become more independent, leaving the Grit group with nine members.
The 2019-20 main spending estimates for the House clock in at $503-million, including funds for administration staff raises and a new constituency office computer project.
Talk of marking the Government Conference Centre kitchen where three attorneys general hashed out a constitutional compromise doesn't 'bring back good memories,’ says Quebec Sen. Dennis Dawson.
Satellite phones, longer hotel stays, and money for meals were among the policy changes approved by the House Board of Internal Economy last month.
Plus, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen continues to talk up newcomer supports in Western Canada.
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Independent Senators says they’re trying to ’accelerate the process’ and build consensus with the Conservatives over external committee membership.
A ‘critical design deficiency’ affecting sound is responsible for the six-sitting-day delay in Chamber work in the new Senate of Canada Building in 2019.
They accuse the Independent Senators Group of not following meeting rules, but the ISG says the Conservatives are attempting to delay the ‘politically sensitive’ bill, C-69.
Conservative and Liberal staffers say they're overworked, underpaid, and some constituency office staffers say they don't feel their work is valued or adequately appreciated by MPs
The Joint Interparliamentary Council approved a new process to step in when parliamentary associations lose confidence in their leaders.
After negotiations, the ISG, which has 53 per cent of members in the Senate, has about half of the Chamber’s committee seats.
Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould says that restoring expat voting rights is the ‘right thing to do.’
The innovation and heritage ministers have been ‘open’ since the beginning on what was coming this year, says a rep for Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains.
Ditch MP petition ‘sponsorship,’ and allow for more flexible timelines, PROC recommends.
The proposed changes are tucked into the government’s omnibus budget implementation bill, and they may not be ‘benign,’ says Liberal MP John McKay.
Up to $7,500 will be made available next year to those whose parliamentary duties and travel schedules put extra pressure on their annual allowance.
The Upper Chamber has signed a $69,800 contract with ADR Education to deliver training sessions and advise on a revised harassment policy.
'I’ve never seen anything like it, where an incident takes place and no one is talking about it,' said Conservative Sen. David Tkachuk of a vehicle collision with pedestrians in August just west of the Hill.
The issue had been 'studied at length' for months and it's time for action, says Conservative Sen. Housakos, while Independent Sen. Yuen Pau Woo says the committee working on it is moving at the right pace.
Among the most lobbied Senators since September are C-69 sponsor Grant Mitchell and Energy Committee chair Rosa Galvez.
Bill C-65 received royal assent on Oct. 25, but education to prevent workplace harassment remains a key focus, says Sen. Nancy Hartling.
The government ought to signal its plan to tackle lacklustre Canadian competitiveness in the fall economic statement, say industry reps.
The official opposition Conservatives say there are still too many loopholes left in elections laws for them to support C-76.
Time has run out for legislation to set up the promised independent commissioner to run leaders’ debates, says Karina Gould, who will rely on recommendations made by a House committee in the spring.
The government has proposed more than 60 changes to Bill C-76, which NDP critic Nathan Cullen says points to a ‘flawed’ bill. There are a whopping 340 suggested changes altogether, to be debated next week.
Twenty-seven MPs and cabinet ministers had moved into new offices in the Wellington, Justice, and Confederation buildings by Oct. 1, according to House staff.
Partisan political involvement is ‘not part of our brand,’ says ISG deputy facilitator Raymonde Saint-Germain after the Red Chamber’s biggest group approved its governing document.
At 47 members, the Independent Senators Group comprises nearly 49 per cent of the Red Chamber, and is looking to have its numbers reflected in committee membership.

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