In the House Today
Members are set to debate a Liberal opposition day motion on the Temporary Foreign Workers Program which calls for a special committee to look into the use of the program and to make recommendations to strengthen it.
Opposition Day Motion (Temporary Foreign Workers Program)
Full Text of Motion: That the House recognize that the use of temporary foreign workers to replace Canadian workers in jobs Canadians are qualified and able to do is an abuse of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, and that it is the government's responsibility to ensure that this program is not abused in a way which threatens the wellbeing of Canadian workers and the Canadian economy; that a special committee be appointed, with a mandate to conduct hearings on this critical issue, to hear from Canadians affected by this practice, and to propose solutions to strengthen the rules around the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to prevent abuse; that the committee consist of 12 members which shall include seven members from the government party, four members from the Official Opposition and one member from the Liberal Party, provided that the Chair is from the government party; that in addition to the Chair, there be one Vice-Chair from each of the opposition parties; that the committee have all of the powers of a Standing Committee as provided in the Standing Orders, as well as the power to travel, accompanied by the necessary staff, inside and outside of Canada, subject to the usual authorization from the House; that the members to serve on the said committee be appointed by the Whip of each party depositing with the Clerk of the House a list of his or her party’s members of the committee no later than April 26, 2013; that the quorum of the special committee be seven members for any proceedings, provided that at least a member of the opposition and of the government party be present; that membership substitutions be permitted to be made from time to time, if required, in the manner provided for in Standing Order 114(2); and that the committee report its recommendations to the House no later than June 19, 2013.
Private Members' Business
Debate at second reading will begin on NDP MP Charmaine Borg’s bill (C-475) on the protection of personal information laws, seeking to better adapt them to the digital age.
Bill Status & Details (C-475)
An Act to amend the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (order-making power)
The bill seeks to amend the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act in order to create strong notification mechanisms for data breaches, provide Canada's Privacy Commissioner the power to make compliance orders and give the Federal Court powers to impose fines to ensure organizations comply with the law.
Status: Introduced on February 26, 2013.
Sponsor: Charmaine Borg (MP for Terrebonne-Blainville)
vote on the NDP opposition day motion debated Monday April 15 on “tax hikes” in Budget 2013
House of Commons Committees
- Aboriginal Affairs committee members will hear from the Chairman of the First Nations Financial Management Board as part of hearings into the Indian Act Amendment and Replacement Act (C-428).
- Citizenship and Immigration will continue hearings on a bill that proposes to fast-track citizenship for military service and to strip Canadian citizenship from a person who engages in an act of war against the Canadian Armed Forces (C-425). Among those scheduled to appear are: representatives of the Air India 182 Victims Families Association, Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, the Centre for Immigration Policy Reform, and Canadian Coalition Against Terror. Law professors from the University of British Columbia and U of T will also provide testimony.
- Representatives of Nature Canada, Wildlife Habitat Canada and the David Suzuki Foundation have been invited to appear before the Environment committee as part of the study on habitat conservation in Canada.
- Finance committee members will begin a study on income inequality as called for in Liberal MP Scott Brison's private members' motion, which passed last year. Witnesses at this first meeting include: Canada 2020, C.D. Howe Institute, First Nations Tax Commission, TD Bank Financial Group, Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Fraser Institute, and the Montreal Economic Institute.
- Public Safety and National Security committee members are set to continue the study on the economics of policing and will hear from a senior Government of Saskatchewan justice official, and representatives of the OPP and Toronto Police Service.
- Brewers Association of Canada President Luke Harford is expected to appear before the Agriculture committee to discuss the study into the agricultural and agri-food products supply chain (beverage sector).
- Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the Organization of American States (OAS), Allan Culham will appear before members of the Foreign Affairs committee to discuss the OAS and Canada's Engagement in the Americas.
- The study on Employment Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities resumes at the Human Resources committee with expected testimony from members of the Panel on Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, the Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society and several organizations which assist disabled individuals.
- Government Operations committee members will meet to continue discussions on energy efficiency in government buildings, structures and public works.
- Elections Canada officials and six Conservative MPs from Saskatchewan at the Procedure and House Affairs committee to discuss the Report of the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Saskatchewan 2012.
- Over at Status of Women, testimony is exptected from the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women and Children as part of the ongoing study on Sexual Harassment in the Federal Workplace.
- The human rights situation in Honduras will once again be the topic of discussion by members of the Subcommittee on International Human Rights.
- Health committee members will meet to continue the study on technological innovation.
- Commissioner of Official Languages Graham Fraser is slated to testify before members of the Official Languages committee regarding Bill C-419 which would require persons appointed as officers of Parliament to be bilingual, before the committee proceeds to clause by clause consideration of the bill.
- Auditor General Michael Ferguson and officials from several government departments and agencies are set to appear before the Public Accounts committee on Chapter 2 of the Auditor General's Fall 2012 report on Grant and Contribution Program Reforms.
- Minister Joe Oliver and senior department officials will field questions at the Natural Resources committee on the department's Main Estimates for 2013-14.
- Officials will be on hand to answer technical questions as the Transport committee begins clause by clause consideration of Bill C-52, Fair Rail Freight Service Act.
- Treasury Board officials will brief Senators on the National Finance committee on the expenditures set out in the Main Estimates for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014
- Nova Scotia Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage will join representatives of CPAWS and the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) at the Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources committee where deliberations on Bill S-15 – seeking to protect Sable Island National Parks Reserve under the Canada National Parks Act – will begin.
- Senators on the Agriculture and Forestry committee will meet with representatives of Alberta Pork and Manitoba Pork as part of the ongoing study on research and innovation efforts in the agricultural sector.
Items of Interest in the Days Ahead
Upcoming House Debates (subject to change)
Wednesday April 17, 2013
Thursday April 18, 2013
- second reading debate on Bill S-2, the family homes on reserves and matrimonial interests or rights act
- other bills that may be debated include: Bill C-15, the strengthening military justice in the defence of Canada act and Bill S-12, the Incorporation by Reference in Regulations Act at second reading
- Private members' business: Bill C-479, An Act to Bring Fairness for the Victims of Violent Offenders (second reading, first time debated). Sponsor: David Sweet (MP for Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale)
Friday April 19, 2013
- Thursday has been designated the third opposition day. An NDP motion is expected to be debated.
- Private Members' Business: M-422, motion on the Last Post Fund (first time debated). Sponsor: Judy Foote (MP for Random—Burin—St. George's)
- Private Members' Business: C-266, Pope John Paul II Day Act (resuming second reading debate). Sponsor: Wladyslaw Lizon (MP for Mississauga East—Cooksville)
- Private Members' Business: M-230, motion on anaphylaxis (first time debated). Sponsor: Dean Allison (MP for Niagara West—Glanbrook)
Wednesday April 17, 2013
- vote on the private members' motion (M-412) on the subject of the Lower Churchill hydroelectric project, standing in the name of CPC MP Jay Aspin (Nipissing—Timiskaming)
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