In today's edition:
- Seeking to honour Korean War Vets
- today's debates; tax treaties, budget bill and matrimonial & property rights
- CPC MP Rathgeber recalled to Ethics committee
- Minister Nicholson heads to Justice committee on C-54
- Bob Paulson and two retired Lieutenant-Generals discuss harassment in the RCMP
- NDP MP Garrison makes case for gender identity bill at Senate committee
IN THE HOUSE TODAY
Private Members' Business
The House is scheduled to lead off the week with report stage debate on Bill S-213, which would designate “Korean War Veterans Day” on July 27th of every year.
Bill status and details – S-213, An Act respecting a national day of remembrance to honour Canadian veterans of the Korean War
Short title: Korean War Veterans Day Act
This bill would designate July 27th of every year as “Korean War Veterans Day”, in order to pay tribute to the courage of Canadians who served between 1950-1953 and those Canadians who performed peacekeeping duties after the armistice of July 27, 1953.
Status: Introduced by Senator Yonah Martin in the Senate on November 6, 2012. Considered and adopted by the Senate committee on National Security and Defence without amendment. Passed at third reading in the Senate on March 6, 2013 and referred to the House of Commons where it was introduced and read a first time on March 18, 2013. Considered by the House of Common Veterans Affairs committee at one meeting and reported back to the House without amendment.
House Sponsor: Blaine Calkins (MP for Wetaskiwin)
Before question period, the House is expected to begin second reading debate on Bill S-17 that would implement four recently concluded tax treaties and implement amendments to existing provisions in tax treaties with Luxembourg and Switzerland.
Bill status & details – S-17, An Act to implement conventions, protocols, agreements and a supplementary convention, concluded between Canada and Namibia, Serbia, Poland, Hong Kong, Luxembourg and Switzerland, for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes
Short Title: Tax Conventions Implementation Act, 2013
This bill would implement four tax treaties that Canada has concluded with Namibia, Serbia, Poland and Hong Kong. As well, it would implement amendments to provisions for the exchange of tax information in tax treaties that Canada has concluded with Luxembourg and Switzerland in order to ensure that these provisions reflect the current OECD standard.
Status: Introduced in the Senate on March 6, 2013. Considered over 4 meetings by the Senate Banking, Trade and Commerce committee, reported back to the Senate without amendment and passed at third reading on May 7, 2013. Referred to the House of Commons for consideration where it received first reading on May 9, 2013.
House Sponsor: Minister of Finance
Following question period, the House is expected to focus on two bills: resume report stage debate on the budget bill (C-60) and resume third reading consideration of the matrimonial and property rights for First Nations bill (S-2). Both bills are in line to have a set amount of time allocated for debate at their current stages based on notice provided by the government on Friday.
Bill status & details – C-60, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 21, 2013 and other measures
Short Title: Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, No. 1
Bill summary can be viewed here.
Full text of the budget implementation bill can be viewed here.
Status: Introduced on April 29, 2013. Second reading: May 1, May 2; May 3; May 6; May 7. Considered by the Standing Committee on Finance over 4 days and adopted with no amendments. Reported back to the House on May 29, 2013.
Sponsor: Minister of Finance
Note: The government has give notice of intent to move a motion to allocate a specific number of days or hours to report stage and third reading consideration of this bill.
Bill status & details – S-2, An Act respecting family homes situated on First Nation reserves and matrimonial interests or rights in or to structures and lands situated on those reserves
Short title: Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act.
Legislative Summary: “This enactment provides for the adoption of First Nation laws and the establishment of provisional rules and procedures that apply during a conjugal relationship, when that relationship breaks down or on the death of a spouse or common-law partner, respecting the use, occupation and possession of family homes on First Nation reserves and the division of the value of any interests or rights held by spouses or common-law partners in or to structures and lands on those reserves."
Status: Introduced on September 28, 2011 in the Senate. The bill was adopted with two amendments by the Senate committee on Human Rights, passed third reading in the Senate on December 1, 2011 and referred to the House for consideration. Introduced in the House on December 8, 2011 and debated at second reading stage on: November 1, 2012; November 22, 2012; April 17, 2013. Review by the Status of Women committee was conducted over the course of 9 meetings in April and May 2013 with the bill being adopted and reported back to the House without amendment. Concurred in at report stage on May 27, 2013.
House Sponsor: Minister of Aboriginal Affairs
Note: The government has give notice of intent to move a motion to allocate a specific number of days or hours to third reading debate on this bill.
Today's House committees
- International Trade committee members will meet with representatives of the Forest Products Association of Canada and several academic experts including Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law, as part of ongoing hearings examining the benefits for Canada of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
- Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics committee members reviewing Bill C-461 on public service and CBC disclosure will meet for a second time with the bill's sponsor, CPC MP Brent Rathgeber.
- Justice Minister Rob Nicholson and department officials are slated to appear before members of the Justice and Human Rights committee to answer questions on Bill C-54 which would amend provisions in the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act relating to accused persons found not criminally responsible due to mental disorder.
- National Defence committee members are scheduled to hear more testimony on their comprehensive study into the care of ill and injured Canadian Forces members.
Today's Senate committees
- RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson will join retired Lieutenant-Generals Andrew Leslie and Michael Jeffery before Senators on the National Security and Defence committee examining the issue of harassment in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
- NDP MP Randall Garrison is slated to appear before Senators on the Human Rights committee to speak to his private member's bill C-279, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (gender identity) and will be joined by acting chief commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission David Langtry, representatives of Egale Canada, and UWO professor Greta Bauer.
- Senators on the Official Languages committee examining the impacts of recent changes to the immigration system on official language minority communities, will meet with Carrefour des Femmes du Sud-Ouest de l'Ontario.
- final vote on Bill C-51, Safer Witnesses Act which proposes changes to the witness protection program.
IN THE DAYS AHEAD
Upcoming House debates (subject to change)
Tuesday June 4, 2013
- Government Orders: Members may return to consideration of Bill S-2, Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act.
Wednesday June 5, 2013
- Private Members’ Business: Bill C-478, Respecting Families of Murdered and Brutalized Persons Act (resuming second reading debate). Sponsor: James Bezan (MP for Selkirk—Interlake)
Thursday June 6, 2013
- Government Orders: Has been allotted the eight and final opposition day. An NDP motion is set to be debated. This will be followed at 6:30 pm by debate on the main estimates and consideration of two appropriations bills.
- Government Orders: the Chamber is expected to return to report stage consideration of the budget implementation bill (C-60).
Friday June 7, 2013
- Private Members’ Business: Bill C-489, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (restrictions on offenders) (resuming second reading debate). Sponsor: Mark Warawa (MP for Langley)
- Private Members’ Business: Bill C-480, An Act to amend the Old Age Security Act (funeral arrangements) (resuming second reading debate). Sponsor: François Pilon (MP for Laval—Les Îles)
Votes coming later this week
Wednesday June 5, 2013
Private members' business:
- final vote on Bill C-419, An Act respecting language skills which requires persons appointed as officers of Parliament to be able to speak and clearly understand both official languages.
- final vote on Bill S-209, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (prize fights) seeking to amend the Criminal Code to legalize mixed martial arts.
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