In today's edition:
- HoC debates: tackling contraband tobacco & strengthening tanker safety system
- MP's motion seeks to increase employment levels for persons with disabilities
- Parks Canada CEO discusses the creation of Sable Island National Park Reserve
- official language obligations for Citizenship and Immigration brings Minister Kenney to committee
- clause by clause double-header: labour disclosure (C-377) & tax amendments (C-48) at Senate banking committee
TODAY IN THE HOUSE
Members in the House are scheduled to continue second reading of Bill S-16 dealing with offences for trafficking in contraband tobacco.
Bill details & status - S-16, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (trafficking in contraband tobacco)
Short Title: Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act
This bill aims to amend the Criminal Code to create a new offence of trafficking in contraband tobacco and set minimum penalties of imprisonment for repeat offenders.
Status: introduced in the Senate on March 3, 2012. Considered by the Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee over the course of five meetings, adopted, and reported back to the Senate with observations regarding the authority of provincial police forces under the bill. Read a third time in the Senate on June 4, 2013 and subsequently referred to the House for consideration where it was read a first time on June 5, 2013. Second reading began on June 11, 2013.
House sponsor: Minister of Justice
Note: the government gave notice on Wednesday that it will move a motion to limit debate on S-16 at its current stage to a certain number of days or hours.
Second reading may also begin on Bill C-57 which proposes amendments to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 aimed at strengthening Canada's tanker safety system.
Bill details & status – C-57, An Act to enact the Aviation Industry Indemnity Act, to amend the Aeronautics Act, the Canada Marine Act, the Marine Liability Act and the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and to make consequential amendments to other Acts
Short Title: Safeguarding Canada's Seas and Skies Act
Amendments to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, proposed in this bill include measures to bolster current requirements and regulations for spill preparedness and response at oil-handling facilities, to equip marine safety inspectors with tools to enforce compliance, and introduce new offences for contraventions of the Act, including administrative monetary penalties.
Status: introduced on March 18, 2013
Sponsor: Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
Private Members' Business
During the time allotted for private members' business, the House will conclude debate on the motion standing in the name of CPC MP Phil McColeman on persons with disabilities, which calls on the government to endorse the report entitled “Rethinking disAbility in the Private Sector”, its findings, and for a commitment to furthering public-private cooperation through various measures.
Full text of motion: That, in the opinion of the House, the government should endorse the report of the Panel on Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities entitled “Rethinking disAbility in the Private Sector”, and its findings, and commit to furthering public-private cooperation by: (a) building on existing government initiatives, such as the Opportunities Fund, the Registered Disability Savings Plan, the ratification of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities; (b) issuing a call to action for Canadian employers to examine the expert panel's findings and encouraging employers to take advantage of private sector-led initiatives to increase employment levels for persons with disabilities in Canada; (c) pursuing greater accountability and coordination of its labour market funding for persons with disabilities and ensuring that funding is demand driven and focussed on suitable performance indicators with strong demonstrable results; (d) establishing an increased focus on young people with disabilities to include support mechanisms specifically targeted at increasing employment levels among youth with disabilities, through programs such as the Youth Employment Strategy; and (e) strengthening efforts to identify existing innovative approaches to increasing the employment of persons with disabilities occurring in communities across Canada and ensuring that programs have the flexibility to help replicate such approaches.
Status: Debated for the first of two hours on May 2, 2013.
Sponsor: Phil McColeman (MP for Brant)
Today's featured House committees
- Parks Canada CEO Alan Latourelle will be the lead off witness at the Environment committee's review of Bill S-15, to create Sable Island National Park Reserve of Canada.
- Public Safety committee members will hear testimony from the Thunder Bay Police Service and the Smart Policing Initiative as they continue hearings on the economics of policing.
- Witnesses from the Canadian Bar Association, the North-South Institute, and Transparency International Canada are scheduled to testify before members of the Foreign Affairs committee about the Fighting Foreign Corruption Act (S-14) before the committee undertakes a clause by clause analysis of the legislation.
- Government officials from the Northwest Territories including, the Hon. David Ramsay, Minister for the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment, are set to appear before members of the Fisheries and Oceans committee on the study of northern and arctic fisheries.
- Human Resources committee members have invited professors from Wilfrid Laurier University and Nipissing University to provide insight on the study of opportunities for older persons in the workforce.
- President and CEO of TeamSpace Canada Inc. Michael Johnston, is slated to appear at the Industry committee as members continue their study on the adoption of digital technology by Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises
- Citizenship minister Jason Kenney will be joined by officials in answering questions at the Official Languages committee on the obligations of the department of citizenship and immigration under the Official Languages Act.
- Among the organizations that the Special Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women will meet with later in the evening are: Families of Sisters in Spirit and the RCMP.
Today's featured Senate committees
- As part of the study being undertaken by Senators on the Forestry and Agriculture committee on innovation in the agriculture sector, testimony is expected from Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers and the Solidarité rurale du Québec.
- Engineers representing the National Energy Board and TransCanada will answer questions from Senators at the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources committee to inform the study relating to the bulk transport of hydrocarbon products.
- Two bills are in line to undergo clause by clause consideration at the Banking, Trade and Commerce committee: Bill C-377, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (requirements for labour organizations) and the Technical Tax Amendments Act, 2012 (C-48).
- A 3-hour session is scheduled for Senators at the Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee to hear further testimony on Bill C-51 which proposes changes to the witness protection program. Witnesses from the Canadian Police Association, OPP, and the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP have been invited.
ITEMS OF INTEREST IN THE DAYS AHEAD
Looking ahead at the week's agenda (subject to change)
Friday June 14, 2013
The government house leader has indicated that in terms of government bills to be called from now until the House rises for summer, priority will be given to bills reported back to the House from committee.
- Private Members’ Business: Bill C-444, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (personating peace officer or public officer). Sponsor: Earl Dreeshen (MP for Red Deer) (third reading)
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