In today's edition:
- today's HoC debates: bribing foreign officials, illegal fishing and changes to mental health regime in Criminal Code
- Minister Kent to be questioned on his department's 2013-14 report on plans and priorities
- Government operations committee studies the public service pension plan
- Senate committee focuses on close scrutiny of budget bill as it gets closer to Royal Assent
IN THE HOUSE TODAY
Leading off today's Chamber agenda will be report stage debate on Bill S-14, aimed at further preventing Canadian companies from bribing foreign officials.
Bill details & status - S-14, An Act to Amend the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act
Short Title: Fighting Foreign Corruption Act
This bill proposes several amendments to the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act. As listed in the legislative summary, the proposed amendments would 1) increase the maximum sentence of imprisonment applicable to the offence of bribing a foreign public official, 2) eliminate the facilitation payments exception to that offence, 3) create a new offence relating to books and records and the bribing of a foreign public official or the hiding of that bribery, and 4) establish nationality jurisdiction that would apply to all of the offences under the Act.
Status: introduced in the Senate on February 5, 2013. Considered at the Senate Foreign Affairs and International Trade committee over the course of two meetings. The bill was reported back to the Senate without amendment where it received third reading on March 26, 2013. Introduced and read a first time in the House of Commons on March 27, 2013. Considered by the Foreign Affairs and International Development committee at one meeting and reported back to the House without amendment.
Following question period, the government is expected to call Bill C-54, Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act - dealing with changes to the mental health regime in the Criminal Code - which currently sits at third reading.
Bill details & status - C-54, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act (mental disorder)
Short Title: Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act
This bill seeks amend provisions in the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act relating to accused persons found not criminally responsible due to mental disorder.
Legislative Summary states that the bill: “amends the mental disorder regime in the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act to specify that the paramount consideration in the decision-making process is the safety of the public and to create a scheme for finding that certain persons who have been found not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder are high-risk accused. It also enhances the involvement of victims in the regime and makes procedural and technical amendments.”
Status: Introduced on February 8, 2013. Second reading: March 1, 2013; April 26, 2013. Considered by the Justice and Human Rights committee over the course of two meetings and reported back to the House on June 13, 2013 with several amendments. Concurred in at report stage on June 17, 2013.
Sponsor: Minister of Justice
Note: The government gave notice on June 17, 2013 of its intent to move motion to set a given number of days or hours to third reading consideration of this bill.
Another item on the agenda that may be called for debate at second reading is Bill S-13, a bill aimed at strengthening action against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
Bill details & status - S-13, An Act to amend the Coastal Fisheries Protection Act
Short Title: Port State Measures Agreement Implementation Act
This bill proposes amendments to the Coastal Fisheries Protection Act ("the Act") in order to allow Canada to meet commitments under the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's 2009 Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (signed in 2010). The proposed amendments to the Act would also add more strict prohibitions relating to the importation of illegally acquired fish, marine plants, and seafood products as well as clarifying administration and enforcement provisions in the Act.
Status: Introduced in the Senate on November 8, 2011. Considered by the Senate Fisheries and Oceans committee over the course of two meetings. Bill was adopted by the committee without amendment and reported back to the Senate where it received third reading on March 7, 2013. Introduced in the House of Commons on March 8, 2013. Second reading: May 24, 2013
- immediately following question period, members will vote on the report stage motions on Bill C-49, Canadian Museum of History Act
Private Members' Business
Bloc MP Maria Mourani's bill (C-452) which seeks consecutive sentences for offences related to human trafficking is set to be debated at report stage.
Bill details & status - C-452, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (exploitation and trafficking in persons)
Legislative summary: "amends the Criminal Code in order to provide consecutive sentences for offences related to trafficking in persons and create a presumption regarding the exploitation of one person by another.
It also adds the offence of trafficking in persons to the list of offences to which the forfeiture of proceeds of crime apply."
Status: Introduced on October 16, 2012. Ssecond reading: January 29, 2013; March 1, 2013. Considered by the Justice and Human Rights committee over the course of 4 meetings and reported back to the House on May 9, 2013 with amendments.
Sponsor: Maria Mourani (MP for Ahuntsic)
Today's featured House committees
- Environment committee members will have the opportunity to question Minister Peter Kent, senior officials, and executives from Parks Canada and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency on the department's 2013-14 report on plans and priorities.
- As part of the extensive study on the economics of policing, public safety committee members will hear testimony from Waterloo Regional Police Services chief Matthew Torigian and Dalhousie university professor Christopher Murphy. Public safety officials are also slated to appear for the second hour.
- Fisheries and oceans committee members will host and question DFO officials as part of their review of the lobster fishery.
- Treasury Board officials will be joined by Chief Actuary Jean-Claude Ménard from the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions and officials from the Public Sector Pension Investment Board to answer questions on the public service pension plan at the government operations committee.
- Two NDP motions are on the agenda to be debated at the official languages committee.
- Foreign affairs, public accounts and natural resources are all scheduled to meet behind closed doors for consideration and preparation of reports from several studies.
Today's featured Senate committees
- Clause by clause consideration on Bill C-51 – which proposes changes to the witness protection program – is scheduled over at the legal and constitutional affairs committee.
- Senators on the national finance committee are expected to undertake clause by clause consideration of the budget implementation bill (C-60).
ITEMS OF INTEREST IN THE DAYS AHEAD
Looking ahead at the week's debates (subject to change)
Wednesday June 19, 2013
Thursday June 20, 2013
- Private Members’ Business: M-425, motion on obesity (first of two hours of debate). Sponsor: Mike Wallace (MP for Burlington)
Friday June 21, 2013
- Private Members’ Business: Bill C-479 , An Act to Bring Fairness for the Victims of Violent Offenders (resuming second reading debate). Sponsor: David Sweet (MP for Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale).
With the House being in the final days before the end of the spring-summer sitting, the government will continue to give priority for debate to bills reported back from committee. Other bills that may be called this week include: Bill S-15, Expansion and Conservation of Canada’s National Parks Act and Bill S-17, Tax Conventions Implementation Act, 2013
- Private Members’ Business: M-431, motion on the election of committee chairs (second of two hours of debate). Sponsor: Brad Trost (MP for Saskatoon—Humboldt)
Wednesday June 19, 2013
- vote on the motion standing in the name of CPC MP Phil McColeman (M-430) on persons with disabilities
- vote at second reading on Bill C-473, An Act to amend the Financial Administration Act (balanced representation) - a bill addressing gender parity on Crown corporation boards - and to refer it to the Standing Committee on the Status of Women for study
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