IN THE HOUSE TODAY
In the Chamber, members will debate a Liberal opposition day motion calling for amendments to the Standing Orders such that members are recognized by the Speaker in alphabetical order by Party during the daily 15 minute period for Members' Statements in the House.
Motion Status & Details (5th opposition day)
Full text of motion: That Standing Order 31 be amended by adding the following:
“(1) The Speaker shall recognize Members in alphabetical order by Party. For the purposes of this Standing Order, all Members who do not belong to a recognized party shall be grouped together.
(2) When a Member is unable to present his or her statement on the date required by Standing Order 31(1), he or she may indicate in writing to the Speaker at least one hour prior to the beginning of Statement by Members, the name of the Member with whom he or she will exchange position.”.
Private Members' Business
Another debate centered on procedural matters is scheduled as part of private members' hour, when the House debates a motion standing in the name of CPC MP Brad Trost calling for the Procedure and House Affairs committee to consider the election of committee chairs by way of a preferential ballot system.
Motion Status & Details (M-431)
Full text of motion: That the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs be instructed to: (a) consider the election of committee chairs by means of a preferential ballot system by all the Members of the House of Commons, at the beginning of each session and prior to the establishment of the membership of the standing committees; (b) study the practices of other Westminster-style Parliaments in relation to the election of Committee Chairs; (c) propose any necessary modifications to the Standing Orders and practices of the House; and (d) report its findings to the House no later than six months following the adoption of this order.
Status: first of 2 hours of debate
Sponsor: Brad Trost (MP for Saskatoon - Humboldt)
Private Members’ business:
- with third reading debate having wrapped up on Tuesday, the final vote is set for the Combatting Terrorism Act (S-7)
- vote at report stage on Bill C-394, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act (criminal organization recruitment)
- vote on motion M-382, regarding religious freedom
Today's House committees
- Canadian Heritage committee members will hear from CPC MP Wladyslaw Lizon on his private members' bill (C-266) which proposes to designate April 2nd of every year “Pope John Paul II day”, before undertaking clause by clause consideration on the bill.
- Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault is slated to appear before the Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics committee to field questions on her annual reports from 2010-11 and 2011-2012.
- Treasury Board President Tony Clement is scheduled to appear at the Government Operations committee with senior department officials to discuss Main Estimates.
Today's Senate committees
- Senators on the Banking, Trade and Commerce committee are scheduled to discuss the present state of the domestic and international financial system with Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney and Senior Deputy Governot Tiff Macklem.
- Hearings continue on Bill C-309, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (concealment of identity) – which would make it an offence to wear a mask or other disguise to conceal one’s identity while taking part in a riot or an unlawful assembly – at the Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee with witness appearances by the Canadian and BC Civil Liberties Associations and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.
- Officials from Shared Services Canada and Industry Canada will brief Senators at the National Finance committee on details of the expenditures set out in the Main Estimates for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014.
IN THE DAYS AHEAD
Upcoming House debates (subject to change)
Thursday April 25, 2013
- Thursday has been designated the 6th opposition day. An NDP motion is expected to be debated
Friday April 26, 2013
- Private Members' Business: Bill C-478, Respecting Families of Murdered and Brutalized Persons Act (second reading, first time debated). Sponsor: James Bezan (MP for Selkirk—Interlake)
- Bill C-15, Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act could be called for debate.
- Private Members' Business: Bill C-480, An Act to amend the Old Age Security Act (funeral arrangements)(second reading, first time debated). Sponsor: François Pilon (MP for Laval—Les Îles)
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