In today's edition:
- That's one way to abolish the Senate, or is it?
- spending approvals and money bills
- Minister Moore makes a case for creation of Museum of History
- Privacy Commissioner heads to Ethics to discuss public service and CBC disclosure bill (C-461)
- Senate committees consider union finances, military justice, harassment in the RCMP and much more
TODAY IN THE HOUSE
It being Wednesday, the House will sit at 2:00 pm and right after question period, Members will vote on several private members' bills.
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
- second reading vote on Bill C-478, Respecting Families of Murdered and Brutalized Persons Act - which seeks to increase parole ineligibility from the current 25 years up to a maximum of 40 years for an individual found guilty of abduction, sexual assault and murder of one victim – and to refer it to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights for further consideration
Wednesday being the eight and final allotted day in the supply period, the House will debate an NDP opposition day motion on the subject of Senate funding.
Text of motion: That all funding should cease to be provided to the Senate beginning on July 1, 2013.
Business of Supply – Main Estimates & Supplementary Estimates (A)
At 6:30 pm, Members in the House will convene to debate the following:
- motions to concur in the Main Estimates for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014.
- motion to concur in the Supplementary Estimates (A) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014.
- Two appropriations bills
Business of Supply
- vote on today's NDP opposition day motion on Senate funding.
- votes on motions to concur in Main and Supplementary Estimates and on appropriations bills
Also on the today's agenda for possible debate following consideration of the Estimates is Bill C-62, Yale First Nation Final Agreement Act (second reading).
Bill status & details – C-62, An Act to give effect to the Yale First Nation Final Agreement and to make consequential amendments to other Acts
This bill would ratify the Yale First Nation Final Agreement.
Status: Introduced on Friday May 31, 2013
Sponsor: Minister of Aboriginal Affairs
Note: the House unanimously agreed that when second reading begins on Bill C-62 that one Member from each recognized party and the Member for Ahuntsic may speak at this stage for not more than 10 minutes, after which the Bill will deemed to have been read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.
Today's featured House committees
- Minister James Moore is the first scheduled witness at a 4-hour extended session of the Canadian Heritage Committee to begin review of the Canadian Museum of History Act (C-49) to establish the Canadian Museum of History in place of the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Also appearing: Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation, Canadian Association of University Teachers, and the Canadian Anthropology Society.
- The International Trade committee's examination of the benefits for Canada of the Trans-Pacific Partnership continues with expected testimony by representatives of the Canadian Canola Growers Association, Canola Council of Canada, Grey, Clark, Shih and Associates Limited and the Grain Growers of Canada.
- Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart will provide insight over at the Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics committee on CPC MP Brent Rathgeber's public service and CBC disclosure bill (C-461) before members begin clause by clause consideration.
- Numerous victims groups, mental health organizations, and legal experts including the Canadian Bar Association are expected at the Justice and Human Rights committee as part of the hearings 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.
- Hearings resume at the National Defence committee on the study into the care of ill and injured Canadian Forces members.
Today's featured Senate committees
- Public hearings continue at the Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament committee where Senators will hear further testimony from Royal Canadian Mounted Police officials into the case of RCMP Srgt. Rolly Beaulieu and his alleged muzzling before testifying at another committee on the topic of harassment within the RCMP.
- Executives from the Retail Council of Canada, Canadian Federation of Agriculture, and the Canadian Meat Council will be joined by economist Mike Moffatt at the National Finance committee to answer Senators' questions on elements of the budget implementation bill (C-60).
- Numerous labour organizations are presenting before Senators on the Banking, Trade and Commerce committee on Bill C-377, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (requirements for labour organizations) – dealing with financial disclosure requirements for unions.
- Over at the Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee Senators will undertake clause by clause consideration of C-15 which modernizes the military justice regime and then turn their focus to further hearings on Bill C-350, An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (accountability of offenders) where Correctional Service Commissioner Don Head is scheduled to appear along with the the Canadian Prison Law Association.
- Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, the Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair will appear before Senators at the Aboriginal Peoples committee as part of the study on the federal government’s constitutional, treaty, political and legal responsibilities to First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples.
- A second meeting of the National Finance committee will see Senators reviewing the expenditures set out in the Supplementary Estimates (A) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014 and considering more clauses of the budget implementation bill (C-60).
ITEMS OF INTEREST IN THE DAYS AHEAD
The government has given notice that it will introduce a bill entitled “An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act”
. Text of legislation will not be available until introduction.
Looking ahead at the agenda in the House this week (subject to change)
Thursday June 6, 2013
- Government Orders: the House is expected to begin third reading 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)
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