In today's edition:
- safe drinking water for First Nations debate continues
- sodium reduction strategy bill goes to a vote
- Information commissioner heads to access to information committee
- Trans-Pacific partnership to occupy international trade committee's agenda
- illegal cigarette industry subject of more hearings by Senators
- looking ahead to the rest of the week
TODAY IN THE HOUSE
Members in the House are scheduled to resume debate on Bill S-8, An Act respecting the safety of drinking water on First Nation lands at second reading.
Bill status & details (S-8)
Short Title: Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act
This bill would allow for the development of federal regulations to govern the provision of drinking water, water quality standards and the disposal of waste water in First Nations communities and the incorporation of existing provincial regulations governing drinking water and waste water in First Nations communities.
Status: Introduced on February 29, 2012 in the Senate. The bill was adopted with observations by the Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, passed third reading in the Senate on June 18, 2012 and referred to the House for consideration where it received first reading on June 19, 2012. Second reading (House): November 1; November 22; November 26
House Sponsor: Minister of Aboriginal Affairs
Note: The government gave notice on Tuesday that it intends to move a motion to allocate a specific number of days for the consideration of S-8 at second reading stage.
Private Members' Business
Debate will resume for the second hour on CPC MP Dean Allison's motion on the topic of anaphylaxis.
Motion status & details (anaphylaxis)
Full text of motion: That, in the opinion of the House, anaphylaxis is a serious concern for an increasing number of Canadians and the government should take the appropriate measures necessary to ensure these Canadians are able to maintain a high quality of life.
Status: debated for the first of two hours on April 18, 2013.
Sponsor: Dean Allison (MP for Niagara West—Glanbrook)
Private members' Business:
- vote at second reading on Bill C-460, Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada Act and to refer it to the Standing Committee on Health for further consideration.
- vote at second reading on Bill S-213, Korean War Veterans Act and to refer it to the Standing Committee Veterans Affairs for further consideration.
Today's House committees
- Assistant Commissioner Claude Joli-Coeur from the National Film Board of Canada is scheduled to appear at the Canadian Heritage committee as part of the review into “significant aspects” Canadian history.
- International Trade committee members will be briefed by various DFAIT and Agriculture Canada officials – including lead negotiators – on the benefits for Canada of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
- Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics committee members are expected to meet with Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault to review details in the 2013-14 Main Estimates under Justice before turning to committee business matters.
- Status of Women has scheduled an extra Wednesday afternoon meeting to hear further testimony on Bill S-2, Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act. Manitoba MLA Brian Pallister will be joined by representatives of the Native Women's Association of Canada, Idle No More, and the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake.
- Justice officials will be on hand to provide technical advice to members of the Justice and Human Rights committee during clause by clause consideration of BQ MP Maria Mourani's bill (C-452), which seeks consecutive sentences for offences related to human trafficking and sexual exploitation under the Criminal Code.
Today's Senate committees
- Hearings on the Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act (S-16) are set to resume at the Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee where Senators will have the opportunity to question representatives from the Canadian Cancer Society, Coalition québécoise pour le contrôle du tabac, Ontario Campaign for Action on Tobacco, as well as Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke Chief Lloyd Phillips.
- Social Affairs, Science and Technology continues hearings on Bill C-43, Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act where Senators will hear testimony from and question representatives from Victims of Violence, the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, as well as other legal experts.
- Officials from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development are slated to appear before Senators on the Aboriginal Peoples committee as part of the ongoing and comprehensive review of the federal government’s constitutional, treaty, political and legal responsibilities to First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
- Senators on the National Finance committee will resume scrutiny of the measures in the budget implementation bill (C-60) and will have department of finance officials on hand to answer questions.
IN THE DAYS AHEAD
Upcoming House debates (subject to change)
Thursday May 9, 2013
Friday May 10, 2013
- Business of Supply: The seventh opposition day has been moved up one day to Thursday. An NDP motion will be debated.
- Private Members’ Business: Bill C-463, Discover Your Canada Act (resuming second reading debate). Sponsor: Massimo Pacetti (MP for Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel)
- Committee of the Whole: Consideration of all votes under Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development in the 2013-14 Main Estimates (debate up to 4 hours)
- Private Members’ Business: Bill C-479, An Act to Bring Fairness for the Victims of Violent Offenders (second reading, first time debated). Sponsor: David Sweet (MP for Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale)
Committee of the Whole
- All votes in the 2013-14 Main Estimates under Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, selected to be referred for consideration by Committee of the Whole, will be considered on Thursday May 9, 2013 for up to four hours.
- All votes in the 2013-14 Main Estimates under Natural Resources have also been selected to be referred for consideration by Committee of the Whole. The date for consideration has not yet been designated.
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