In today’s edition:
- The House and Senate return from break;
- A private members’ bill from NDP MP Peter Julian focuses on international human rights abuses;
- It’s the second allotted supply day of the parliamentary calendar. Corporate access to the government is the topic of discussion.
- Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is at ENVI;
- Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale drops by SECU.
TODAY IN THE HOUSE
Private Members’ Business
Members will debate for the first time at second reading, NDP MP Peter Julian’s Bill C-331, An Act to amend the Federal Courts Act (international promotion and protection of human rights).
Bill Summary: This enactment amends the Federal Courts Act to provide for the jurisdiction of the Federal Court over civil claims brought by non-Canadians in respect of alleged violations outside Canada of international law or a treaty to which Canada is party.
Business of Supply
Today is the second scheduled supply day of the parliamentary calendar. The House will consider a motion from NDP MP Daniel Blaikie regarding corporate access to the Government of Canada.
Text of the Motion: That, in the opinion of the House, corporate executives and their lobbyists have had too much access to and influence over the Government of Canada, setting working Canadians and their families back by:
(a) encouraging attempts by the Prime Minister to undermine the independence of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada and the integrity of Canada’s rule of law;
(b) forcing Canadians to pay high prices for prescription drugs by blocking the establishment of a single, public and universal drug insurance plan;
(c) providing huge subsidies to large oil and gas companies, while putting corporate interests over the protection of Canada’s Pacific coastal waters in the Kinder Morgan pipeline approval process;
(d) motivating the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to give a handout of $12 million to a multi-billion-dollar corporation owned by one of Canada’s wealthiest families;
(e) giving Canada’s most profitable banks the chance to review and revise a report intended to shed light on anti-consumer banking practices; and
(f) leaving intact a host of tax loopholes that allow the richest Canadians to avoid paying their fair share for Canada’s public services like health care, pensions and housing;
and that therefore, as a first step toward addressing these failings, the government should immediately move to recover the $12 million given to Loblaws and reinvest it to the benefit of working Canadians and their families.
Today’s House committee meetings
- The CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION committee will hear from the Department of Citizenship and Immigration’s Martin Barry and David Cashaback as it is briefed on changes to the Caregiver Program.
- Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna appears at the ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT committee this afternoon as it reviews Main Estimates 2019-20: Votes 1 and 5 under Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 under Department of the Environment and Votes 1 and 5 under Parks Canada Agency. Liberal MP Sean Fraser appears as a witness, along with representatives of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, the Department of the Environment, and Parks Canada Agency.
- Witnesses will be on hand from the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, Invasive Species Centre, Invasive Species Council of BC, Newfoundland and Labrador Wildlife Federation, and the Okanagan Basin Water Board as the FISHERIES AND OCEANS committee studies aquatic invasive species.
- The GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS AND ESTIMATES committee discusses hiring veterans for public service positions this afternoon, with witnesses from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Unspecified senior officials will appear at the FINANCE committee as it reviews the subject matter of Bill C-97, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 19, 2019, and other measures.
- Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale drops by the PUBLIC SAFETY AND NATIONAL SECURITY committee this afternoon as it reviews the subject matter of Bill C-93, An Act to provide no-cost, expedited record suspensions for simple possession of cannabis. Witnesses will appear from the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and the Parole Board of Canada.
- The VETERANS AFFAIRS committee considers the effects of Mefloquine use among Canadian veterans.
Today’s Senate committee meetings
- The NATIONAL SECURITY AND DEFENCE committee studies Bill C-59, An Act respecting national security matters, today. Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien appears as a witness, along with 12 others.
- Bill C-69, An Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, to amend the Navigation Protection Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, is the focus of the ENERGY, THE ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES committee. Witnesses include representatives of ARC Financial Corp., Professional Surveyors Canada, and, as individuals, Ryerson University professor Deborah de Lange, and lawyer Rodney Northey.
IN THE DAYS AHEAD
Tuesday, April 30:
- Private Members’ Business — Bill S-240, sponsored by Conservative MP Garnett Genuis — An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (trafficking in human organs) — Report stage
Wednesday, May 1:
- Deferred Recorded Divisions
- Bill C-419, sponsored by Conservative MP Rachael Harder — Credit Card Fairness Act — Second reading
- Bill C-415, sponsored by NDP MP Murray Rankin — Expungement of Certain Cannabis-related Convictions Act— Second reading
- Private Members’ Business — Bill S-238, sponsored by NDP MP Fin Donnelly — Ban on Shark Fin Importation and Exportation Act — Second reading (resuming debate)
Thursday, May 2:
- Private Members’ Business — Bill M-174, sponsored by NDP MP Charlie Angus — National suicide prevention action plan (resuming debate)
Friday, May 3:
- Private Members’ Business — Bill M-208, sponsored by Liberal MP Will Amos — Rural digital infrastructure (resuming debate)