Daily Watch

In today’s edition:

  • The government will introduce An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures, and a motion outlining how the act will proceed through the House.


TODAY IN THE HOUSE

Government Business

Leader of the Government in the House Pablo Rodriguez announced on Saturday that the government will introduce a bill from Finance Minister Bill Morneau today entitled An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures, “to bring in emergency economic and other measures to support Canadians in response to the COVID-19 pandemic…”

Rodriguez will also present a government motion in his name outlining how to dispose of Morneau’s act.

Text of the Motion: That, notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practice of the House:

(a) a bill in the name of the Minister of Finance, entitled An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures, shall be disposed of as follows: (i) commencing when the said bill is read a first time and concluding when the said bill is read a third time, the House shall not adjourn except pursuant to a motion proposed by a minister of the Crown; (ii) the said bill may be read twice or thrice in one sitting; (iii) when the House begins debate on the motion for second reading of the bill, two members of each recognized party and a member of the Green Party may each speak to the said motion for not more than 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for questions and comments, provided that members may be permitted to split their time with another member; and, at the conclusion of the time provided for the debate or when no member rises to speak, whichever is earlier, all questions necessary to dispose of the second reading stage of the bill shall be put without further debate or amendment, provided that, if a recorded division is requested, it shall not be deferred and that, if the bill is adopted at second reading, it shall be deemed referred to a committee of the whole, deemed considered in committee of the whole, deemed reported without amendment, deemed concurred in at report stage, and deemed read a third time and passed;

(b) the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security be added to the list of committees in paragraph (e) of the order adopted on Tuesday, May 26, 2020; and

(c) when the House adjourns following the adoption of this order, it stand adjourned until July 22, 2020, pursuant to the order adopted on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

 


COMMITTEE WATCH

Today’s House committee meetings

  • The subcommittee on INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS will convene today to consider the human rights situation of the Uyghurs. Several individuals will appear as witnesses, along with representatives of Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, International Support for Uyghurs, Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, American Turkic International Lawyers Association, Amnesty International Canada, Uyghurs Rights Advocacy Project, and Canadians in Support of Refugees in Dire Need.
  • The HEALTH committee will be briefed today on the Canadian response to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
  • The government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is the focus of the HUMAN RESOURCES, SKILLS AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND THE STATUS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES committee today. Witnesses will appear from Maison des jeunes des Basses-Laurentides, Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, and the Vanier Institute of the Family.

Today’s Senate committee meetings

  • No committee meetings are scheduled today in the Senate.

IN THE DAYS AHEAD

Wednesday, July 22:

  • Questions to Ministers: COVID-19 pandemic and other matters — Consideration in committee of the whole
  • Government Business: No. 9 — The Leader of the Government in the House of Commons — COVID-19 pandemic and measures taken by the government — Consideration in committee of the whole

Please note that information contained in this publication is subject to daily change based on events in Parliament, including government business, private members’ business and committee business.