Daily Watch

In today’s edition:

  • An amendment to the government’s corrections legislation is debated;
  • Members vote on an an amendment to the CUSMA implementation bill, and on the main motion to refer it to the Standing Committee on International Trade;
  • A private member’s bill concerning pension investments is debated at second reading;
  • The Zero Waste Packaging Act is debated at second reading;
  • ICYMI—A number of government bills will become law after being passed by the Senate.


TODAY IN THE HOUSE

Government Business

Members resume debate of an amendment to Bill C-83 put forward by NDP MP Matthew Dubé. Once the amendment is disposed of, Members will vote on the main motion to send a message to the Senate informing it that the House agrees with some proposed amendments to Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale’s Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and another Act, and seeks to amend others.

Bill Summary: This enactment amends the Corrections and Conditional Release Act to, among other things,
(a) eliminate the use of administrative segregation and disciplinary segregation;
(b) authorize the Commissioner to designate a penitentiary or an area in a penitentiary as a structured intervention unit for the confinement of inmates who cannot be maintained in the mainstream inmate population for security or other reasons;
(c) provide less invasive alternatives to physical body cavity searches;
(d) affirm that the Correctional Service of Canada has the obligation to support the autonomy and clinical independence of registered health care professionals;
(e) provide that the Correctional Service of Canada has the obligation to provide inmates with access to patient advocacy services;
(f) provide that the Correctional Service of Canada has an obligation to consider systemic and background factors unique to Indigenous offenders in all decision-making; and
(g) improve victims’ access to audio recordings of parole hearings.
This enactment also amends the English version of a provision of the Criminal Records Act.

 

Today’s Scheduled Votes

Members will vote on an amendment proposed by NDP MP Cheryl Hardcastle to the Prime Minister’s Bill C-100, An Act to implement the Agreement between Canada, the United States of America and the United Mexican States. Immediately after the amendment is disposed of, a vote will be held on the main motion that the bill be read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on International Trade.

Private Members’ Business

NDP MP Alistair MacGregor’s Bill C-431, An Act to amend the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Act (investments), will be debated for the first time at second reading.

Bill Summary: This enactment amends the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Act to specify that the investment policies, standards and procedures established by the board of directors shall provide that no investment may be made or held in any entity that has engaged in certain practices.

 

Also being debated for the first time at second reading is NDP MP Nathan Cullen’s Bill C-429, An Act to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (packaging).

Bill Summary: This enactment amends the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, to prohibit the use of consumer product packaging unless it is made of a material that is recyclable or compostable.

 


COMMITTEE WATCH

Today’s House committee meetings

  • Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux appears at the FINANCE committee as it reviews a Report of the Parliamentary Budget Officer on Tax Gap. Mark Mahabir and Govindadeva Bernier will also be on hand from the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer.

Today’s Senate committee meetings

  • The INTERNAL ECONOMY, BUDGETS AND ADMINISTRATION committee considers a number of financial and administrative matters, with Caroline Morency, Blair Armitage, and Pierre Lanctôt appearing as witnesses from the Senate of Canada.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Senators on Wednesday voted to adopt Bill C-88 at third reading without any changes, pushing An Act to amend the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act and the Canada Petroleum Resources Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts toward royal assent.

The Senate voted to pass Bill C-93, An Act to provide no-cost, expedited record suspensions for simple possession of cannabis, at third reading without amendments. The bill will now move toward royal assent and becoming law.

Senators on Tuesday voted to adopt at third reading Bill C-77, An Act to amend the National Defence Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts, and Bill C-78, An Act to amend the Divorce Act, the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act and the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act, without amendments, paving the way for both bills to receive royal assent and become law.

Also on Tuesday, the Senate passed at third reading and without amendment Bill C-84An Act to amend the Criminal Code (bestiality and animal fighting), meaning it will soon become law. It was already passed by the House of Commons in a 276-0 vote last month.

Bill C-68, An Act to amend the Fisheries Act and other Acts in consequence, moves toward royal assent after the Senate decline to insist on amendments made to the bill that were rejected by the Liberal-majority House of Commons.


IN THE DAYS AHEAD

Friday, June 21:

  • Private Members’ Business — M-228, from Independent MP Raj Grewal — Immigration (first time debated)

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.