Daily Watch — Thursday, November 24, 2016

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Daily Watch — Thursday, November 24, 2016

In today’s edition:

  • Today’s debates: Rouge National Urban Park and Canada’s corporate governance regime
  • NDP MP’s bill seeks to address business transfer disadvantage
  • Transport committee considers unmanned aerial vehicle regulations
  • Justice minister and Treasury Board president head to committee for Privacy Act review
  • Revenue minister expected to field questions at finance committee on supplementary estimates
  • Canadian Federation of Agriculture invited to discuss internal trade at senate banking committee


Government Business

On Thursday morning, MPs are expected to start second reading on a bill which outlines the management of Rouge National Urban Park – Canada’s first national urban park.

Bill C-18, An Act to amend the Rouge National Urban Park Act, the Parks Canada Agency Act and the Canada National Parks Act would amend the Rouge National Urban Park Act “to set out priorities in respect of factors to be considered in the management of the park. Additionally, it adds land to the park. It also amends the Parks Canada Agency Act to allow the New Parks and Historic Sites Account to be used in a broader manner. Finally, it amends the Canada National Parks Act to modify the boundary of Wood Buffalo National Park of Canada.”


Also on Thursday’s agenda is Bill C-25 which stands at second reading stage.  This bill proposes changes to the corporate governance regime for companies incorporated under the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA). Among the proposed changes are that certain corporations would be required to make annual disclosure relating to diversity among their directors and members of senior management.

Bill C-25, An Act to amend the Canada Business Corporations Act, the Canada Cooperatives Act, the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, and the Competition Act

Bill summary and complete text of the legislation, can be accessed here.

Backgrounder and FAQs, outlining proposed changes to the CBCA and other Acts.


Time permitting, MPs may also return to second reading debate of Bill C-30 – to implement the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union and its Member States.

Bill C-30, An Act to implement the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union and its Member States and to provide for certain other measures

Short title: Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Implementation Act

Bill summary and text can be accessed here


Private members’ business

NPD finance critic, Guy Caron, will have the opportunity to make the case for his private members’ bill – which seeks to address a tax disadvantage that business people, farmers, and fishing vessel operators face when they want to pass their business on to a child rather than a stranger – when it receives its first hour of debate at second reading.

C-274, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (transfer of small business or family farm or fishing corporation)

Bill summary: “This enactment amends the Income Tax Act in order to provide that, in the case of qualified small business corporation shares and shares of the capital stock of a family farm or fishing corporation, siblings are deemed not to be dealing at arm’s length and to be related, and that, under certain conditions, the transfer of those shares by a taxpayer to the taxpayer’s child or grandchild who is 18 years of age or older is to be excluded from the anti-avoidance rule of section 84.‍1.”


New legislation

  • The government has given notice that a bill entitled “An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts”, will be introduced in the coming days.
  • Notice has also been given for the introduction of a bill entitled, “An Act to amend the Public Service Labour Relations Act and other Acts”.



Today’s scheduled House committees

  • CPC MP Rob Nicholson and Liberal MP Rob Oliphant will both appear as witnesses before the standing committee on health to speak make the case for Bill 233, an Act respecting a national strategy for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.  Clause-by-clause consideration is scheduled at the same meeting.
  • The standing committee on natural resources will consider the future of Canada’s oil and gas, mining and nuclear, sectors and will welcome three witnesses on Thursday morning. Canada’s environment commissioner, Julie Gelfand will appear during the first hour.  Senior executives representing the nuclear sector, including Bruce Power and Ontario Power Generation Inc. are also scheduled.
  • Six witnesses will testify before the committee on transport, infrastructure and communities to discuss unmanned aerial vehicle regulations.
  • As they consider Canada’s next agricultural policy framework, the committee on agriculture and agri-food will have the opportunity to hear testimony from representative of the Canada Organic Trade Association, Canadian Young Farmers’ Forum, Canadian Horticultural Council and the Dairy Processors Association of Canada.
  • Officials from the department of Citizenship and Immigration are expected to appear before the official languages committee to answer questions on a roadmap and immigration in francophone minority communities.
  • A two-hour meeting of the standing committee on human resources will examine poverty reduction strategies. Among the groups scheduled to appear are: Canadian Federation of Students and the Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee.
  • Force protection will be the subject of the day at a closed door session of the national defence committee, where two witnesses from the department of national defence will testify.
  • The standing committee on international trade will meet to continue its pre-study of C-30, An act to implement the comprehensive economic and trade agreement between Canada and the European Union and its member states. The committee has invited witnesses to testify from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, the Dairy Farmers of Canada, the Manitoba Mukluks and the Retail Council of Canada.
  • The standing committee on access to information, privacy and ethics, will welcome justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and treasury board president Scott Brison for one hours as part of the review of the Privacy Act.   During the second hour, Information Commissioner, Suzanne Legault will take questions on the Supplementary Estimates (B) 2016-17: Vote 1b under Offices of the Information and Privacy Commissioners of Canada.
  • Bill S-201, An Act to Prohibit And Prevent Genetic Discrimination will be discussed once again by members of the justice and human rights committee when they welcome witnesses from the Canadian Medical Association And Canadian College Of Medical Geneticists.
  • Members of the subcommittee on international human rights of the standing committee on foreign affairs and international development will host the Chairman of the Yezidi Human Rights Organization-International to the human rights situation facing Yezidis, Christians and other religious and ethnic minorities in Syria and Iraq.
  • National revenue minister Diane Lebouthillier is slated to appear before members of the finance committee for one hour as part of the review of the supplementary Estimates (B) 2016-17 for her department.  Finance Canada officials will return during the second hours to answer members’ questions on the provision in the budget implementation bill (C-29).
  • As part of the ongoing review of the the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, members of the standing committee on environment and sustainable development have invited witnesses from the Assembly Of First Nations, Retail Council Of Canada, and the Canadian Electricity Association to appear.
  • Family reunification will be the topic of discussion over at the citizenship and immigration committee, where senior departmental officials have been invited to appear.
  • Over at the public accounts committee, DND officials, including deputy minister John Forster and Patrick Finn (Assistant Deputy Minister, Materiel) will answer members’ questions as part of the review of the plan of the Department of National Defence to record and value inventory.

Today’s scheduled Senate committees

  • On Thursday morning the energy, the environment and natural resources committee will welcome two witnesses, Leah Lawrence (Sustainable Development Technology Canada) and John Zhou (Alberta Innovates) to facilitate their study on the effects of transitioning to a low carbon economy.
  • Senators on the agriculture and forestry committee will continue hearings on the potential impact of acquisition of farmland in Canada on the farming sector. Bank of Canada executives will be joined by professors from the University of Regina and the University of Manitoba to take senators’ questions.
  • Senators on the banking, trade and commerce committee will hear expert testimony from Canadian Federation of Agriculture president Ron Bonnett and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association regarding the development of a national corridor in Canada as a means of enhancing and facilitating commerce and internal trade.
  • Representatives from the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and the Woodrow Wilson Center will meet with senators on the foreign affairs and international trade committee to discuss opportunities for strengthening cooperation with Mexico since the tabling, in June 2015, of the committee report entitled ‘North American Neighbours: Maximizing Opportunities and Strengthening Cooperation for a more Prosperous Future‘.



Bill activity

  • COMMITTEE REPORT: On Wednesday, the Senate national finance committee presented its eight report with respect to Bill C-2, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act.  Committee members have decided to report the bill back to the Senate with an amendment.
  • TO COMMITTEE: Senators agreed on Wednesday afternoon to send Bill S-203, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and other Acts (ending the captivity of whales and dolphins) to the fisheries and oceans committee for review.



Friday, November 25, 2016

  • Private members’ business — M-69, motion on water quality (first time debated) — Sponsor: Bob Bratina (MP for Hamilton East—Stoney Creek)
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
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