Daily Watch – Thursday, December 1, 2016

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Daily Watch – Thursday, December 1, 2016

In today’s edition:

  • Conservatives force debate on PM’s statement on Fidel Castro
  • Minister Sajjan and CSEC chief to face questions at defence committee
  • Trade minister heads to committee to discuss CETA and Canada-Ukraine trade deals
  • Banking witnesses invited to testify on the acquisition of farmland study
  • Auditor General Michael Ferguson set to discuss his latest reports
  • Senate committee presents report from study of Copyright Board


Business of supply – opposition day

MPs will spend the balance of Thursday debating a Conservative motion calling on the House to reject the statement made by the Prime Minister following Fidel Castro’s passing and to express support for the Cuban people.

Text of motion: That, in light of the regrettable comments made by the Prime Minister on behalf of Canadians on the death of Fidel Castro, and in an effort to send a clear signal to Cuban people and the international community that his comments do not reflect the true sentiments of Canadians, the House: (a) reject the comments made by the Prime Minister on November 26, 2016; (b) recognize the past atrocities and repression borne by the Cuban people under the rule of Fidel Castro, including his long and oppressive regime of imprisoning critics and reported beatings during arrest, restrictions on freedom of expression, association and assembly, and the suffering and restrictions placed on the press, minorities, and the democratic process, including the LGBT community; and (c) express its hope and full support for the people of Cuba, that they may now begin to see freedom and a commitment to democracy, human rights, and the rule of law, in order to ensure a brighter and better future for the Cuban people now and for generations to come.


Business of supply – supplementary estimates

On Thursday evening, members in the House will consider several supply items including, motions to concur in the Supplementary Estimates (B) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017 and subsequent appropriations bills.


Today’s votes

  1. on the Conservative opposition day motion on support for Cuba
  2. on motions to concur in the Supplementary Estimates (B) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017.
  3. on appropriations bills


Private members’ business

Senator Jane Cordy’s private bill to designate a “National Sickle Cell Awareness Day”, is scheduled to come before the House on Thursday evening.  Already passed in the Senate, the bill will be spearheaded in the House of Commons by Liberal MP Darren Fisher.

Bill S-211, An Act respecting National Sickle Cell Awareness Day

Bill Summary: “This enactment designates the nineteenth day of June in each and every year as “National Sickle Cell Awareness Day”.



Today’s House committee meetings

  • The natural resources committee will continue its work on the future of Canada’s oil and gas, mining and nuclear sectors. The committee has invited a number of representatives from the field of engineering to answer their questions.
  • The order of the day at the committee on transport, infrastructure and communities is a clause-by-clause consideration of Bill 227, an act to amend the department of public works and government services act. An official from Public Services and Procurement Canada will be on hand to answer MP’s technical questions.
  • Officials from the Departments of Health, Veterans Affairs and the office of the Auditor General will assist the health committee as they continue their examination of the development of a national pharmacare program.
  • Members of the committee on justice and human rights are expected to tackle clause-by-clause consideration of bill S-201, An Act to Prohibit and Prevent Genetic Discrimination. Human rights lawyers from the Department of Justice along with a representative from the department of health will be available to answer technical questions.
  • Members of the Canadian heritage committee will consider the intersection of the media and local communities at their meeting today and will hear from officials at Canada Revenue Agency and Finance Canada.
  • Minister Chrystia Freeland is slated to appear at the committee on international trade for a discussion of legislation to implement CETA (Bill C-30) and the Canada-Ukraine free trade agreement (Bill C-31).  Senior officials and trade negotiators will accompany the minister at committee.
  • Another ministerial appearance is expected at the committee on national defence where Minister Harjit S. Sajjan will answer the committee’s questions on the supplementary estimates.  Senior departmental officials as well as Communications Security Establishment Chief, Greta Bossenmaier, will also appear.
  • An appearance by Treasury Board president Scott Brison and senior officials is expected at the government operations and estimates committee for a discussion of the estimates process.
  • Representatives from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees have been invited to assist the standing committee on citizenship and immigration’s consideration of resettling Yazidi girls and women.
  • Correctional Investigator, Howard Sapers, is slated to appear before members of the public safety and national security committee to discuss his annual report at today’s meeting.
  • Auditor General Michael Ferguson will make an appearance at the public accounts committee to take questions on his recently presented Fall 2016 report.
  • Representatives from the Forest Products Association of Canada and Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association will be speaking to the standing committee on sustainable environment and development as part of the review of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

Today’s Senate committee meetings

  • Senators on the agriculture and forestry committee will continue to consider how the acquisition of farmland in Canada will impact the farming sector in Canada. Representatives from several of Canada’s largest banks have been invited to answer senators’ questions.
  • The president of the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada will speak to the energy, the environment and natural resources committee on the effects of transitioning to a low carbon economy.
  • A representative of the Canada West Foundation will appear before senators at the foreign affairs and international trade committee as they begin consideration of opportunities for strengthening cooperation with Mexico.
  • Senators on the banking, trade and commerce committee will welcome several officials from the Bank of Canada among other witnesses, for a discussion of technical provisions contained in the budget implementation bill (C-29).
  • The social affairs, science and technology committee will also continue its work on Bill C-29 on Thursday. Several officials from Employment and Social Development Canada will be on hand to answer questions on Divisions 1 and 2 of Part 4 of the bill.
  • Over at the legal and constitutional affairs committee, senators have the opportunity to hear more about and question witnesses on Bill S-230, Drug Impaired Driving Detection Act. A representative from the Canadian Council of Defence Lawyers will appear along side toxicology experts, and a representative from the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.



Bills on the move

  • PASSED: Bill C-26, An Act to amend the Canada Pension Plan, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Act and the Income Tax Act was passed in the House by a margin of 209-87.  It now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • PASSED: Bill C-13, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act, the Hazardous Products Act, the Radiation Emitting Devices Act, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, the Pest Control Products Act and the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act and to make related amendments to another Act, was passed in the Senate on Wednesday, November 30.  The bill now await Royal Assent.

Committee reports

  • BANC: the Senate banking, trade and commerce committee presented its report from the study of the operation and practices of the Copyright Board of Canada.  In the report entitled, Copyright Board: A rationale for urgent review, the committee recommends that there be an in-depth examination of the Copyright Board of Canada’s mandate, practices and resources as part of the upcoming five-year statutory review of the Copyright Act in 2017. 



Friday, December 2, 2016

  • Private members’ business — Bill C-228, An Act to amend the Fisheries Act (closed containment aquaculture) — (second reading, resuming debate) — Sponsor: Fin Donnelly (MP for Port Moody—Coquitlam)
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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