Daily Watch — Friday, December 2, 2016

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Daily Watch — Friday, December 2, 2016

In today’s edition:

  • House to debate budget bill at report stage
  • NDP MP’s bill on aquaculture industry, back before the House
  • Senate committees hold rare Friday meetings on C-29 and S-4
  • Committee presents report on peace and development in Colombia and Guatemala
  • A look at the week ahead

IN THE HOUSE

Government business

When the Chamber’s doors open on Friday, MPs are expected to debate the budget implementation bill (C-29), which is now at report stage.  The bill was adopted by the finance committee and reported back with minor amendments on November 29.

Bill C-29, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2016 and other measures

Short title: Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 2

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

 

Private members’ business

Before the Chamber adjourns for the week, Bill C-228 sponsored by NDP MP Fin Donnelly is set to receive its second and final hour of second reading.  The bill proposes changes to the Fisheries Act to require fish farms on the Pacific Coast to move from open-net pens to safe, closed containment systems.  If requested, a vote to send the bill to committee will be scheduled for Tuesday, December 6.

Bill C-228, An Act to amend the Fisheries Act (closed containment aquaculture)

Bill Summary: “This enactment amends the Fisheries Act to require that finfish aquaculture for commercial purposes in Canadian fisheries waters off the Pacific Coast be carried out in closed containment facilities. It also requires the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans to prepare, table in Parliament and implement a plan to support the transition to the use of closed containment facilities and to protect the jobs and financial security of workers in that sector.”

 

COMMITTEE WATCH

Today’s Senate committee meetings

  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Francois-Phillipe Champagne, has been invited to appear before the banking, trade and commerce committee in a rare Friday meeting to discuss Bill S-4 – tax conventions legislation. Finance officials will also be on hand to assist the committee with clause by clause consideration.
  • In another Friday morning meeting, senators on the national finance committee will welcome several representatives from the Department of Finance Canada. The order of the day for senators and witnesses is continued review of Bill C-29 (A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament).

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Bills on the move

  • BACK FROM COMMITTEE: Bill C-233, An Act respecting a national strategy for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias was reported back from the health committee with several amendments.  It now proceeds to report stage in the House.

Committee reports

  • FINA: in its tenth report, the finance committee recommends “that the Government raise the issue of child rearing and disability drop out provisions at the next Provincial and Territorial Finance Ministers meeting, in the context of the Triennial review of the Canada Pension Plan.”

Committee membership changes

  • INAN: Romeo Saganash has replaced Charlie Angus on the indigenous and northern affairs committee
  • JUST: Alistair MacGregor has replaced Murray Rankin on the justice and human rights committee

 

IN THE DAYS AHEAD

Monday, December 5, 2016

  • Government Business Bill C-29 (Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 2) is expected to be placed on the House agenda
  • Private members’ business — Bill C-311, An Act to amend the Holidays Act (Remembrance Day) — (second reading, resuming debate) — Sponsor: Colin Fraser (MP for West Nova)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

  • Government Business — the government is expected to call Bill C-29 (Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 2)
  • Private members’ business — Bill C-235,  An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (fetal alcohol disorder) — (second reading, resuming debate) — Sponsor: Larry Bagnell (MP for Yukon)
  • Vote — to refer Bill C-245, An Act concerning the development of a national poverty reduction strategy in Canada, sponsored by NDP MP Brigitte Sansoucy, to the human resources committee

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

  • Government Business Bill C-29 (Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 2) will be on the House agenda
  • Private members’ business — Bill C-306, An Act to establish a Crimean Tatar Deportation (“Sürgünlik”) Memorial Day and to recognize the mass deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1944 as an act of genocide — (second reading, resuming debate) — Sponsor: Kerry Diotte (MP for Edmonton Griesbach)

Thursday, December 8, 2016

  • Government Business — Several bills – all which stand at second reading and that the government hopes to advance – are likely to be called over the next few days including: Bill S-4 (tax conventions legislation), Bill S-3 (Indian Act amendment), Bill C-25 (business frameworks bill); and Bill C-30 (CETA implementing legislation)
  • Private members’ business — M-47, motion of instruction to the Standing Committee on Health (violent and sexual online material) (resuming debate) — Sponsor: Arnold Viersen (MP for Peace River—Westlock)

Friday, December 9, 2016

  • Government Business Several bills – all which stand at second reading and that the government hopes to advance – are likely to be called over the next few days including: Bill S-4 (tax conventions legislation), Bill S-3 (Indian Act amendment), Bill C-25 (business frameworks bill); and Bill C-30 (CETA implementing legislation)
  • Private members’ business — M-73, motion on German Heritage Month (resuming debate) — Sponsor: Marwan Tabbara (Kitchener South—Hespeler)
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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