Daily Watch — Monday, December 5, 2016

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Daily Watch — Monday, December 5, 2016

In today’s edition:

  • Budget bill facing time allocation at final stages
  • Liberal MP’s bill to make Remembrance Day a federal holiday, back before the House
  • Minister Carolyn Bennett to face questions on amendments to Indian Act in Bill S-3
  • Forestry, pipeline and electricity stakeholders to testify on Fisheries Act changes

IN THE HOUSE

Private members’ business

When the Chamber’s doors open on Monday, MPs will launch into the second hour and final hour of debate at second reading on Liberal MP Colin Fraser’s bill seeking to make Remembrance Day a federal holiday.   At the end of the time allotted for debate, and if requested, a vote to send the bill to the Canadian heritage committee will be scheduled for Tuesday, December 6.

Bill C-311, An Act to amend the Holidays Act (Remembrance Day)

Bill Summary: “This enactment amends the Holidays Act to make Remembrance Day a legal holiday.”

 

Government business

At noon, members will shift their focus to debate of the budget implementation, which is currently at report stage.  As per the notice of motion provided by the government on Friday, the bill will soon face time limits for its remaining stages, with passage of the legislation likely by mid-week.

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.

 

COMMITTEE WATCH

Today’s House committee meetings

  • The topic of consideration at the indigenous and northern affairs committee on Monday afternoon will be Bill S-3, An Act to amend the Indian Act (elimination of sex-based inequities in registration).  Representatives from the Canadian Bar Association and the director of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund have been invited to appear for one hour before a scheduled appearance by Minister Carolyn Bennett alongside senior officials during the second hour.
  • Over at the standing committee on fisheries and oceans, members will continue the review of changes to the Fisheries Act. Executives from several industry groups representing hydropower, energy, pipeline, electricity, forestry and aquaculture will provide testimony and take members’ questions.
  • Officials from the department of finance will be on hand at the standing committee on finance to brief members on the technical provisions contained in Bill S-4 (An Act to implement a convention and arrangement for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income and to amend and Act in respect of a similar agreement). The committee will also welcome witnesses from Export Development Canada, the University of Alberta and the Department of Global Affairs.
  • Foreign affairs committee members will hear one hour of testimony as part of the reviews of the Freezing Assets of Corrupt Officials Act and the Special Economic Measures Act.  The focus of the meeting will shift to the human rights situation in China with expected testimony from journalist Chang Ping.
  • At Monday afternoon’s meeting, individuals who study and work within the intersection of gender and technology, including MediaSmarts, have been invited to contribute to the status of women committee’s discussion on violence against women young women and girls.

Today’s Senate committee meetings

  • Executives from Canada Lands Company Limited will join officials from Statistics Canada at the standing committee on official languages as senators resume study of the challenges associated with access French-language schools and French-immersion programs in British Columbia.

 

IN THE DAYS AHEAD

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
  • Vote — to refer Bill C-228, An Act to amend the Fisheries Act (closed containment aquaculture), sponsored by NDP MP Fin Donnelly, to the fisheries and oceans 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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