In today’s edition:

  • Budget bill reaches third reading stage
  • Liberal MP’s bill calls for consideration of FASD as mitigating factor in sentencing
  • Minister Carr to field questions at committee
  • Minister McCallum prepares to discuss Canada’s 2017 immigration levels with committee
  • Saskatchewan’s Ag minister invited to discuss the acquisition of farmland with senators


Government business

Following passage of a time allocation motion on Monday, the budget bill is now before the House at third reading for its only allotted day at this stage.  A final vote will follow on Tuesday evening.  If passed (as expected) the bill will be sent to the Senate.

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

On Tuesday evening, Liberal MP Larry Bagnell’s bill to require courts to consider a determination that the offender suffers from fetal alcohol disorder as a mitigating factor in sentencing, will be back before the House for its second hour of debate at second reading.  At the end of the time allotted for debate, the question will be called to send the bill to committee.  If a recorded vote is requested, it will be scheduled for Tuesday, December 13.

Bill C-235, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (fetal alcohol disorder)

Bill summary: This enactment amends the Criminal Code to establish a procedure for assessing individuals who are involved in the criminal justice system and who may suffer from a fetal alcohol disorder. It requires the court to consider, as a mitigating factor in sentencing, a determination that the offender suffers from a fetal alcohol disorder.

The enactment also requires the court to make orders to require individuals who are determined to suffer from a fetal alcohol disorder to follow an external support plan to ensure that they receive the necessary support to facilitate their successful reintegration into society.

Lastly, it makes consequential amendments to the Corrections and Conditional Release Act.”

Today’s scheduled votes

  1. 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 for study.
  2. 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 for study.


New legislation

The government has given notice that a bill entitled “An Act to amend the Statistics Act” will be introduced in the coming days.