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

IN THE HOUSE

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.

 

COMMITTEE WATCH

Today’s House committee meetings

  • Minister Jim Carr will appear at the standing committee on natural resources with deputy minister Christyne Tremblay to help the committee in its consideration of the supplementary estimates.
  • The standing committee on health will continue its work on developing a national pharmacare program. Representatives from the Citizens’ Reference Panel on Pharmacare, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and a Pharmaceutical Sciences professor will take the committees questions.
  • Over at the standing committee on transport, infrastructure, and communities work will continue on the unmanned aerial vehicle regulations. The executive vice president of NAV Canada will be joined by two academic experts to answer members’ questions.
  • Members of the standing committee on Canadian heritage will tackle the subject of the media and local communities in a shortened meeting, where CEO of the Observer Media Group, Linda Solomon Wood, will appear.
  • Representatives from the Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association and Kapoor Barristers have been invited to testify before the standing committee on access to information, privacy and ethics and will take the members’ questions on the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act (SCISA).
  • To assist in their study of the situation of human rights defenders, the subcommittee on international human rights will welcome the Director of Programs from the Equitas-International Centre for Human Rights Educators.
  • Another ministerial appearance is expected at the standing committee on citizenship and immigration where Minister John McCallum will appear along with senior officials from the department of citizenship and immigration to consider Canada’s 2017 immigration levels plan.
  • Meanwhile over at the veterans affairs committee, minister Kent Hehr and senior official from his department will field questions as the committee pours over the details of the supplementary estimates.
  • Officials from public safety and PCO will be on hand as members of the public safety and national security committee conduct clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-22 (An Act to establish the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians and to make consequential amendments to certain Acts).

Today’s Senate committee meetings

  • Over at the standing committee of Aboriginal peoples work will begin on the clause-by-clause consideration of Bill S-3 (An act to amend the Indian Act (elimination of sex-based inequities in registration).
  • Senators on the national finance committee will meet twice on Tuesday. In the first meeting, the committee will welcome a senior economist from the Canadian Labour Congress and will ask the witness to assist them in their consideration of the subject matter of bill C-29. Minister Bill Morneau is slated to appear later in the day as the committee continues its consideration of provisions in the budget bill.
  • Representatives from the Council of Canadian Academies and of In Situ Oil Sands Alliance have been invited to appear before senators at the standing committee on energy, the environment and natural resources to provide insight on the effects of transitioning to a low carbon economy.
  • Transport Canada officials will take questions from senators on the standing committee on fisheries and oceans regarding the current challenges and opportunities of maritime search and rescue activities.
  • Saskatchewan’s agriculture minister, Lyle Stewart, will appear by videoconference at the agriculture and forestry for a discussion with senators on how the acquisition of farmland may impact the farming sector.

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT!

Bills on the move

  • TO COMMITTEE: Members agreed by voice vote on Monday to refer Bill C-311, An Act to amend the Holidays Act (Remembrance Day) to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.
  • FROM COMMITTEE: Bill C-227, An Act to amend the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act (community benefit) was reported back from the transport committee with amendments.  It now awaits report stage and third reading debate.

 

IN THE DAYS AHEAD

Wednesday, December 7, 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 — 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