Daily Watch — Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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Daily Watch — Wednesday, December 7, 2016

In today’s edition:

  • House to continue CETA debate
  • MPs debate bill to create memorial day to mark Crimean Tatars deportation in 1944
  • Former Liberal leader Bob Rae invited to discuss internal trade matters at Senate committee
  • Senator Mercer to make case for his bill and election of Senate speaker

IN THE HOUSE

The Chamber’s doors open at 2:00 pm for members’ statements, followed by Question Period at 2:15 pm.

Government business

On Wednesday, members in the House are scheduled to return to consideration of C-30 – a bill to implement the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union and its Member States – at second reading stage.

Bill C-30, An Act to implement the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union and its Member States and to provide for certain other measures

Short title: Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Implementation Act

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

 

Private members’ business

CPC MP Kerry Diotte’s bill which seeks 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, will be called for its second hour of debate at second reading on Wednesday evening.  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-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

Short title: Crimean Tatar Deportation (“Sürgünlik”) Memorial Day Act

Bill summary: “This enactment designates the eighteenth day of May, in each and every year, as “Crimean Tatar Deportation (“Sürgünlik”) Memorial Day” in recognition of the mass deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1944.”

 

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

  • The standing committee on fisheries and oceans will continue reviewing changes to the Fisheries Act. Representatives from the First Nations Fisheries Council, the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada and the Pacific Streamkeepers Federation are expected to take questions.
  • Representatives from Google and Google Canada have been invited to appear before the standing committee on the status of women, as part of the ongoing study on violence against young women and girls in Canada.
  • Members of the foreign affairs committee will meet behind closed doors for one hour on Wednesday afternoon for a briefing from Global Affairs officials on the situation in Eastern Europe and Central Asia 25 years after the end of the Cold War.  During the second hour, members will shift their attention to testimony from the founding chair of the Centre for Human Rights, as part of the reviews on the Freezing the Assets of Corrupt Officials Act and the Special Economic Measures Act.

Today’s Senate committee meetings

  • Senior officials from Global Affairs Canada and Dr. Andrew P.W. Bennett from CARDUS will appear before senators on the human rights committee to discuss broadly, Canada’s international and national human rights obligations.
  • Finance minister Bill Morneau has a scheduled appearance before senators on the social affairs, science and technology committee for a discussion of Bill C-26 (An Act to amend the Canadian Pension Plan, the Canada Pension Investment Board Act and the Income Tax Act) and will be joined by Finance Canada and OSFI officials.   At a second meeting on C-26 later in the evening, senators will have the opportunity to question representatives from the Canadian Labour Congress among other witnesses.
  • Senator Terry Mercer has been invited to appear before the special committee on Senate modernization to discuss his private bill – S-213, An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1867 and the Parliament of Canada Act – that would provide for the election of the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker of the Senate.
  • Former senator Gerry St. Germain and former Liberal party leader Bob Rae have been invited to provide testimony at the banking, trade, and commerce committee in relation to the study on the development of a national Corridor in Canada as a means of enhancing and facilitating commerce and internal trade.
  • On Wednesday afternoon, Senator Lillian Eva Dyck will appear before her senate colleagues at the standing committee on legal and constitutional affairs to make the case for her private member Bill S-215 (An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sentencing for violent offences against Aboriginal Women). Representatives from the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, the Native Women’s Association of Canada and a number of lawyers will also take senators’ questions.
  • Members of the standing committee on national finance will meet to continue reviewing measures in the budget bill (C-29).  Doctors from a variety of specialties and the director of Moodys Gartner Tax Law LLP are set to appear before the committee.
  • Over at the standing committee on aboriginal peoples, senators will resume consideration of  Bill S-3 (An Act to amend the Indian Act (elimination of sex-based based inequities in registration).

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT!

Bill activity

  • PASSED: the House passed Bill C-29, the budget implementation bill on Tuesday evening and has sent it to the Senate for consideration.
  • PASSED: Bill S-4, An Act to implement a Convention and an Arrangement for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income and to amend an Act in respect of a similar Agreement, was passed by the Senate and has been sent to the House for consideration.
  • DEFEATED: Bill C-245, An Act concerning the development of a national poverty reduction strategy in Canada, sponsored by NDP MP Brigitte Sansoucy (238-52).
  • DEFEATED: Bill C-228, An Act to amend the Fisheries Act (closed containment aquaculture), sponsored by NDP MP Fin Donnelly (215-80).

 

IN THE DAYS AHEAD

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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