In today’s edition:

  • Tax conventions and arrangement bill goes before the House
  • Former MP Irwin Cotler brings his expertise on international human rights to House committee
  • Minister Goodale and CSIS director to face questions at public safety committee
  • Ethics committee to question CSEC commissioner and SIRC chair on information sharing Act
  • Finance committee presents pre-budget consultations report


Government business

On Thursday morning when the Chamber’s doors open, members in the House are scheduled to begin debate on Bill S-4, the Tax Convention and Arrangement Implementation Act, 2016, which was recently passed by the Senate.  The bill seeks to implement a convention between Canada and Israel with respect to tax evasion and avoidance, it will implement an arrangement between Canada and Taiwan on the elimination of tax barriers to trade, and will update the Canada–Hong Kong Tax Agreement Act, 2013 to add clarity to certain definitions in the existing tax agreement.

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

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


Private members’ business

CPC MP Arnold Viersen’s motion which calls on the health committee study the issue of sexual online material, is set to receive it final hour of debate on Thursday evening before a vote is called.  If a vote is requested, it will be scheduled for Tuesday, December 13.

Text of motion: That the Standing Committee on Health be instructed to examine the public health effects of the ease of access and viewing of online violent and degrading sexually explicit material on children, women and men, recognizing and respecting the provincial and territorial jurisdictions in this regard, and that the said Committee report its findings to the House no later than July 2017.