Daily Watch – Thursday, December 8, 2016

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Daily Watch – Thursday, December 8, 2016

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.



Today’s House committee meetings

  • Canada’s next agricultural policy framework is the order of the day once again at the standing committee on Agriculture and Agri-food.  Today’s witnesses include: representatives from the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association and Advancing Women Conference for Agriculture, as well as past president of the National Farmers Union, Stewart Wells, and current executives from the National Farmers Union – New Brunswick.
  • Transport committee members will hear testimony from a water campaigner from the Council of Canadians as part of the the review of the Navigation Protection Act.  Members will then head behind closed doors to discuss their studies on provisions of the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
  • Over at the natural resources committee, MPs are scheduled to hold another meeting on the future of Canada’s oil and gas, mining and nuclear sectors. Representatives from the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, Greenpeace Canada, and the International Union of Operating Engineers are scheduled to take the committee’s questions.
  • Health committee members will begin a new study on current blood donation restrictions on men who have sex with men. The committee has invited representatives from the Canadian AIDS Society, Canadian Blood Services and the Department of Health as the first set of witnesses.
  • Members of the standing committee on Human Resources, Skills, and Social Development will continue their examination of poverty reduction strategies. The committee will have assistance of representatives of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the City of Toronto and Working for Change, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada during Thursday’s session.
  • Officials from the Canadian Coast Guard are scheduled to appear before members of the standing committee on National Defence as part of the comprehensive study of Canada and the Defence of North America.
  • Senior Justice Canada officials and officials from the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics at StatsCan are slated to brief members of the justice and human rights committee on the issue of access to the justice system.
  • Former MP and founding chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, Irwin Cotler, will join the director of the International Women’s Rights Project at the subcommittee on international human rights for a discussion of the situation of human rights defenders.
    Several officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs will assist the standing committee on veterans affairs in their consideration of mental health and suicide prevention among veterans.
  • Over at the standing committee on environmental and sustainable development, members are set to begin a study of Bill C-18 (An Act to amend the Rouge National Urban Park Act, the Parks Canada Agency Act, and the Canada National Parks Act).
  • As part of their review of the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act (SCISA), members of the Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics committee will hear testimony from CSEC commissioner Jean-Pierre Plouffe, SIRC chair Pierre Blais, and representatives from the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
  • Procedures and House affairs committee members are expected to have a discuss of the standing orders and procedures of the House at their Thursday meeting.
  • Departmental officials have been invited to brief members of the citizenship and immigration committee as part of their discussion on the modernization of client service delivery
  • Minister Ralph Goodale is slated to appear at the public safety committee on the supplementary estimates and to discuss the retention of data by CSIS and the Federal Court decision of Thursday, November 3, 2016.  Joining the minister will be CSIS director Michel Coulombe, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson, as will as officials from CBSA, Correctional Service of Canada, and the Parole Board.

Today’s Senate committee meetings

  • The Agriculture and Forestry committee will continue its study on the acquisition of farmland and its potential impact on the farming sector. A professor of ecosystem science and a representative from National Farmers Union will join the committee.
  • Representatives from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and a professor from Simon Fraser University will take senators’ questions at the energy, the environment and natural resources committee on transitioning to a low carbon economy.
  • Executives from the Freight and Railway sectors have been invited to appear at the banking, trade and commerce committee as part of the study the development of a national corridor in Canada to facilitate commerce and internal trade.
  • Senators at the foreign affairs and international trade committee are expected to begin review of S-226, Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act.  Questions will be directed to officials from Global Affairs, representatives from the Human Rights Foundation, as well as William Browder, head of the international justice campaign for Sergei Magnitsky.
  • Two bills are scheduled to undergo clause by clause consideration at the legal and constitutional affairs committee: Bill S-230, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (drug-impaired driving) and Bill S-215, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sentencing for violent offences against Aboriginal women).
  • Following testimony from the National Pensioners Federation and the C.D. Howe Institute, senators at the social affairs, science and technology committee will do a clause by clause review of proposed CPP enhancement legislation (Bill C-26, An Act to amend the Canada Pension Plan and other Acts).



Bill activity

  • INTRODUCTION: Bill C-36, An Act to amend the Statistics Act was introduced on Wednesday, December 7.

Committee reports



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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