Daily Watch — Wednesday, December 14, 2016

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Daily Watch — Wednesday, December 14, 2016

In today’s edition:

  • Parliament’s winter break is near
  • Senate amends budget bill and bounces it back to the House
  • OAS secretary general to brief foreign affairs committee
  • CETA bill undergoes clause by clause consideration at trade committee
  • Former minister Irwin Cotler heads to Senate committee
  • The late Mauril Bélanger’s bill to change O Canada’s lyrics goes before Senate committee


Government business

No items have been listed for government business on Wednesday’s projected order of business, indicating that the adjournment of the House for the winter break may be near.  However, unanimous consent is needed for the House to rise before Friday and a motion will have to be moved by the government house leader in the chamber.

Of note: late on Tuesday night, Senators passed the budget bill (C-29) with amendment and “ordered that message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed this bill with an amendment, to which it desires its concurrence”.  The bill will need to come back to the House for quick approval in its amended form before it can receive Royal Assent.


Private members’ business

If the House proceeds with private members’ business today, MPs will finish up the debate on Liberal MP Sven Spengemann’s bill which seeks to establish the first week of October every year as gender equality week.

Bill C-309, An Act to establish Gender Equality Week



Today’s House committee meetings

  • Members of the standing committee on foreign affairs will welcome Secretary General of the Organization of  American States, H.E. Luis Leonardo Almagro Lemes for a briefing at Wednesday afternoon’s meeting.
  • Clause-by-clause consideration of 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) is the order of the day at the standing committee on international trade. Officials from Global Affairs, including chief negotiator Steve Verheul, will be on hand to address any technical questions from MPs.
  • Over at the industry and fisheries committees, members will resume their work on draft reports from their studies of the manufacturing sector and Northern cod stocks, respectively.

Today’s Senate committee meetings

  • Senator David Tkachuk will appear before colleagues on the foreign affairs and international trade committee to discuss his private bill- S-219, An Act to deter Iran-sponsored terrorism, incitement to hatred, and human rights violations. The committee will also consider bill S-226, the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act, and will welcome former minister Irwin Cotler from the Raoul Wallenburg Centre for Human Rights as a witness.
  • Senators on the social affairs, science and technology committee will meet to consider the late Mauril Bélanger’s bill to make the national anthem gender neutral (C-210, An Act to Amend the National Anthem Act).  Senator Nancy Ruth (sponsor in the Senate) will appear before colleagues to make the case for the bill and will be joined in the discussion by president of Mount Saint Vincent University Ramona Lumpkin and rowing athlete Kristen Kit.
  • The special committee on Senate modernization will meet to hear testimony from Carleton university professor Philippe Lagassé on how to make the Senate more effective within the current constitutional framework.  Also appearing via videoconference will be Simon Fraser University professor Andrew Heard.
  • The selection committee will hold a meeting to discuss committee membership changes and to elect a new deputy chair.



Votes and bill activity

  1. DEFEATED: vote to concur in the second report of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform (concurrence debate took place on Thursday, December 8).
  2. PASSED: motion to refer Bill C-30, Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Implementation Act to the trade committee for review.
  3. PASSED: motion to refer Bill C-31, An Act to implement the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Ukraine to the trade committee for review.
  4. DEFEATED: Bill C-235,  An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (fetal alcohol disorder), sponsored by Liberal MP Larry Bagnell.
  5. DEFEATED: Bill C-306, Crimean Tatar Deportation (“Sürgünlik”) Memorial Day Act, sponsored by CPC MP Kerry Diotte.
  6. PASSED: M-73, motion on German Heritage Month, sponsored by Liberal MP Marwan Tabbara.

Committee reports



Thursday, December 15, 2016

  • Private members’ business — Bill C-238, National Strategy for Safe and Environmentally Sound Disposal of Lamps Containing Mercury Act — (resuming debate, third reading) — Sponsor: Darren Fisher (MP for Dartmouth—Cole Harbour) 

Friday, December 16, 2016

  • Private members’ business — Bill C-227, An Act to amend the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act (community benefit) — (report stage) — Sponsor: Ahmed Hussen (MP for York South—Weston)

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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