Anti-terror bill, 'O Canada' lyrics in the Commons spotlight today
Also today: Students, activists share new evidence in Charter challenge of Fair Elections Act
When the House opens for business today, MPs will have one more chance to share their thoughts on the government's counter-terror proposals, which are currently scheduled to be put to a vote later this evening.
Before that gets underway, however, the House will spend an hour considering the pros and cons of Liberal MP Mauril Belanger's bid to update the English version of Canada's national anthem by replacing the words "thy sons" with "of us" — "thus," according to the summary, "making it gender neutral."
Also on the Hill this morning: Representatives from the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Federation of Students hit the stage at the National Press Theatre, where they will reveal new evidence to be filed in their ongoing Charter challenge of the Fair Elections Act.
On the committee front:
- After an hour-long in camera briefing by unnamed House of Commons officials, the MP Code of Conduct Subcommittee opens its doors for the second half of this afternoon's session, during which they'll hear from Toronto lawyer Catherine Beagan Flood and Simon Fraser University political science professor Andrew Heard.
- Over at Justice, MPs consider Conservative MP Colin Mayes' proposal to "increase parole ineligibility," with victims advocate Sharon Rosenfeldt, Criminal Lawyers' Association director Howard Krongold and BC Civil Liberties Association executive director Josh Paterson all scheduled to share their thoughts on the bill, as are Correctional Service of Canada Commissioner Don Head and Parole Board policy director Suzanne Brisebois.
- On the Senate side, National Security and Defence continues its study into "security threats facing Canada" with testimony from Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security, and Society co-directors Daniel Hiebert and Lorne Dawson, as well as representatives from the Islamic Social Services Association and Muslim Youth and Family Services.
Outside the precinct, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair delivers a lunch speech to the Halifax Chamber of Commerce before heading to Dartmouth to, according to the advisory, "take part in the ceremonial puck drop at the Central Minor Hockey Federation play-off game between the Cole Harbour Bel Ayr Wings and the Halifax Hawks."
Meanwhile, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is in Oakville, where he's set to talk "transit and housing" during a roundtable discussion with "regional mayors."
Also in the Greater Toronto Area today: Minister of State for Finance Kevin Sorenson, who is scheduled to host a mid-morning "pre-budget roundtable" at the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce in Brampton before heading to an Etobicoke YMCA to outline new federal support to "help Canadians with disabilities find jobs."
Elsewhere in the GTA, Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay drops by India Rainbow Community Services of Peel to unveil a new "financial investment" in the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program and launches a new video to promote the program.
Finally, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz attends Wild Oats Grainworld 2015 in Winnipeg.