After just two hours on the floor of the House of Commons, the Conservatives are set to impose a deadline on the first round of debate on its sweeping proposal to expand the powers of Canadian law and intelligence agencies to monitor, track and arrest those suspected of harbouring terrorist sympathies.
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Later this morning, Government House Leader Peter Van Loan will put forward a motion to send the bill to a preliminary vote early next week, although it's not yet clear exactly how more days — or hours — will be allocated for debate in the interim.
Outside the Chamber, New Democrat MP Peter Stoffer will brief reporters on a new private members' bid to "Stop the Bus" — or, in this case, the use of omnibus bills in both the House and Senate.
Also running the Hill media gauntlet today:
Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment plays host to visiting Cornell professors Dr. Michelle Bamberger and Dr. Robert Oswald, "world experts in veterinary medicine," according to the advisory, who will "share their ground-breaking research on the health effects of fracking for farm animals."
Outside the precinct, Defence Minister Jason Kenney and Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O'Toole are among those slated to speak at the annual Conference of Defence Associations security and defence summit, which will get underway at the Chateau Laurier later this morning.
On the committee front:
- Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson fields questions on the MPs' conflict of interest code during an appearance at Procedure and House Affairs, which is conducting a review of the rules.
- Over at Industry, meanwhile, MPs continue to go through the fine print of the government's proposed changes to Canada's digital privacy laws with the help of legal experts from the Canadian Bar Association, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic.
- Citizenship and Immigration members will draw on the knowledge and experience of a gaggle of departmental officials as they looks into "promoting economic prosperity through settlement services."
- Finance resumes consideration of the pros and cons of establishing a renminbi trading centre in Canada while listening to what the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Canada China Business Council and the British Columbia finance department have to add to the discussion.
- United Nations Population Fund external affairs director Dianne Stewart shares her thoughts by video as Foreign Affairs investigates the "protection of children and youth in developing countries," with representatives from Street Kids International and Save the Children Canada also expected to testify.
- Agriculture explores the benefits of "promoting domestic trade … by reducing interprovincial barriers" with a panel of witnesses that includes the Canadian Pork Council, Spirits Canada, Cereals Canada and the Canadian Produce Marketing Association.
- On the Senate side of the Hill, Legal and Constitutional Affairs gets a briefing on Independent MP Maria Mourani's proposal to crack down on human trafficking from the MP herself, as well as Criminal Lawyers' Association member Leo Russomanno and a detective sergeant from the Montreal Police Service.
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