NDP election platform to be previewed during House debate
Also today: Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Brampton, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau in Calgary
The New Democrats will devote their third supply day of the sitting to a motion that would, if passed, have the House urge the government to "take immediate action to build a balanced economy, support the middle class and encourage manufacturing and small business job creation" by implementing various key measures included in the NDP election platform, including extending the accelerated cost capital allowance, dropping the income tax rate for small businesses and bringing in an "Innovation Tax Credit."
Later today, Conservative MP Mark Adler will present a Senate-initiated motion to establish Journey to Freedom Day, which would "commemorate the exodus of Vietnamese refugees and their acceptance in Canada after the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War."
Also on the Hill today: A coalition of Canadian international aid agencies, including Oxfam Quebec, Inter Pares and the Canadian Council for International Cooperation, gather on the steps of Centre Block to launch the 'We Can Do Better 2015' campaign, which calls on Canada to "be a leader on the global stage" in its efforts to "tackle inequality, climate change and women’s rights."
Meanwhile, Liberal MP Irwin Cotler and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May team up with a group of Venezuelan human rights activists — Venezuelan Party Voluntad Popular coordinator Carlos Vecchio, Diana Lopez and Orlando Viera-Blanco — to demand the release of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, an "end to the persecution" of former presidential candidate María Corina Machado, and, more generally, "draw attention to the deteriorating human rights situation in Venezuela."
This afternoon, those same activists are slated to share their stories at the Subcommittee on International Human Rights.
Elsewhere on the committee front:
- Industry Minister James Moore and a phalanx of senior departmental officials field questions on his government's latest proposal to tweak Canada's digital privacy regime at Industry.
- Foreign Affairs continues its seemingly interminable study into Canada's response to the "violence, religious persecution and dislocation" caused by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), with today's witnesses — from the Washington, DC-based Stimson Centre and the Foundation for Defence of Democracies — slated to appear by video.
- Status of Women hears from the Native Women's Association of Canada, University of Calgary researcher Lana Wells, the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia and the South Asian Legal Clinic as members continue their investigation into "promising practices to prevent violence against women."
Outside the precinct, Prime Minister Stephen Harper heads back to the Greater Toronto Area for the second time in less than a week to take part in a photo op at a Brampton-based shipping warehouse alongside local MPs Bal Gosal and Parm Gill.
Other out of town events:
- In Val d'Or, Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel delivers a fresh load of federal cash as part of a "major announcement" at Uniboard Canada.
- Defence Minister Rob Nicholson provides an update on Canada's ongoing military mission in Iraq via telephone from Brussels, where he has been meeting with his NATO counterparts.
- Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz hits the circuit in Washington, where, according to the advisory, he will "reinforce Canada's position on United States (U.S.) Country of Origin Labelling."
Finally, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau treks to Calgary for an evening rally with local candidates and party supporters.