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Tom Mulcair to reveal new health policy while Justin Trudeau talks US politics

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New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair will unveil another plank in his party's pre-election platform during a mid-afternoon speech at the Canadian Museum of History, where he's slated to take part in a conference on the link between public health and nutrition.

Also this afternoon, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will take on the role of questioner during a "sit-down interview" with Maryland Governor and "rumoured" Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley at an afternoon event organized by Canada 2020.

Back on the Hill, MPs retreat behind closed doors for their regularly scheduled weekly caucus confabs, where a new proposal to set up a subcommittee to study how to handle allegations of harassment between MPs will be on the agenda for all three parties.

Over on the Senate side, the Senate Liberals will hold an "open caucus" on climate change, which will include presentations by Environment Commissioner Julie Gelfand, Stanford University professor Marc Jacobson, author Tim Rand and Carbon Tracker researcher James Leaton.

When the Commons Chamber reopens for business this afternoon, MPs will get their first chance to opine on the government's proposal to change Canada's gun laws, which is slated to begin second reading debate today.  

The government's proposal to boost the powers of Canada's spy agency to monitor and track suspected terrorists will undergo a second -- and final -- round of committee review at Public Safety, where members will have just two hours to hear from the only non-governmental witnesses slated to appear: University of Ottawa law professors Craig Forcese and Wesley Wark, Canadian Police Association president Tomn Stamatakis, University of Toronto law professor Kent Roach, Royal Canadian Military College professor Christian Leuprecht and Simon Fraser University associate professor Garth Davies.


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Auditor General Michael Ferguson hands down fall report

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Auditor General Michael Ferguson is set to hand down his fall report later this morning, which will include his findings on mental health support for veterans, financial support for the auto sector, Canada's response to international humanitarian crises and relocation services at National Defence.

The report is expected to be tabled in the House of Commons just after 10am ET, and Ferguson will take questions from reporters  later this morning.

Back in the Chamber, the government's bid to create the Rouge National Urban Park undergoes report stage consideration, which will be followed, if time allows, by a final round of debate on the 'Veterans Hiring Act.'

Later tonight, MPs will spend one final hour discussing Conservative MP Laurie Hawn's motion on care for veterans.

Meanwhile, the fall supplementary estimates circuit is in full swing, with Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford, Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover and National Defence Minister Rob Nicholson all scheduled to appear before their respective home committees.

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Yesterday we asked: Should Canada expand its mission to bomb ISIS targets in Syria?

Here are the results:

Yes: 373 votes (23%)
No: 1255 votes (76%)
Not sure: 21 votes (1%)
Total votes: 1649

MPs to quiz CSIS chief on government's latest bid to boost spy agency's powers

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MPs will get their first opportunity to quiz Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney on the fine print of his bid to boost the powers of Canada's foreign intelligence agency to monitor and track suspected terrorists overseas when he appears before the House public safety committee this afternoon alongside his deputy minister, Francois Guimont, Canadian Security Intelligence Service director Michael Coulombe and officials from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.  

Meanwhile, the Senate national security committee carries on with  its more wide-ranging investigation into threats facing Canada with testimony from Muslim Canadian Congress founder Tarek Fatah as well as Muslims Facing Tomorrow director Syed Raza and SecDev Foundation senior fellow Rafal Rohozinski.


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Friday we asked: Do you support sending Alberta oil east through Ontario and Quebec?

- Yes: 942 votes (44%)
- No: 1147 votes (54%) 
- Not sure: 50 votes (2%)

Halifax Forum to be launched by Rob Nicholson, Peter MacKay

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As Parliament Hill prepares to shut down for the weekend, the Halifax International Security Forum is set to get underway later this morning.

According to the advisory, Defence Minister Rob Nicholson will kick off the annual event alongside Justice Minister Peter MacKay -- who is not only his predecessor at Defence, but also the regional minister for Nova Scotia -- at 11:30 AST. 

Among those scheduled to speak over the course of the three-day event: Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, Public Safety Minister Steve Blaney, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson, Chief of Defence Staff Tom Lawson, United States Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman and US senators John McCain and Ted Cruz.

Meanwhile, Employment Minister Jason Kenney is in Toronto, where he'll go behind closed doors with his provincial and territorial counterparts to to discuss "skills training and labour market challenges." 


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Thursday we asked: Should government base fiscal policies on lobby group data?

- Yes: 12 votes (1%)
- No: 1213 votes (98%)
- Not sure: 11 votes (1%)

Humanitarian, military efforts in Iraq on the Hill agenda

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As the parliamentary work week draws to a close, MPs will turn their attention to a government-backed bid to establish a publicly accessible registry targeting high-risk child sex offenders, among other measures designed to, as the title puts it, ensure "tougher penalties for child predators."

Although the bill in question has been languishing at second reading since before the House rose for the summer, Government House Leader Peter Van Loan has already given notice of a time allocation motion that would hasten its dispatch to committee.  

Outside the Chamber, representatives from the Iran Human Rights Documentation Centre and the Catholic Near East Welfare Association join University of Waterloo associate professor Bessma Momani share their thoughts on Canada's response to ISIS with Foreign Affairs members.

Later this afternoon, Defence officials will hold a technical briefing to update reporters on the status of the ongoing military mission in Iraq. 


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Power & Politics' Ballot Box question

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Yesterday we asked: Do you believe Michael Sona acted alone in the robocall scandal?

- Yes: 36 votes (2%)
- No: 1470 votes (97%)
- Not sure: 12 votes (1%)