As the House of Commons re-opens for business following the week-long
Thanksgiving recess, the first item of business on the parliamentary agenda will
be Conservative MP Laurie Hawn's private members' bid to ensure a "continuum of
care" for veterans," which will be debated for the first time this morning.
Once that wraps up, the Chamber will turn its attention to the government's
proposed "Digital Privacy Act," which made its legislative debut in the Senate,
where it eventually found its way through third reading, and is now before the
According to the Order Paper, the Conservatives will take the rare step of
referring the bill to committee before second reading, which will allow for more
expansive -- and substantive -- amendment by MPs, should they feel the need to do
Meanwhile, two House committees -- Public Safety and
Veterans Affairs -- retreat behind closed doors to discuss unspecified committee business, and the government's proposal to "enhance hiring opportunities" for
Over at Environment, MPs resume their ongoing review municipal solid waste management,
while Finance continues with its extended pre-budget consultation sessions.
Also on the Hill today: Assembly of First Nations National Chief
Ghislain Picard teams up with First Nations Child and Family
Caring Society of Canada executive director Cindy Blackstock to share
the details of a joint human rights complaint against the government for what
the advisory describes as "discrimination against First Nations children."
Outside the precinct, both New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair
and Minister of State for Finance Kevin Sorenson are slated at
the Credit Union Government Relation Forum, which gets underway this morning at
the Delta Ottawa City Centre.
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