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MPs to debate Liberal pitch for 'twice monthly' Ebola briefings at committee

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MPs will spend the day debating the pros and cons of a Liberal-backed motion that would, if passed, require Health Minister Rona Ambrose, Public Safety Minister Stevem Blaney and Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Gregory Taylor to provide "twice monthly" briefings to the Commons health committee on the state of Canada's efforts "at home and abroad" to protect Canadians from the ongoing Ebola outbreak.  

Meanwhile, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson joins Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau and Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers at Procedure and House Affairs, where the trio will spend two hours fielding questions on a recent incident that saw New Democrat MP Yvon Godin blocked from the Commons Chamber by an overzealous security detail overseeing a visiting VIP, in this case, the German president.


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Digital privacy proposal hits the Commons floor

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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 Commons.

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 so.

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 veterans, respectively.

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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Friday we asked: 
Do you think Canada's mission against ISIS will be over in 6 months?

- Yes: 34 votes (3%)
- No: 931 votes (95%)
- Not sure: 10 votes (1%)

PM heads to Sault Ste. Marie for Q&A with Ontario hunters group

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As the Thanksgiving parliamentary break draws to a close, Prime Minister Stephen Harper heads out for a one-day swing through Sault Ste. Marie, where, alongside a gaggle of Northern Ontario and Manitoba MPs, he'll submit to a moderated Q&A with Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters executive director Angelo Lombardo before making an appearance at a party-organized "members event" this evening.  

On the opposition front, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair takes his party's new child care proposal to the Halifax Development Centre for Early Learning, while Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has back-to-back-to-back roundtable events alongside local Liberal candidates in Mirabel, Saint-Jerome and Sainte-Adele.

Finally, Green Party Elizabeth May's cross-country book tour brings her to Saskatoon, where she'll speak at McNally Robinson Booksellers before hitting the stage at the Third Avenue United Church.


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Yesterday we asked: Should CSIS have greater powers to track Cdn. terror suspects abroad?

- Yes: 458 votes (41%) 
- No: 615 votes (56%) 
- Not sure: 32 votes (3%)

Justice, public safety ministers hold closed-door confab in Banff

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As the clock ticks down on the week-long post-Thanksgiving parliamentary break, provincial and territorial justice and public safety ministers descend on Banff for a closed-door session to discuss "issues of importance" -- which, according to the provincial representatives, will include increased funding for legal aid and policing services.

Although both Justice Minister Peter MacKay and Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney will be at the table during today's in camera discussions, only Blaney is currently slated to make an announcement at the event.

According to the advisory provided by his office, the public safety minister will join officials from CSIS and the RCMP for a mid-morning media availability on news "related to Canada's national security."

Also meeting with her provincial and territorial counterparts today: Minister of State for Seniors Alice Wong in Charlottetown.


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Yesterday we asked: 
Should Parliament reopen the debate over assisted suicide?

- Yes: 998 votes (74%)
- No: 329 votes (25%)
- Not sure: 13 votes (1%)

Assisted suicide on Supreme Court agenda

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The ongoing debate over the right to die will take centre stage at the Supreme Court this morning, as judges begin hearing arguments in an appeal launched by the BC Civil Liberties Association that challenges the current ban on physician-assisted suicide on constitutional grounds.   

Outside the capital, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair heads to Toronto to sell Canadians on his party's plan to ensure "affordable childcare across Canada" during a mid-morning visit to the Ryerson Early Learning Centre.  

Meanwhile, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau meets with Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume.


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Yesterday we asked: Should public funds be used to pay for a national child-care program? Here are the results: Yes: 1202 votes (74%) No: 397 votes (24%) Not sure: 25 votes (2%) Total votes: 1624