Most recent entries for November 2011

There's been no shortage of quiet head-scratching amongst Commons watchers over yesterday's failed attempt by Public Safety Minister Vic Toews to introduce a raft of terrorism-related report stage amendments to the omnicrime bill, only to see all five ruled out of order by House Speaker Andrew Scheer, who concluded that they should have been brought forward at committee. 

What makes the government's eleventh hour effort to amend its own bill even more puzzling, however, is what the speaker didn't mention, perhaps out of politeness, but more likely because he simply didn't know: namely, the fact that similar amendments had, in fact, been brought forward at committee, by Liberal MP -- and former justice minister -- Irwin Cotler, whereupon the Conservative majority on the other side of the table voted down each and every one. 

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Question of the Day

Is Movember a partisan issue?

Members of Parliament who participate in Movember have split up into partisan teams, and at the top of the fundraising tally is the NDP. The NDP team (New-De-MO-crats) has raised, so far, more than $26,000, shooting it heads and shoulders above the Liberals at $13,000 and the Conservatives at $8,000.

More after the jump...
It's Wednesday, which means the Commons will be shuttered until this afternoon as the parties hold their usual weekly caucus meetings. 

When the Chamber reopens later today, the first item of business on the agenda will likely be a motion to impose time allocation on report stage and third reading of the omnibus crime bill, which will almost certainly require at least one vote and thirty minutes of bells, thus plunging the afternoon committee program into mild to medium disarray. 

Once that bit of now routine business is out of the way, MPs will resume consideration of the ffity opposition-proposed amendments that survived yesterday's ruling by the speaker, although how long they'll have to do so will, of course, be determined by the time allocation motion itself. 

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Question of the Day

Courtesy of his unfailingly helpful staff, here's the full text of House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer's ruling on the point of privilege raised by Treasury Board President Tony Clement, which he raised last week in response to an accusation by the NDP that he had deliberately edited the record of his G8-related committee appearance in order to remove his ostensible agreement to voluntarily table certain documents. 

As always, it's worth reading the whole thing, but if you're pressed for time, here's the short version: After investigating the matter, Scheer was able to declare -- categorically, even --  that "no Members or Members' staff submitted proposed changes to the transcript," and that those changes that were made "were the result of normal editing protocols being followed." He did not, however, find that the initial allegation constituted a prima facie breach of Clement's privilege as a parliamentarian. (Not surprisingly -- nor, for that matter, unreasonably -- Clement still demanded an apology from NDP MP Charlie Angus, which had not yet been delivered at press time.) 

Hit the jump to read what Scheer had to say. 
Readers may recall Irwin Cotler bringing a question of privilege to the speaker over calls to his constituents implying he would be resigning. Hit the jump to see part of Tuesday's debate on the issue.
The government's bid to dismantle the gun registry will hit the final stage of committee consideration later this morning -- but will MPs manage to complete a full clause-by-clause review in time to send it back to the House for a final vote this week? 

Check back at 11am for full coverage! 

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As noted in Orders of the Day, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson heads to committee today to defend his department's supplementary estimates requests. 

Check back at 8:45 am for full coverage!

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As flagged by the Ottawa Citizen, there's something about the wording of these queries, which will be placed on the Order Paper by NDP heritage critic Tyrone Benskin, that seems oddly familiar. 

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