Most recent entries for December 2011

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With just one event listed on the schedule for today -- a mid-morning appearance in the Commons Foyer by Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, who will deliver a statement on the "relentless violence against Syrian civilians" -- it's all but official: the parliamentary precinct has finally shut down for the holiday, with regular programming not set to resume until the first Tuesday of the New Year -- barring major breaking news/events, of course. (Oh, I hope I didn't just jinx us.) 

On that note, as of later today -- and with the above caveat, of course -- your intrepid OotD chronicler/Hill correspondent will be off for two whole weeks. I'll be back on January 12th, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and ready to take on 2012. 

In the meantime, for up to the minute dispatches from the precinct and beyond, keep your eye on the Parliament Hill Ticker below -- or, alternatively, bookmark it and check back throughout the day. 

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With just two days left before the holiday hiatus begins in earnest, the government good news circuit kicks into high gear for a final pre-holiday blitz as four ministers (Denis Lebel, Joe Oliver, James Moore and Steven Fletcher) and three Conservative MPs (Pierre Poilievre, Scott Armstrong and Michelle Rempel) fan out across the country to deliver painstakingly synchronized announcements on "future air travel between Canada and the United States" at airports in Bagotville, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Halifax and  Calgary. 

Just what the septet will be revealing is, as yet, unspecified, although given the hype that the PMO event bookers are clearly trying to drum up, one can at least tentatively presume that it will be welcomed by harried travelers, although it seems somewhat unlikely that any easing of the current border-crossing process would take effect before the holiday crush.  

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In an end-of-sitting interview last week, Government House Leader Peter Van Loan argued that those proposed amendments to the omnibus crime bill that his government tried, and failed, to put forward at report stage were "not the same" as those tabled at committee by Liberal MP Irwin Cotler. 

"They are actually different," he told reporters. "Did you actually read them and compare them side by side?" 

Actually, yes, now that you mention it.. 

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When it comes to the legislative-work-in-progress that is the bill to dismantle the gun registry, it seems that the Conservative Party isn't going to let the government's still somewhat inexplicable decision to leave the bill in question languishing on the Order Paper in pre-report stage stasis daunt its perennial penchant for free coverage

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Well, other than a finance ministers' meeting in British Columbia, that is. 

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Question of the Day

... and to all a good break. (No, that doesn't mean OotD is going on hiatus just yet.) 

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