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OotD: So long, relatively collegial, cooperative House of Commons!

After a relatively quiet and collegial week on the legislative agenda, Government House Leader Peter Van Loan may want to dust off his trusty time allocation motion template in anticipation of the abrupt end to cross-aisle cooperation that will likely be triggered by Jason Kenney's latest bid to tighten up Canada's immigration regime, which hits the Commons floor for the first round of second reading debate today.

Among other things, C-43  would  "limit review mechanisms for certain foreign nationals and permanent residents" deemed inadmissible "on such grounds as serious criminality," as well as allow the government to deny temporary resident status to foreign nationals "based on public policy consideration, as well as require "the mandatory imposition of minimum conditions" on any foreign national or permanent resident who is the subject of either a report on inadmissibility on the grounds of security, a removal order for similar reasons or "named in a certificate that is referred to by the Federal Court."  (For more background, check out Laura Payton's rundown.)  

Given the opposition reaction to Kenney's previous forays into expulsion-related reforms, it's a good bet that this latest initiative will spark considerable consternation on the opposition side of the Chamber, which may explain why the minister will obligingly make himself available to reporters in the Foyer just before the debate is scheduled to get underway, although it's worth noting that there's nothing stopping his critics from following suit. 

Meanwhile, on the committee front, the Great Fall Committee Reboot begins this afternoon, with Veterans Affairs, Finance and Public Safety set to gather to elect -- or, as is the case for most committees, reelect -- their respective chairs and vice-chairs. For a full rundown of membership changes, click here.

Later this afternoon, Conservative MP John Weston hits the stage at the Centre Block press theatre to talk up his private members' bill to "formalize National Health and Fitness Day," a concept that, the advisory points out, is "already supported by local governments and fitness advocates" across the country.

Meanwhile, just a few blocks away from the Hill, Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney takes part in a Canadian Council of Chief Executives-hosted panel discussion on 'Canada in the Pacific Century' at the Ottawa Convention Centre. 

Elsewhere in Ottawa, Defence Minister Peter MacKay attends the 4th International Conference of Ombudsman Institutions of the Armed Forces, where he will stress "the importance of a combined effort to ensure fair treatment and support for the defence family."

Outside the precinct, Human Resources Minister Diane Finley is in Hamilton to provide "keynote remarks" at the annual general meeting of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver kicks off National Forest Week in Papineauville, where he will "highlight the importance" of the industry by delivering a new "investment" to a local hardwood flooring company. 

Finally, the Canadian Space Agency marks astronaut Chris Hadfield's final visit to Canada before heading out -- or, in this case, up, up and away -- for a six-month stint in space. 

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