Inside Politics

OotD: Welcome to the Hill, Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete/Supreme Court nominee Richard Wagner!

In what may turn out to be the least suspenseful reveal in recent memory, New Democrat natural resources critic Peter Julian is set to deliver his party's verdict on the CNOOXen takeover bid later this morning, which, given the tone taken so far, would seem to be a foregone conclusion, but who knows? He may well outline the steps that could be taken to mollify the NDP's oft-stated concerns about allowing a state-owned company to control an increasingly hefty chunk of the oil sands. 

Meanwhile, the PM plays host to visiting Tanzanian president Jakaya M. Kikwete, who will also be feted and welcomed by various parliamentary dignitaries.

Back in the Chamber, members will spend another day on the government's bid to hasten the process by which "foreign criminals" can be expelled from Canada.

Later this afternoon, an ad hoc committee of parliamentarians will spend three hours interviewing the PM's most recent Supreme Court nominee, Quebec judge Richard Wagner.

Elsewhere on the committee front:

Government Operations
members get a crash course in the effectiveness of public-private partnerships, courtesy of PPP Canada CEO John McBride

Over at Health, the investigation into vaccine priority lists during pandemics continues with appearances by the International Association of Fire Fighters, the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs and MD Ambulance Care

At Industry, Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association president Jim Keon shares his thoughts on Canada's intellectual property regime. Also on the witness list: Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization, University of Waterloo research vice-president George Dixon and, by video conference, University of New Brunswick law professor Norman Siebrasse.

Later today, CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais will brief Canadian Heritage members on the agency's "future and mandate."

Meanwhile, Transport will devote the first part of today's session to "innovative transportation technologies" before moving onto a motion from NDP MP Olivia Chow to "conduct a short study" on cuts to Via Rail services, and the potential impact "rail abandonment" might have on rural and remote communities.

Finally, Procedure and House Affairs will consider a motion from Liberal house leader that would see the committee consider appropriate parameters for omnibus legislation, which seems fated to fall to the Conservative majority when it comes to a vote, not that there will be any record of such a decision; despite the fact that today's meeting is currently set to be public, if past practice is any indication of what the immediate future holds, it will almost certainly be forced behind closed doors within moments of the gavel hitting the table.

At least Garneau will be permitted to discuss his proposal, if not the reaction it elicits from government members, without fear of breaching parliamentary privilege.

His opposition colleagues on International Trade -- NDP MP Don Davies and Liberal MP Wayne Easter -- are prohibited from doing so, as the portion of the meeting during which their respective motions are scheduled to be discussed has already been designated in camera.

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