Most recent entries for November 2012

We asked: Should Canada renew aid to the Palestinian Authority?

Here are the results:

- Yes: 83%

- No: 16%

- Not Sure: 1%

(Note: This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)

As tabled in the House of Commons earlier today, the full list of private members' business that will be added to the parliamentary priority list in the days/weeks/months ahead: 

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Pack your bags, "Senior Liberal MP David McGuinty and Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau" -- as of this afternoon, you can consider yourselves officially invited to make a voluntary appearance before the natural resources committee to explain your (respective) public musings on Albertan politicians. 

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The PM heads to Happy Valley-Goose bay to join provincial premiers Kathy Dunderdale and Darrell Dexter, as well as his embattled intergovernmental affairs minister Peter Penashue, at a hastily organized event to announce the finalization of the much-anticipated Muskrat Falls loan guarantee. 

After spending much of the fall under heavy opposition fire over his 2011 campaign expenses, Penashue now faces questions over alleged family and business connections to contractors involved in the project. 

Back on the Hill, Environment Minister Peter Kent is expected to hit the Foyer this morning to reveal the decision on an unspecified project "assessed by a [similarly unspecified] joint review panel." 

On the Commons agenda today: second reading of the Nuclear Terrorism Act, which would tighten up the laws regarding possession, trafficking and threats related to nuclear material. 

Outside the precinct, the Canadian Study of Parliament Group examines how political parties select their leaders.

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We asked: Do you trust Canada's meat inspectors?

Here are the results:

- Yes: 7%

- No: 91%

- Not Sure: 2%

(Note: This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)

As Hill denizens breathe a collective sigh of relief after being spared another multi-day marathon vote when the omnibudget debate wraps up next week, it's worth taking a closer look at the other ruling House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer handed down today. 

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With report stage debate on the omnibudget set to kick off this morning. all eyes will be on House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer, who is expected to announce which of the 1,667 omnibudget amendments on the Order Paper will be accepted, and how the ensuing votes will be grouped. 

During a somewhat testy exchange on the floor of the Commons yesterday afternoon, New Democrat house leader Nathan Cullen implored the speaker not to exercise his power to bundle together unrelated amendments, noting that such a practice could force members to vote against measures that they actually support, or vice versa. 

Government House Leader Peter Van Loan, however, urged Scheer to ensure "efficiency" by ruling hundreds of amendments out of order, and allowing just ten votes on those deemed admissible -- one for each thematic section of the bill. 

He also suggested that the right of independent members like Green Party Leader Elizabeth May to introduce substantive amendments at report stage should radically curtailed by imposing a "test" vote on a single amendment, which, in his view, would demonstrate whether there was any chance of success. 

(For her part, May intends to make the case for her 80-odd amendments to the speaker this morning.) 

OotD's prediction, for what it's worth, is that Scheer will follow the same protocol that he employed in grouping motions during report stage of the first iteration of the omnibudget bill last spring, which would likely result in approximately 48 hours of votes -- far less than requested by Cullen, but not as perfunctory as proposed by Van Loan. Stay tuned! 

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We asked: Should Canada vote against the Palestinian Authority resolution at the UN?

Here are the results:

- Yes: 13%

- No: 87%

- Not Sure: 1%

(Note: This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)

Ottawa rolls out the red carpet for Mexican president-elect Enrique Peña Nieto, who kicks off his visit to the capital with an official meet 'n' greet at Rideau Hall before heading off to the Hill for a photo op with the PM. 

The two will then retreat behind closed doors for a one-on-one meeting, with a joint statement scheduled for 3pm, which is precisely when a protest rally organized by Mexicans United for Regularization is expected to be underway on the parliamentary front lawn.The group is calling for an end to electoral fraud in Mexico, as well as deportations from Canada. 


Outside the precinct, Liberal leadership candidate-in-waiting Marc Garneau is expected to make it official this morning, when he is scheduled to make "a significant announcement" in Montreal. Later this afternoon, he'll make an appearance at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa. 

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We asked: Did the punishment fit the crime in the Rob Ford case?

Here are the results:

- Yes: 86%

- No: 14%

- Not Sure: 0%

(Note: This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)

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