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Orders of the Day - Robocalls election challenges set to begin at Federal Court

As the last week of the fall sitting begins, Hill denizens may find their collective attention drifting just slightly west of the precinct this morning -- specifically, towards the Federal Court of Canada, where the Council of Canadians-backed robocalls election challenge is scheduled to get underway this morning, and continue through the week.

Back in the Chamber, the final supply day of the fall sitting will be devoted to a full airing out of the pros and cons of the government's decision to allow China-owned CNOOC to buy its way into the oilsands by approving the Nexen takeover, courtesy of the following motion, which stands in the name of NDP trade critic Peter Julian:

 That this House agrees with the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, that is asking the government, with respect to the Investment Canada Act, to: (a) clarify the net benefit test; (b) include parameters concerning reciprocity; (c) improve the transparency of decisions; and (d) set specific criteria for state-owned companies to meet regarding net benefit requirements for foreign company takeover bids in order to protect the Canadian economy from potential foreign government interference.
Later tonight, members will get the chance to spend still more quality time in the Commons as they vote on the latest batch of supplementary estimates, which could see them spending an hour or so on their feet if recorded divisions are required.

Hitting the media circuit this morning: Green Party leader Elizabeth May joins New Democrat MP Randall Garrison to mark the tenth anniversary of the arrest and detention of Mohamed Harkat, with Harkat himself also scheduled to be in attendance, and a "rally/special visual" slated to unfold on the steps of Centre Block before the press conference begins.

Meanwhile, representatives from Canadian Friends of a Democratic Iran -- including former MP David Kilgour -- hold a press conference to "urge the release of all political prisoners," as well as the referral of that country's "human rights dossier" to the UN Security Council.

Also running the gallery gauntlet: Liberal leadership contender Marc Garneau will share his thoughts on telecommunications policy in the first official announcement of his campaign, and this afternoon, Canadian Union of Public Employees regional presidents will discuss the impact of recent employment insurance changes on Atlantic Canadian workers.

Just outside the precinct, The Chateau Laurier will serve as venue as "key national organizations," including the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Canadian Human Rights Museum and the Canadian Teachers Federation, launch a "major human rights initiative in Canadian schools."

On the ministerial circuit today:

  • Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney heads to Mississauga to unveil the details of his latest plan to attract needed tradespeople.
  • Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver "addresses investors from around the world" at a Toronto symposium hosted by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, during which he will "highlight the importance" of Canada's natural resources sector, as well as "the Harper Government's plan for Responsible Resource Development."
  • Back in Ottawa, Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal heads to Viscount Alexander Public School, where, accompanied by an entourage of Olympic athletes and his parliamentary secretary, he will make an announcement on PartipACTION.
  • Finally, later this afternoon, the PM will take part in a Menorah lighting ceremony at his official residence on Sussex Drive. 
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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