Inside Politics

New Democrats challenge government over Canada-China FIPPA

For the second time this week, the New Democrats will seize control of the Commons agenda -- this time, with a motion that would advise the government "inform [China] that it will not ratify the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement."

Before that debate gets underway, however, Public Sector Integrity Commissioner Mario Dion is poised to hand down the results of yet another investigation into alleged wrongdoing -- this time, at an as yet unspecified federal tribunal, which will be posted to the commissioner's website immediately after tabling in the House, which should take place just after the doors open at 10am.

Also this morning: New Democrat labour and immigration critics Alexandre Boulerice and Jinny Sims hit the National Press Theatre, where, alongside two unnamed airline pilots, they will "condemn the abuse of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program as a means to avoid costs related to the training of Canadian workers."

Outside the Chamber, the estimates circuit is in full swing, with Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario Gary Goodyear and House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer all scheduled to appear before their respective home committees to discuss their respective spending plans for the coming year.

Interestingly, Goodyear appears to be the only regional development minister slated to appear during today's session at Industry, despite the fact that the committee will be also be voting on estimates for the Atlantic Canadian Opportunities Agency, Western Economic Diversification and the Quebec economic development agency, all of which are represented by other ministers.

Elsewhere on the committee front:

    • Conservative MP Devinder Shory's bid to strip the citizenship of dual nationals who engage in "acts of war" against the Canadian military continues to work its way through Citizenship and Immigration, with B'nai Brith senior honourary counsel David Matas on the witness list for today, as well as departmental officials.
    • Affairs, Assembly of First Nations regional chief Jody Wilson-Raybould shares her thoughts on Conservative MP Rob Clarke's proposal to increase transparency for First Nations band councils with Aboriginal Affairs
    • Official Languages begins clause-by-clause review of a New Democrat-backed proposal to require all parliamentary officers and agents to be fully bilingual.
    • Later this afternoon, Organization of American States ambassador Adam Blackwell will join executives from Gildan Activewear to discuss the situation in Honduras with the Subcommittee on International Human Rights.
    • Finally, the Special Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women will hold a closed-door meeting to deal with unspecified committee business.

Outside the precinct, Raging Grannies from Ottawa and Montreal stage an event at Library and Archives Canada, during which they will, according to the advisory, "watch in horror while Stephen Harper" -- in this case, presumably, an actor representing him -- "places gags on scientists, librarians and backbench MPs," which will inspire them to "break into song about this outrage before chasing Stephen Harper [sic] away."

Elsewhere on the ministerial circuit:

    • Veterans Affairs Minister Steve Blaney discusses his upcoming visit to Korea via teleconference, while his parliamentary secretary, Eve Adams, teams up with officials from Helmets to Hardhats Canada for a joint announcement on "important support for Veterans looking for rewarding employment opportunities" at an Ottawa construction company.
    • International Cooperation Minister Julian Fantino will attend an event related to the campaign to end polio
    • In Montreal, Agriculture parliamentary secretary Pierre Lemieux takes in the 2013 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix Gala of Champions
    • Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver "highlights the latest milestones in plans to support responsible resource development" during an appearance at a breakfast event hosted the University of Calgary School of Public Policy.
    • South of the border, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty takes part in a "working dinner" with his G7 and G20 counterparts at IMF headquarters in Washington, DC.

Also in DC today: Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney, who is slated to take part in an 'on-stage interview' with Thomson Reuters reporter Chrystia Freeland.

Finally, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair is in Vancouver, where he will speak at the United Steelworkers Convention, while Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau makes his first visit to Quebec since assuming his new role, where he will meet with the leaders of the Liberal and Coalition Avenir parties, and scrum outside the National Assembly. 

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