Inside Politics

Let the late-night sittings begin!

Thanks to the motion passed -- under closure -- yesterday evening, the pre-recess legislative blitz mode as the Conservatives scramble to get as many bills through the Commons as possible before the clock runs out. 

On the House to-do list today: report stage debate of the government's bid to modernize the rail safety regime, as well as its proposal to tighten up the witness protection system.

Outside the Chamber, Liberal MPs Marc Garneau, Ralph Goodale and Judy Foote hit the National Press Theatre, where the trio will detail the questions that, in their view, the PM 'must answer' on what the party has dubbed 'the PMO ethics scandal.'

Meanwhile, in an effort to "highlight the seriousness of the cutbacks to the Trent Servern Waterway System," Trent Lakes Mayor Janet Clarkson will lead a busload of local politicians and "long-time business owners" to Ottawa to share their concerns over the effect that the "deterioration of this recreational and economic gem" will have on area tourism and, ultimately, the economy.

Also on the Hill today: The Canadian Medical Association hosts a "health checkup" breakfast for MPs, senators and journalists, and representatives from FRAPRU and other Quebec social justice groups release a "troubling report on the respect of housing rights."

On the committee front, the parsing of the budget implementation bill is well underway, with no fewer than five committees -- Finance, Veterans Affairs, Citizenship and Immigration, Foreign Affairs and Industry -- fully embarked in scrutinizing the specific sections to which they have been respectively assigned.

Over at Human Resources, Labour Minister Lisa Raitt fields questions on the main estimates, while at Fisheries and Oceans, MPs look into the state of the lobster fishery.

This afternoon, Public Accounts goes behind closed doors to work on a backlog of reports, as well as discuss the committee's current policy on 'information requests during public hearings,' and later this evening, the Special Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women will hear from Status of Women director general Linda Savoie.

On the ministerial circuit:

  • Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz recaps his trade mission to Russia and Kazakhstan, while Transport Minister Denis Lebel makes himself available to reporters seeking details on the now concluded International Transport Forum Summit that he attended earlier this week.
  • Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver delivers his now standard pro-resource stump speech at a convention of Quebec economists, and Industry Minister Christian Paradis talks aerospace initiatives at an Aero Montreal seminar in Saint-Laurent.
  • Justice Minister Rob Nicholson drops by the newly renamed Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre in Calgary, armed with a fresh load of government funding.

Finally, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau heads to Fredericton, where he'll meet with "members of the public" at the Regent Mall before making his way to the provincial legislature.


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