Inside Politics

Happy By-Election(s) Day, everyone!

With the eyes of the Hill firmly, if impatiently, fixed on the voters of Bourassa, Toronto-Centre, Brandon Souris and Provencher in anticipation of what could be a long and fascinating night on the by-election front, the House will turn its attention to the government's bid to "increase the level of safety and transparency of offshore petroleum activities," which is currently at second reading.

Later this afternoon, Justice Minister Peter MacKay will join Industry Minister James Moore and Quebec Senator Pierre-Hughes Boisvenu in the Commons Foyer to discuss unspecified "upcoming criminal justice legislation" - most likely the return of the bill to tighten the rules for those deemed not not criminally responsible due to mental disorder, which died on the Order Paper at prorogation, but is on notice for reintroduction later today.

Also on the Hill media circuit today:

  • Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch teams up with opposition critics Niki Ashton and Hedy Fry, as well as the Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, for the official launch of the 2013 Rose Campaign to "end violence against women and girls."
  • "Prominent" Yemeni "journalist and human rights advocate" Farea Al-Muslimi hits the Centre Block press theatre to "caution against armed drones."
  • House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer welcomes his Ukrainian counterpart, Verkhovna Rada.

On the committee agenda this afternoon:

Outside the precinct, International Trade kicks off its cross-country hearings on the Canadian European free trade deal with a half-day session in Halifax.

Also out and about today:

  • Treasury Board President Tony Clement talks open data with Humber College students and "technology enthusiasts."
  • In Calgary, Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel lauds his government for its investments in infrastructure at the fall conference of the Canadian Urban Transit Association.
  • Elsewhere in the province, Minister of State for Science Greg Rickford drops by a Leduc machine shop and tours TEC Edmonton.

Finally, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will watch tonight's by-election results come in from Bourassa, where he's set to appear at a post-vote rally with his party's candidate, Emmanuel Dubourg.

At press time. New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair has no by-election-related public events on his itinerary -- according to his office, he'll be in Ottawa this evening. 

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. 

Mobile-friendly auto-updating text feed available here

NOTE: Updates added in reverse chronological (newer to older) order.

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