Inside Politics

MPs to debate Canada Post service cuts

MPs will get their first chance to share their views on those controversial cuts to Canada Post door-to-door service today as the New Democrats kick off the winter supply cycle with a non-binding motion that would, if passed, see the House "express its opposition to Canada becoming the only country in the G7 without such a service."

Later today, Commons occupants will turn their attention to a proposal put forward by Conservative backbencher Blaine Calkins that would require union certification and decertification votes to be conducted by secret ballot.

Outside the Chamber, representatives from the Public Service Alliance of Canada and other public service unions join veterans from affected communities to discuss the impact of the closure of Veterans Affairs offices across Canada at a mid-morning press conference.

Elsewhere on the Hill media circuit, the National Council of Canadian Muslims, which describes itself as "a prominent Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization," hits the Centre Block press theatre to respond to what the release alleges was a "false accusation" made by PMO communications director Jason MacDonald to a national media organization in which he suggested the organization had "documented ties to a terrorist organization, such as Hamas."

On the committee front, International Trade continues its review of the putative Canada European trade agreement.

Meanwhile, a full phalanx of cabinet colleagues -- Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay, International Trade Minister Ed Fast and Minister of State for Small Business Maxime Bernier -- will be on hand for optics support as Treasury Board President Tony Clement turns a downtown fitness studio into a backdrop for the release of the "inaugural red tape reduction report."

According to the Notice Paper, Clement intends to introduce a related bill later this week.

Also out and about today: Health Minister Rona Ambrose heads to Goulbourn for a roundtable on nutrition with "Canadian parents," and Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover makes an appearance at the annual public meeting of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Finally, Interim Privacy Commissioner Chantal Bernier will issue a special report on "privacy protection in an era of cyber-surveillance," which will be tabled in the House this morning. 

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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