Inside Politics

House debates CSEC surveillance as new election laws unveiled

Hot on the heels of last night's Senate committee appearance by the heads of CSIS and CSEC, MPs will devote the day to a Liberal opposition day motion that would, if passed, see the House "express its deep concern over reports that Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) has been actively and illegally monitoring Canadians," and "call on the government to immediately order CSEC to cease all such activities and increase proper oversight of CSEC, through the establishment of a National Security Committee of Parliamentarians as laid out in Bill C-551, An Act to establish the National Security Committee of Parliamentarians."

Just as that debate will be getting underway in the Commons, however, the political spotlight will likely shift, at least temporarily, to the Foyer, where Minister of State for Democratic Reform Pierre Poilievre is scheduled to unveil the details of the government's long-awaited bid to rewrite Canada's election laws.

According to the usual pre-release flurry of teasers and tips, the bill that will be tabled in the House this morning will radically reorganize the current power structure by separating administration duties from enforcement, as well as hike the donation limit and crack down on 'vouching' at polling stations.

On the committee circuit, still more committees are set to reconvene along the newly imposed 10 member parameters, which involves what is, in most cases, the pro forma re-election of chairs and vice chairs.

Meanwhile, International Trade continues its western tour with a second all-day session in Vancouver -- this time, to hear what the locals think of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Back in the precinct, Aboriginal Affairs resumes its review of the government's proposal to devolve still more power to the Northwest Territories, particularly ion the areas of resource development.

Also on the Hill today: former House of Commons Speaker Peter Milliken, who will be front and centre at a reception to launch the publication of selected decisions from his tenure in the chair, which will be hosted by his successor, Andrew Scheer.

Outside the precinct, International Trade Minister Ed Fast, who is set to speak at the annual convention of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association of Canada.

Finally, later this evening, the Dairy Farmers of Canada will hold a reception to kick off their annual policy conference, which, according to the advisory, will "showcase the wide selection of great Canadian cheeses," including samples from the 2013 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix Championship. 

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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