Inside Politics

MPs begin final round of debate before election bill heads to committee

With just one day to go before the budget drops, MPs will spend a final few hours debating the pros and cons of the government's proposal to write the country's election laws, which will go up for a second-reading vote this evening, which will allow it to be added to the committee agenda just in time for their next meeting on Tuesday.

Before that gets underway, however, Conservative MP Mark Adler will have his last chance to persuade his Commons colleagues to support his bid to force potential future parliamentary officers, as well as those who work in their ostensibly independent offices, to disclose "specified politically partisan positions" that they may have held within the last ten years, including running as a candidate, serving on the board of a riding association, or acting as ministerial, parliamentary or political staff."

Meanwhile, outside the Chamber, Liberal deputy leader Ralph Goodale will join MP John McCallum to outline "budget expectations for the middle class" at a mid-morning press conference.

On the committee front:

Finally, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair heads to Saint-Colomban for a "kitchen table talk" with "a mother of three and a retired couple" as he continues on his "national affordability tour." 

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

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