Inside Politics

Who wants to talk proposed election law changes?

MPs will get their first opportunity to debate the pros and cons of the Conservative's latest proposal to revamp Canada's election laws later today, but the discussion -- or, at least, the on-the-record portion thereof -- will have to wait until the House of Commons reopens for business this afternoon.

Instead, they'll spend the morning behind the firmly closed doors of their respective weekly caucus meetings, during which, it's almost certain that the proposed changes will provide fodder for much lively conversation.

Before their caucus confab gets underway, the New Democrats will gather on the front steps to Centre Block for a group photo-op to mark the imminent start of the Sochi Olympic Games.

Later this morning, NDP finance critic Peggy Nash will unveil her party's "budget priorities" in the House of Commons Foyer.

Also on the pre-budget media circuit today: The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, which will release its traditional Alternative Federal Budget, which, according to the advisory, "would lift 855,000 Canadians out of poverty."

Elsewhere on the Hill, the Canadian Council for International Co-Operation will hit the Centre Block press theatre to highlight "the many positive impacts" of the International Youth Internship Program, and stress the "importance" for Foreign Affairs to continue to support it.

This afternoon, NDP treasury board critic Mathieu Ravignat will present a petition opposing changes to the Public Service Health Care Plan.

On the committee front:

Meanwhile, outside the precinct, Defence Minister Rob Nicholson and Public Works Minister Diane Finley will team up to share the details of the government's efforts to "improve Canada's military procurement" at an Economic Club of Canada breakfast.

Later this afternoon, Industry Minister James Moore is set to make an announcement on "Canada's wireless industry." 

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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