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First Nations groups share election bill concerns as committee review continues

The government is set to unveil the wording of its long-promise -- and, it's worth noting, heavily pre-hyped -- Victims' Bill of Rights later this morning -- but, as has become standard practice for the Conservatives, while the bill itself will be tabled with little fanfare in the House this morning, the real reveal will take place far from the capital, at a Mississauga seniors centre, where the PM himself will be front and centre at a media event that will also feature appearances by Justice Minister Peter MacKay, Public Safety Minister Steve Blaney and local MP Stella Ambrose.

Back in the Chamber, meanwhile, MPs are set to spend a second day debating the pros and cons of the spring omnibudget bill, which made its Commons debut on Wednesday afternoon, and is, it seems, already under threat of time allocation.

On the committee front, Procedure and House Affairs will continue to parse the fine print of the government's bid to rewrite the country's election laws, with the Assembly of First Nations, as well as assorted First Nations communities, on the witness list for today, as well as University of New Brunswick professor Paul Howe, who specializes in voter turnout and democratic engagement, with a particular focus on youth participation in the electoral process.

The New Democrats have also served the committee with notice of a motion that, if passed, would see the committee advise the House from consideration, which, while unlikely to pass, the motion will, at least, give opposition members another opportunity to voice their frustration over the minister's increasingly inexplicable reluctance to publicly acknowledge the possibility that the bill may need to be amended before being reported back from committee.

Also due at committee today:

Also on the Hill today: A delegation from the Tunisian National Constituent Assembly will pay a visit to the precinct, where they will be greeted by both House and Senate speakers before being whisked off for a signing ceremony for a new Memorandum of Understanding between parliaments.

Finally, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau heads out on the pre-byelection hustings in Fort McMurray. 

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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