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Final House vote on election bill set for tonight

MPs will get one last chance to air their views on the government's proposed election bill rewrite, which is scheduled to go to a final House vote tonight.

On the committee front:

    • Conservative MP Mark Adler's backbench attempt to force parliamentary officers and staff to disclose past "partisan activities" goes to clause-by-clause review at Ethics, which may or may not transform the content of the bill entirely, depending on how substantial any government-supported changes turn out to be.
    • Over at Justice, committee members continue to go through the fine print of the government's bid to crack down on "online crime," with the parents of two children who took their own lives due to continued cyberbullying -- Rehtaeh Parsons' father Glenford Canning and Jamie Hubley's father Allan Hubley -- among those expected to share their stories during today's session.
    • Meanwhile, Procedure and House Affairs retreats behind closed doors to work on unspecified "committee business" likely related to NDP Leader Tom Mulcair's much-anticipated appearance later this week, when he will take questions on his party's alleged misuse of parliamentary resources.
    • This afternoon, the Subcommittee on International Human Rights will get an update on the state of affairs in Iran, courtesy of Foundation for Defense for Democracies director Mark Dubowitz

Also on today's committee agenda:

Later this morning, Federal Ombudsman For Victims of Crime Sue O'Sullivan hits the stage at the National Press Theatre to share her thoughts on the government's proposed victims' bill of rights, which was tabled in the House amid much fanfare last month.

Back in Centre Block, members of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security will field questions from reporters on their just-released report on "the economics of policing."

Also on the Hill today: New Democrat MP Paul Dewar teams up with Liberal MP Irwin Cotler to mark Iran Accountability Week by co-hosting a parliamentary breakfast, which will include presentations by Foundation for Defence of Democracies executive director Mark Dubowitz, and Baha'I Community of Canada representative Susanne Tamas, among others.

Outside the precinct, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt joins forces with New Brunswick Premier David Alward for an announcement on "strengthening Canada's tanker safety system" at the Port of Saint John.

Finally, Foreign Affairs parliamentary secretary Lynne Yelich drops by a Toronto "laboratory" school to, in the words of the advisory, "express Canada's continued commitment to improving Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) in the developing world."

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