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MPs to debate NDP motion on warrantless disclosure requests

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When the Chamber reopens for business this morning, the first order of business on the agenda will be New Democrat MP Pat Martin's private members' bid to expand the Access to Information Act to give the commissioner the power to order the release of documents -- and, in doing so, add an "explicit duty" to comply with those orders -- as well as add new measures to ensure officials keep records that "document their decisions, recommendations and actions."

After that debate wraps up, MPs will devote the rest of the day to an NDP opposition day motion that calls on the government to reveal "the number of warrantless disclosures made by telecommunications companies at the request of federal departments and agencies," and "immediately close the loophole that has allowed the indiscriminate disclosure of the personal information of law-abiding Canadians without a warrant."

Meanwhile, the Agriculture committee holds a special Monday morning session to deal with C-30, the government's legislative attempt to end the grain backlog, after House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer ruled that a key provision added to the bill during its first foray through committee stage had gone beyond the original scope of the legislation.

Elsewhere on the committee front:

    • Treasury Board President Tony Clement will get to talk about a topic near and dear to his ministerial heart -- specifically, the government's open data practices -- during an appearance at Government Operations and Estimates.
    • Citizenship and Immigration picks up where it left off last week in its ongoing pre-study of the proposal to tighten up the current Citizenship Act, with the Muslim Canadian Congress, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, Foundation for Defense of Democracies and Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers on the witness list for today.

On the Hill media circuit:

    • Liberal immigration critic John McCallum hits the Centre Block press theatre to discuss "abuses" in the Temporary Foreign Workers Program.
    • Later this morning, it will be New Democrat revenue critic Murray Rankin's turn at the microphone, where he'll "outline concerns" about the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.

Outside the precinct, Labour and Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch is in Vancouver for the annual meeting of the Paediatric Academic Societies, where she will share the details of new projects aimed at maternal, newborn and child health.

Meanwhile, in Regina, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz teams up with House Speaker Andrew Scheer and provincial MLA Don McMorris to announce a new joint infrastructure project at the White City Community Centre.

Back in Toronto, Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal speaks at a closed-door breakfast hosted by the Canadian Paralympic Committee's Chef de Mission

Finally, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau joins Adam Vaughan -- billed in the advisory as the party's "newly-elected Liberal candidate" for the still uncalled byelection in Trinity -- Spadina -- for a tour of the Alexandra Park Revitalization site.

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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