Inside Politics

Chamber to remain open for parliamentary business until next week

Despite widespread predictions of a Thursday night adjournment, the House of Commons is still open for business, and will almost certainly remain so until next Monday at the earliest, when MPs are scheduled to give final Commons approval to the government's bid to rewrite Canada's citizenship rules, and send the proposed prostitution law rewrite to committee.

Topping today's parliamentary to-do list, meanwhile: A final round of second reading debate for C-18, which includes changes to the laws governing plant breeders' rights, tightens up the rules on unlawful imports and "modernizes the requirements of the advance payments program."

If time allows -- which, given the shortened workday, it almost certainly won't -- MPs will turn their attention back to the government's pitch to establish a Victims' Bill of Rights.

Outside the precinct, two junior ministers -- ACOA Minister Rob Moore and Minister of State for Finance Kevin Sorenson -- will be touting their government's plan for "Canada's digital future" during their respective appearances at local schools in Moncton and Winnipeg.

Also on the ministerial circuit:

    • Fisheries Mnister Gail Shea starts her day in Wellington, where she'll join Prince Edward Island transport minister Robert Vessey for a joint reveal at the Old Mills Park and Interpretative Centre.
    • International Development Minister Christian Paradis teams up with Public Safety Minister Steve Blaney to discuss microfinance and sustained economic growth at an event hosted out of the Levis offices of D√©veloppement international Desjardins.
    • Back in the capital, Minister of State for Seniors Alice Wong delivers fresh federal funding to Jewish Family Services of Ottawa, while elsewhere the province, Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal will be front and centre at this year's Raquetball World Championship in Burlington.
    • Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover has good news for 'Downtown Winnipeg Biz,' which she intends to unveil at a press conference in front of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
    • On the west coast, Industry Minister James Moore drops by the Vancouver Aquarium for an "important infrastructure announcement."

On the opposition front:

New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair presses the flesh with voters in Argenteuil-Papineau-Mirabel, while Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau tours Saint John.

Finally, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May talks "innovation and productivity" at TEDxYYC in Calgary.

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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