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Extra-early summer recess may be off the House agenda

That hotly anticipated extra-early summer adjournment initially rumoured to be in the works for today appears to have been put on hold, at least for the moment.

Several key pieces of legislation earmarked by the government for pre-recess House passage still front and centre on the Chamber agenda, including, most crucially, the spring omnibudget bill, which has nine minutes left on the clock at third reading, and the citizenship bill, which goes to a final round of debate later today.

Barring procedural stalling tactics, that could see MPs wrap up votes on both bills this evening, but the increasingly acrimonious state of cross-aisle relations -- particularly, it's worth noting, between the New Democrats and the rest of the House after last night's Board of Internal Economy ruling -- makes such cooperation distinctly unlikely.

On the committee front:

    • The government's increasingly controversial 'online crime' initiative remains atop the to-do list at Justice, which seems poised to send the bill back to the Commons before it shuts down for the summer, although a final vote may be put off until the fall, depending on how much longer the House sits.
    • Also heading into clause-by-clause at Health: the government's bid to tighten up the adverse reaction reporting regime, although not before MPs hear from a final panel of witnesses, including pharmacists, patent and generic drug manufacturers and health food suppliers.

Over at the National Press Theatre, meanwhile, Public Works officials hold a technical briefing for reporters on the "process and methodology for the evaluation of options" to replace Canada's aging C-18 fleet, which, the advisory makes clear, is officially still in progress. "Ministers are reviewing a number of reports from the evaluation of options and will make a decision on the path forward to replace the CF-18 fleet in the coming weeks."

Elsewhere on the Hill media circuit:

    • Accompanied by "survivors of human trafficking/forced prostitution" and "front-line organizations who work with victims," Conservative MP Joy Smith is set to explain how the government's efforts to rewrite Canada's prostitution laws to comply with the Supreme Court ruling will help women involved in the sex trade.

Outside the precinct, the Bank of Canada releases the Financial Systems Review.

Finally, Minister of State for Finance Kevin Sorenson joins local MP Lawrence Toet at a Winnipeg school to unveil "an investment in students and teachers" through the newly launched Digital Canada 150 program.


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