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Justin Trudeau to unveil new pro-transparency initiative

As the clock ticks down on the spring sitting, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is set to hit the stage at the National Press Theatre, where he will share the details of his party's latest efforts to boost transparency on the Hill -- this time, in the form of a bill that would amend both the Parliament of Canada Act and the Access to Information Act, which he intends to bring forward when his name is added to the priority list this fall.

After the press conference wraps up, reporters will be briefly allowed to enter the normally closed doors of the weekly Liberal caucus confab, where Trudeau will deliver opening remarks in front of an audience that will include, in addition to elected MPs, newly nominated candidates in town for pre-election training.

Meanwhile, the Conservative and New Democrat caucuses are scheduled to meet this morning as well.

When the Chamber reopens for business this afternoon, MPs will get their first chance to put their thoughts on the government's proposed revamp of Canada's prostitution laws on to the official parliamentary record as second reading review of C-36 gets underway.

Also on the legislative agenda today: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May's proposal to create a National Lyme Disease Strategy is back from committee and poised for final passage.

Later this evening, MPs will settle in for a final round of discussion on the spring omnibudget bill, which will be put to a final House vote on Thursday evening.

Also on the Hill today:

    • Funeral Service Association of Canada president Phil Fredette will offer his support for Liberal MP Frank Valeriote's backbench bid to make Service Canada the "single point of contact" for all matters related to the death of a Canadian citizen or resident, which is scheduled to go before the House on Thursday.
    • Outside the precinct, the Institute for Research on Public Policy issues a call for "important reforms to improve Canada's labour market information," the details of which will be posted online.

On the committee front:

    • Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander and a bevy of senior departmental officials take questions on the latest estimates, which were actually passed by the House last night.
    • Fisheries and Oceans continues to consider the pros and cons of Conservative MP Greg Kerr's backbench bid to impose a one-mile buffer zone between seal hunters and seal hunt protesters, with the Canadian Sealers Association and the director of the National Fisheries Intelligence Service scheduled to share their expertise on the matter this afternoon.

Finally, Governor General David Johnston will present the Michener Award for "outstanding public service in journalism" during an evening ceremony at Rideau Hall.

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