Inside Politics

MPs back on the Hill for a final burst of House busywork

Much to virtually everyone's -- including, most likely, their own -- surprise, MPs are back on the Hill for a final burst of pre-recess busywork before heading home to their respective ridings for the summer.

For those counting down the hours until their departure, the latest projections suggest that could happen as early as Monday evening, following previously scheduled votes to send the government's proposed prostitution law rewrite to committee, and give final third reading approval to those controversial amendments to Canadian citizenship rules, which will then be sent off to the Senate.

Once those bills are out of the way, they could -- in theory, at least -- agree to close down the Chamber for the season, but as always, such a move would require unanimous consent.

Meanwhile, New Democrat whip Nycole Turmel and deputy leader Megan Leslie hold a mid-morning press conference to share the details of what the advisory describes as "new tactics to derail the important work of parliamentary committees."

Later this morning, two more New Democrat MPs -- Andrew Cash and Laurin Liu -- outline a soon-to-be-introduced private members' bill to protect interns in federally regulated industries.

Also hitting the Hill media circuit this morning: Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care steering committee member Dr. Doug Gruner teams up with representatives from the Canadian Pediatrics Society, the Community Health Centre, the Canadian Pharmacists Association, the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers and the Canadian Nurses Association to "provide an update on the health and human impacts of federal cuts to refugee health care."

On the Senate side of the Hill, the Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee will hear what Government House Leader Peter Van Loan and Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand have to say about a proposal to tweak the names of more than a dozen ridings, which was whisked through the Commons in record time last week after garnering all-party support to pass it at all stages without so much as a minute of debate. 

Finally, outside the precinct, Finance Minister Joe Oliver takes questions from reporters after spending the previous hour behind closed doors with a panel of "private sector economists."

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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