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UPDATED: No marathon vote on Honduras free trade

The Canada - Honduras free trade deal takes centre stage in the Commons today, as MPs begin working their way through 53 NDP-backed report stage amendments that would, if adopted, delete each and every clause in the bill.

Depending on how the speaker decides to group those motions, that could trigger the first marathon vote of the pre-recess legislative blitz, which would likely get underway later this week.

UPDATE: Then again, maybe it won't. 

According to the grouping arrangement released by the speaker's office this morning, those 53 deletion motions have been bundled together for a single vote.

Also on the Commons agenda today: The opening round of debate on Conservative MP David Sweet's efforts to establish Lincoln Alexander Day.

On the committee front:

    • After having spent several weeks engaged in a 'pre-study' of the government's bid to tighten up Canadian citizenship rules, Citizenship and Immigration is scheduled to begin clause-by-clause review of the bill itself this afternoon, which could cause some consternation for opposition members who were counting on having a bit more time to study the fine print of the proposal.
    • Meanwhile, at Fisheries and Oceans, Conservative MP Greg Kerr will brief his colleagues on his private members' pitch to ban anyone with a 'stated aim of disrupting the seal fishery" from coming within one nautical mile of a seal hunter, which garnered just one opposing vote at second reading, courtesy of Green Party Leader Elizabeth May.
    • Finally, Industry continues to explore the "impact of research, technology and innovation on the pipeline industry."

Also on the Hill today: Engineers without Borders director James Haga teams up with Centre for International Governance Innovation fellow Brett House to kick off a "day of action" that will "challenge" the government to "fix access to financing for the world's poorest countries."

Later this evening, United States Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman is scheduled to take the stage at the National Gallery, where he will deliver what is being billed as "his first official speech to Canadians."

Outside the capital:

    • Green Party Leader Elizabeth May starts her day in Niagara Falls, where she's scheduled to speak at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities annual convention and trade show, which wraps up later today.
    • Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism Max Bernier kicks off the 2014 Funding Roadshow at Notman House in Montreal.
    • International Trade Minister Ed Fast will be on hand to greet a delegation of "ministers and high-ranking officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as they embark on a five-day visit to Canada.

Finally, the much-anticipated robocalls trial gets underway in Guelph.

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