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PM, Mulcair and Trudeau head to Moncton for RCMP funeral

Just days after being appointed to the job, newly minted Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien will make his first official appearance in his new capacity this morning, when he's scheduled to testify before the Justice committee on the government's controversial bid to crack down on 'online crime' by boosting the power of law enforcement agencies to access personal data without a warrant.

During his nomination hearing last week, Therrien told another House committee that he, too, believes the bill should be split to ensure that the less contentious provisions dealing with cyberbullying can be passed quickly, and with full opposition support -- a proposal that has repeatedly rejected by Justice Minister Peter MacKay.

Also on the committee agenda today:

    • Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson spends an hour fielding questions from Ethics committee members on her imminent re-appointment to the post, which she will continue to hold for the next two years, barring unforeseen developments.
    • Procedure and House Affairs deals with unspecified committee business.
    • Health hears from various medical and health experts as MPs resume their review of the government's proposal to tighten up the rules for reporting adverse drug reactions.
    • Representatives from the Air Line Pilots Association, Air Canada Pilots Association and Air Transport Association of Canada share their respective perspectives on the state of the Canadian transportation safety regime.
    • Later this afternoon, the Subcommittee on International Human Rights gets a briefing on the rights of women in Afghanistan, courtesy of American pro-democracy activist Staci Hagg.
    • Finally, Environment launches a new study into "the management of municipal solid waste and industrial materials" with testimony from the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association, Enerkem and the Canadian Environmental Law Association.

Back in the Chamber, the New Democrats will use their last pre-recess opportunity to set the parliamentary agenda on a motion that, if passed, would see the House "express its opposition to the Conservative income splitting proposal," which, in the party's view, will worsen the "drastic increase in income inequality under recent Liberal and Conservative governments," and "provide no benefit to 86 percent of Canadians."

Also on the parliamentary to-do list today: A final round of votes on various and sundry supply and estimates bills, which must be passed before the Commons can shut down for the summer.

Elsewhere on the Hill:

    • Canadian Medical Association president Louis Francescutti releases a new report outlining the views of Canadians on "advance care planning, palliative care and physician-assisted dying."
    • Immediately following the CMA press conference, Bloc Quebecois MP Jean-Francois Fortin will take the stage at the Centre Block press theatre, where he will discuss his efforts to ensure the federal government respects Quebec's new law on end-of-life care.

Outside the precinct, the regimental funeral for the three RCMP officers slain in New Brunswick last week will take place in Moncton, with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Governor General David Johnston, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau among those expected to be in attendance.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Joe Oliver heads to New York for the North American Energy Summit.

Finally, Labour and Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch holds a telephone briefing on her ongoing European tour, which kicked off over the weekend in Paris, where she took part in the Global Summit of Women in Paris, and continues with the International Labour Conference in Geneva.

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