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Prospective privacy watchdog Daniel Therrien to be questioned by MPs, senators

It's an action-packed morning on the committee front, starting with the much-anticipated appearance by prospective privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien.

The government's possibly unexpectedly controversial nominee to the post is slated to spend an hour fielding questions from MPs at Ethics.

The New Democrats have made no secret of their concern over the potential conflict of interest, given his previous role as senior legal advisor on national security issues.

This afternoon, Therrien will undergo a second round of parliamentary scrutiny at a special committee of the whole session in the Senate Chamber.

Meanwhile, executive director Steve Anderson has pledged to deliver a "crowdsourced" presentation as Justice continues its study of the government's efforts to crack down on 'online crime,' with representatives from the Bully Free Community Alliance, WiredSafety and UNICEF Canada also on the witness list for this morning

Finally, over at Procedure and House Affairs, Conservative MPs Brad Trost and Scott Reid will take questions on their respective backbench bids to tweak the rules of the House by holding Chamber-wide votes on committee chairs, and switching to a preferential ballot for the election of the speaker.

According to the notice, the committee has also reserved a 30 minute block at the end of the meeting to deal with unspecified business, which may or may not include Conservative MP Tom Lukiwski's motion to carry on with its investigation into NDP spending.

Also on today's agenda

Later this morning, Veterans Affairs committee chair Greg Kerr joins colleagues Peter Stoffer and Frank Valeriote, as well as the Veterans minister's parliamentary secretary, Parm Gill, for the release the results of the committee's statutory review of the Enhanced New Veterans Charter Act, which will be tabled in the House today.

Elsewhere on the Hill media circuit:

    • New Democrat foreign affairs and international development critics Paul Dewar and Hélène Laverdière share their thoughts on the upcoming G7 summit in Brussels.
    • The Toronto Association for Democracy in China kicks off a day of Tiananmen anniversary events by holding a press conference with Conservative MP David Sweet, which will be followed by a mid-morning "commemoration reception" for parliamentarians.
    • Vancouver Canucks president Trevor Linden teams up with Olympic gold medalist Simon Whitfield and the Canadian Men's Health Foundation to launch "a new health initiative for men."
    • The National Allied Golf Association releases the results of the "Canadian Golf Economic Impact Study."

Outside the precinct:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper heads off on a European mini-tour, starting with a two-day visit to Poland to mark the 25th anniversary of what the advisory describes as its "emergence from communism."

Back in Ottawa, Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover hits the stage at the Canadian Museum of History, where she'll reveal the details of this year's Canada Day in the Capital celebrations, including the musical lineup for the iconic noon and evening shows on Parliament Hill.

Later this afternoon, the museum will serve as backdrop as Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq and Ottawa -- Orleans Conservative MP Royal Galipeau deliver an otherwise unspecified announcement.

Also out and about today in the capital today: Conservative MP Erin O'Toole, who joins World War II veterans, Mint officials and "Ottawa area youth" -- but not, notably, Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino -- at the "special unveiling" of a new coin commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing.

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