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Tories set the stage for a pre-recess legislative blitz

As the traditional early June rumours of an extra-early summer adjournment swirl through the corridors of Centre Block, the pre-recess legislative blitz appears to be heating up as well.

According to the projected order of business, the House is now poised to wrap up report stage of the spring omnibudget bill before the end of the week -- and, depending on the details of the time allocation motion expected to be put forward later this morning, quite possibly before the end of the day.

Also on today's Commons agenda: A final round of debate on the Canada -- Honduras free trade deal, which has five hours left on the clock.

Later this evening, Conservative MP Ryan Leef will get his first chance to present the case for his private members' bill on alcohol spectrum disorder.

Before all that gets underway, however, the Speaker will table Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault's latest report on the state of Canada's access to information regime.

On the committee front -- which, as is becoming a regular occurrence in recent weeks, may be disrupted by mid-morning bells:

    • At Procedure and House Affairs, Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand will spend an hour fielding questions on the latest batch of main estimates before the committee moves on to unspecified "business", which may or may not include future hearings on NDP spending practices.
    • Justice resumes its review of the government's bid to crack down on 'online crime' continue at Justice, with the Anti-Bullying Initiative, the Canadian Crime Victim Foundation, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Facebook on today's witness list.
    • Over at Ethics, Google government relations head Colin McKay and Rogers senior VP and Chief Privacy Officer Kenneth Engelhart will respond to the committee's ongoing interest in"the growing problem of identity theft."
    • Government Operations gets a briefing on the public service, courtesy of the Clerk of the Privy Council, Wayne Wouters.
    • Health Minister Rona Ambrose goes before her home committee to discuss her legislative efforts to tighten the rules for reporting adverse drug reactions.
    • Human Resources hears from Parliamentary Budget Officer Jean-Denis Frechette and the Canadian Construction Association as it continues its study on the renewal of Labour Market Development Agreements.
    • Greenpeace Canada representatives talk nuclear safety at Natural Resources, where MPs are also set to get what will likely be a very different perspective on the issue from the Canadian Nuclear Association and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Also on the Hill today:

Veterans' spouses Jenifer Migneault and Marie-Andrée Mallette share their thoughts on the Commons veterans committee's recently released recommendations on improving support for families, which is also one of the major topics under discussion at Rock The Hill 2014, which continues today.

Licensed medical marijuana users Russell Barth and Christine Lowe discuss the difficulties they have faced obtaining marijuana since the closure of the Health Canada MMAR program earlier this year.

UPDATE: According to a just-in notice, that press conference has been cancelled.

Greenpeace volunteers mark World Environment Day by delivering a "100,000-signature petition" calling for better Arctic protection, as well as "a giant greeting card" to the Prime Minister's Langevin offices, where the group will also release "new polling results" that, the advisory avers, demonstrates widespread support for their position, and shares "an arctic-themed cake."

Outside the precinct:

    • International Trade Minister Ed Fast leads a visiting South East Asian trade delegation to Toronto for a mid-morning "discussion" on how close ties "will create new opportunities for businesses and workers on both sides of the Pacific."
    • In Quebec City, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney attends a ceremony to commemorates the National Historic Significance of Charles Gavan Power.
    • Elsewhere in the province, Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover drops by the Montreal headquarters of the National Film Board to unveil the winners of the 2014 Canada Day Challenge.

Meanwhile, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair hits the byelection hustings in Trinity -- Spadina, where he'll join NDP candidate Joe Cressy to talk Toronto transit improvements at the entrance of the Bathurst Subway Station.

Finally, Liberal citizenship critic John McCallum visits the University of Fraser Valley, where he's slated to meet with "employers, labour groups, and concerned Canadians" as part of his ongoing cross-country consultations on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.


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