Inside Politics

Prostitution bill back in the spotlight at Justice committee

After a four-day break, the House justice committee is set to begin clause-by-clause review of the government's bid to rewrite Canada's prostitution laws, which gets underway this morning, and will likely wrap up within a few hours, depending on the number of amendments put forward for consideration.

Also on the Hill today: International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, Amnesty International Canada secretary-general Alex Neve and author Monia Mazigh join Sara Attia, Toronto-born wife of permanent resident Khaled Al-Qazzaz, currently imprisoned in Egypt, to share the details of an letter sent to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and signed by "leading Canadian academics, lawyers, professionals, authors, artists, celebrities, writers, thinkers, activists and organizations", requesting "prompt and meaningful action to secure [his] immediate release."

Outside the precinct, Minister of State for ACOA Rob Moore teams up with fellow New Brunswick MP Mike Allen for a visit to the Carleton Civic Centre in Woodstock.

Back in Quebec, local MP Jacques Gourde will do the honours at the official opening of Coopérative de solidarité Le Pavillon André-Darveau in Saint-Marc-des-Carrières.

On the opposition front, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair is in Halifax, where he'll attend the opening ceremonies for the annual conference of the Assembly of First Nations, and tour HMCS Sackville.

Later this afternoon, he'll join Halifax MPs Megan Leslie and Robert Chisholm for a photo-friendly "rowing race" at the Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club in Dartmouth.

Finally, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May's cross-country "Green Trail Tour" brings her to Toronto, where she'll join Green MP Bruce Hyer for a rally at Union Station before returning to the rails to make her way to Fredericton for the party's upcoming convention, which kicks off later this week.

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