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Digital privacy proposal hits the Commons floor

As the House of Commons re-opens for business following the week-long Thanksgiving recess, the first item of business on the parliamentary agenda will be Conservative MP Laurie Hawn's private members' bid to ensure a "continuum of care" for veterans," which will be debated for the first time this morning.

Once that wraps up, the Chamber will turn its attention to the government's proposed "Digital Privacy Act," which made its legislative debut in the Senate, where it eventually found its way through third reading, and is now before the Commons.

According to the Order Paper, the Conservatives will take the rare step of referring the bill to committee before second reading, which will allow for more expansive -- and substantive -- amendment by MPs, should they feel the need to do so.

Meanwhile, two House committees -- Public Safety and Veterans Affairs -- retreat behind closed doors to discuss unspecified committee business, and the government's proposal to "enhance hiring opportunities" for veterans, respectively.

Over at Environment, MPs resume their ongoing review municipal solid waste management, while Finance continues with its extended pre-budget consultation sessions.

On the Senate side, the National Security committee will hear from Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada director Gerald Cossette and CSIS deputy operations director Jeff Yaworski during a special session to analyse current security threats facing Canada.

Also on the Hill today: Assembly of First Nations National Chief Ghislain Picard teams up with First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada executive director Cindy Blackstock to share the details of a joint human rights complaint against the government for what the advisory describes as "discrimination against First Nations children."

Outside the precinct, both New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair and Minister of State for Finance Kevin Sorenson are slated at the Credit Union Government Relation Forum, which gets underway this morning at the Delta Ottawa City Centre.

Elsewhere on the ministerial circuit:

    • Transport Minister Lisa Raitt drops by an Oakville community centre to launch, on behalf of her absent colleague, Health Minister Rona Ambrose, a new initiative "aimed at helping parents effectively talk with their teens about the harmful effects of marijuana use and prescription drug abuse."
    • Minister of State for Seniors Alice Wong attends the Newfoundland and Labrador Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse in St. John's.
    • Moving west to Saskatoon, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz heads to the Beef Research Station to to talk to reporters about a World Trade Organization ruling on the United States' country of origin labelling requirements, which is expected to be released today.
    • Meanwhile, in Regina, House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer welcomes ambassadors, high commissioners and other diplomats to his home province for the annual Economic Mission, which will include meetings with local businesses and a "Western Reception."
    • Finally, Minister of State for Small Business Maxime Bernier kicls off Small Business Week 2014 by hobnobbing with local entrepreneurs at a Vancouver home decorating and design store.


Later this evening, Canada's History Society pays tribute to "the men and women who served and sacrificed during the First World War" at a reception and book-signing at the Canadian War Museum.

 Finally, "Veteran China analyst" Ethan Gutmann will discuss the findings of his new book, 'The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China's Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem,' at Library and Archives Canada.

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