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Online crime bill back on the House agenda

Having disposed of the NDP-driven bid to authorize the Speaker to crack down on non-responsive replies during question period, the House returns to regular parliamentary business when the Chamber reopens for business this afternoon.

Topping the legislative to-do list today: C-13, better known as the "online crime" bill, which would expand police surveillance powers, among other measures, in order to pursue a wide range of wrongdoers --  from cyberbullies to cable thieves.

Later this evening, the Commons will vote on second reading approval of the Canada-Korea free trade deal, as well as private members' proposals on international corporate responsibility for Canadian mining companies and the creation of a special committee to investigate violence against women.

Before that gets underway, however, MPs and senators will head behind closed doors for the traditional Wednesday morning caucus confabs -- with the notable exception of the Senate Liberals, who will once again open their meeting not just to the press, but to any and all parliamentarians who might want to stop by.

According to the advisory, today's discussion topic will be "Canada's fragile jobs market," with speakers to include former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page, McMaster University economist William Scarth, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives economist David MacDonald and Benoit Dostie of HEC Montreal.   

Meanwhile, New Democrat MP Hoang Mai hits the stage at the Centre Block press theatre, where he'll discuss his efforts to revive former NDP MP turned Toronto mayoral candidate Olivia Chow's private member's bill to protect cyclists by making truck side guards mandatory.

Meanwhile, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and MP Bruce Hyer will be among those descending upon the parliamentary lawn during a rally in support of the global Fast for the Climate Movement, with which May has been "fasting in solidarity" since September 28.

On the committee front:

    • Finance continues pre-budget consultations with a third three-hour afternoon session, with environmental groups, mining industry associations and manufacturers on the witness list.

Outside the precinct, Minister of State for Seniors Alice Wong celebrates National Seniors Day at the Good Companions Centre in downtown Ottawa, where she will unveil a new report "ranking Canada's support for seniors among the world."

Later this evening, Liberal MP Irwin Cotler teams up with Conservative MP Deepak Obhrai for panel debate that promises "a frank, fast-paced look at Canada's role in the Horn of Africa."

Also out and about today:

    • Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal will be front and centre at Toronto's Eaton Centre as the 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay Route is revealed.
    • Finally, Health Minister Rona Ambrose hosts her provincial and territorial counterparts in Banff.

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