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Auditor General Michael Ferguson hands down fall report

Auditor General Michael Ferguson is set to hand down his fall report later this morning, which will include his findings on mental health support for veterans, financial support for the auto sector, Canada's response to international humanitarian crises and relocation services at National Defence.

The report is expected to be tabled in the House of Commons just after 10am ET, and Ferguson will take questions from reporters  later this morning.

Back in the Chamber, the government's bid to create the Rouge National Urban Park undergoes report stage consideration, which will be followed, if time allows, by a final round of debate on the 'Veterans Hiring Act.'

Later tonight, MPs will spend one final hour discussing Conservative MP Laurie Hawn's motion on care for veterans.

Meanwhile, the fall supplementary estimates circuit is in full swing, with Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford, Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover and National Defence Minister Rob Nicholson all scheduled to appear before their respective home committees.  

Other items of business on the committee agenda:

    • Procedure and House Affairs continues its examination of New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart's proposal to bring e-petitions to the House of Commons with testimony from the United Kingdom, including parliamentary advisors from the UK House Leader's office, as well as the Hansard Society.
    • Over at Fisheries and Oceans, Conservative MP Greg Kerr's bid to limit access to seal fishing sites by protesters goes to clause-by-clause review.
    • Senior officials from the Jubilee Campaign and Voice of the Martyrs brief Foreign Affairs members on the state of freedom of religion in Nigeria.
    • Later this afternoon, the Subcommittee on International Human Rights hears about arbitrary detention and political opposition in Venezuela.
    • Finally, Justice wraps up its review of the proposed victims' bill of rights. 

Also on the Hill today:

New Democrat MPs Libby Davies and Djaouida Sellah  join Thalidomide victims Mercedes Benegbi and Josee Lake to highlight the NDP's push for full compensation for survivors.

"Canadian country sensation" and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation spokesman George Canyon tours the Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Day Expo.

Representatives from YWCA Canada and the Canadian Teachers Federation launch the #NOTOkay campaign to mark the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, and raise awareness of violence against women.  

Outside the precinct, Minister of State for Finance Kevin Sorenson joins Financial Consumer Agency of Canada Commissioner Lucie Tedesco to discuss "growing Canadian entrepreneurship" at a lunch event organized by the Economic Club of Canada and Startup Canada.

Elsewhere in the capital, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird muses on "Canada's role in the digital future" at the Global Commission on Internet Governance, where he'll also present "a special award" to commission chair, former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt.

Later this evening, Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover will be in attendance at the annual Shaw Rocket Prize awards ceremony.

Also tonight: the University of Ottawa Social Sciences Faculty explores whether "constructive dissent" is "a relic of Canada's parliamentary past" at an "IVote-jeVote" panel discussion featuring comments from Conservative MP Michael Chong, NDP MP Craig Scott, Liberal MP Stephane Dion and Nanos Research pollster Nik Nanos, which will be moderated by journalists Manon Cornellier and Stephen Maher.

Finally, Minister of State for Labour and Status of Women Kellie Leitch heads to Toronto for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year gala.


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