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Bid to boost CSIS powers goes to clause-by-clause review

After just two days of witness testimony,  government's bid to boost the power of Canada's spy agency to operate abroad undergoes clause-by-clause review at Public Safety, with no substantive changes expected to be made to the bill before the committee reports it back to the House for a final vote later this week.

Back in the Chamber, MPs will mull over Liberal MP Frank Valeriote's proposal to streamline the process of dealing with the federal government following the death of a Canadian citizen or resident, which was tweaked at committee and now requires report stage -- and, eventually, third reading -- approval.

Once that debate wraps up, the House will consider the pros and cons of S-6, a government-proposed bill to give Yukon and Nunavut more control over their respective natural resources -- particularly in the area of environmental assessments.

Later this afternoon, the Commons will turn -- or, in this case, return -- its collective attention to the government's efforts to tighten the rules surrounding safe injection sites, which, like Valeriote's bill, is awaiting report stage approval.

On the Senate side, the National Security committee is scheduled to hear from Michelle Walrond, who is, according to the notice, the "mother of a radicalized youth", as well as senior officials from the Montreal, Edmonton and Peel Regional police.

Also on the Hill today: Bloc Quebecois Leader Mario Beaulieu joins one of his party's two remaining MPs, Louis Plamandon, to raise his voice in support of "journalistic independence" at Radio Canada.

Meanwhile, representatives from Canadian colleges and institutes will endeavour to educate MPs "from across all parties" on "the critical role Canada's colleges and institutes play in knitting the fabric of our social and economic future" during a one-day lobby blitz.  

Outside the precinct, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney heads to RCMP headquarters for a mid-morning press conference alongside RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson, RCMP Public Complaints Commission Chair Ian McPhail and RCMP External Review Committee Chair Elizabeth Walker.

Also out and about today:

    • Finance Minister Joe Oliver heads to Quebec City for the next stop on his pre-budget consultation tour, while elsewhere in the city, Industry Minister James Moore shows his government's support for the local manufacturing industry during a visit to the National Optics Institute.
    • Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover rolls out the red carpet at the Canadian Museum of History, where she's set to host the latest in her continuing series of 'Movie Nights' with a screening of Corner Gas: The Movie.
    •  Finally, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird drops by Canada's High Commission in London for a "special ceremony" on the campaign to "prevent the use of sexual violence in armed conflicts," during which he'll present an award to former UK foreign secretary William Hague.

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