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RCMP wrongdoing to be revealed in public sector watchdog's report

Outgoing Public Sector Integrity Commissioner Mario Dion is set to share the details on wrongdoing within the RCMP -- specifically, within the Ottawa air service, which manages a small fleet of aircraft -- in a report that is apparently so potentially contentious that the government went to court in a failed attempt to quash his findings before he could table it in the House.

Back in the Chamber, the fall omnibus budget bill is back in the House and poised for report stage approval -- a process that could nevertheless end up keeping MPs on their feet for several hours when it goes to a vote, depending on how House Speaker Andrew Scheer decides to deal with the 68 deletion amendments put forward by the New Democrats and the Green Party.

Meanwhile, a trio of parliamentary and political science experts -- Carleton University professor Lori Turnbull, former House Speaker Peter Milliken and Queen's University professor emeritus Ned Franks -- and campaign director Matthew Carroll are set to share their thoughts on Conservative MP Michael Chong's bid to rebalance the party power structure with members of the House affairs committee.

Meanwhile, acting on the explicit instruction of the House, the Agriculture committee will officially reopen its report on the implications of the Canada-European Union free trade deal, in order to  recommend, as per the wording proposed in the House order,  that the now-finalized agreement "represents an appropriate balance between creating opportunities for agricultural and food exporters and maintaining the system of supply management, and "should be implemented as negotiated."

Other items of business on the committee to-do list:

    • Foreign Affairs members continue their study on ISIS-incited "violence, religious persecution and dislocation," as well as Canada's response to the situation, with the help of Iraqi parliamentarian Vian Saeed and the Yezidi Human Rights Organization-International.  
    • Representatives from the Non-Smokers' Rights Association, Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada and the Quebec Coalition from Tobacco Control,  as well as Consumer Health Products of Canada and the Tobacco Harm Reduction Association of Canada discuss the pros and cons of e-cigarettes with Health committee members.
    • At Justice, Conservative Senator Bob Runciman's bid to crack down on "assaults against transit operators" will go to clause-by-clause review, as will the government's proposal for a victims' bill of rights.
    • National Defence hears from Zariba Security Corporation president Charles Barlow and ING Robotic Aviation CEO Ian Glenn as it resumes its long-standing review of the defence of North America.
    • Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea will not be present at committee to field questions on her department's latest supplementary requests, with that task instead falling to her deputy minister, Matthew King, and other senior officials.  

Later this morning, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May is scheduled to reveal the name of her new deputy party leader, who is described in the advisory as a "distinguished and respected Quebec environmentalist."

Also this morning: Conservative MP Steven Fletcher joins Senators Nancy Ruth and Larry Campbell to discuss the next steps for his campaign to legalize physician-assisted suicide.

Also running the Hill media gauntlet today:

  • The Health Action Lobby (HEAL) hits the National Press Theatre for the release of a "consensus statement" that will "challenge federal political parties to articulate their vision for health care in Canada in the lead-up to the 2015 election."

  • Back in the Centre Block press theatre, National Golf Course Owners Association CEO Jeff Calderwood joins other "golf industry representatives" in calling for "tax fairness."

Outside the precinct, Minister of State for Education Ed Holder gives a keynote address to delegates at the Colleges and Institutes of Canada Conference, which gets underway at the Chateau Laurier this morning.

Finally, Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal drops by PrideHouseTO -- home of a "comprehensive, province-wide engagement and activation strategy for the lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer (LGBTQ) communities in Ontario during and leading up to the 2015 Pan/Para-Pan Am Games," according to the website -- for a "special announcement" by the Canadian Olympic Committee.

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