Orders of the Day

March for Life brings abortion, euthanasia opponents to Parliament Hill

Opponents of abortion and euthanasia are expected to converge on Parliament Hill for the annual March for Life as the government moves to shut down debate on the latest omnibus budget bill and Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault releases a new report on requests related to the long-gun registry.

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Centre Block's Peace Tower is shown through the gates of Parliament Hill. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

Opponents of abortion and euthanasia are expected to converge on Parliament Hill for the annual March for Life, an annual rally that marks the anniversary of the passage of the bill that legalized abortion in Canada in 1969.

As reported by CBC News on Wednesday, speakers scheduled to address the rally this year include Veggie Tales creator and author Eric Metaxas and unnamed "pro-life members of Parliament," as well as Campaign Life Coalition president Jim Hughes and other religious leaders.

Later this evening, Planned Parenthood Ottawa will host a counter-event at a nearby restaurant, which will invite participants to "Stand for Choice."

Back in the House of Commons, the government appears set to shut down the first round of debate on the latest omnibus budget bill, which began on Wednesday afternoon and is already under notice of time allocation, which could be moved immediately after routine proceedings.

Later this evening, New Democrat MP Andrew Cash will get his first opportunity to convince his colleagues to support his pitch for a National Urban Workers Strategy.

Also on the Hill today:

  • Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault will make herself available to reporters who want to discuss the results of her investigation into a request related to the now mothballed Long-gun registry, which is expected to be tabled just after the Chamber opens for business this morning.
  • New Democrat MP Laurin Liu teams up with EquiLibre representative Fannie Dagenais to urge the government to "take concrete action in combating eating disorders" as part of the Be Real online campaign.

Elsewhere in Ottawa, Canadian Taxpayers Federation research director Jeff Bowes drops by MacEwen's gas station for the 17th annual Gas Tax Honesty Day, which "blows the whistle on the high taxes and taxes-on-taxes levied on drivers." with simultaneous events slated to be held in Victoria, Calgary, Regina, Toronto and Saint John.

Outside the capital, Prime Minister Stephen Harper starts his day in Windsor, where, alongside Public Works Minister Diane Finley, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and local Conservative MP Jeff Watson, he'll pay a visit to Valiant Machine & Tool Inc., which will serve as backdrop to both an otherwise unspecified announcement and a photo op with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

Later in the day, Harper will make his way to Nova Scotia, where he's slated to speak at the Cobequid Educational Centre in Truro this evening.

Meanwhile, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair heads west to Vancouver Island, where he'll join British Columbia MP Jean Crowder and local candidate Sheila Malcolmson to highlight his party's environmental protection efforts — including Crowder's private members' bid to address "derelict vessels" — during appearances in Ladysmith and Mill Bay before moving on to Victoria, where, according to the advisory, he will "hare his vision for how a New Democrat government will strengthen the middle class across the country" at an evening rally.

Also out and about today:

  • Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover shares the details of the new sound and light show on Parliament Hill.
  • Back in Ottawa, Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O'Toole marks the National Day of Poland and the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World by attending a "piano concert and reception" at the Canadian War Museum.
  • Defence Minister Jason Kenney will be front and centre as the Royal Military College of Canada kicks off its annual convocation ceremonies in Kingston, where the minister is slated to join Governor General David Johnston in handing out degrees — Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate's — to more than 300 graduating students.
  • Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford celebrates National Mining Day by opening trading at the Toronto Stock Exchange.
  • Finally, via teleconference from Antalya, Turkey, Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson briefs reporters on the just-wrapped NATO Foreign Affairs Ministers' Meeting.

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