Military sexual misconduct report on Defence committee agenda
Also today: Four federal watchdogs field questions from MPs on latest office budgets
As MPs return to Parliament Hill from the week-long Victoria Day constituency break, Marie Deschamps is expected to brief the House national defence committee on the contents of her recently released report on sexual misconduct and harassment within the military.
Major General Christine Whitecross, who is heading up the "strategic response team" for the Canadian Armed Forces, will also be present at the meeting, which is scheduled to get underway at 3:30 p.m. ET.
- Read the Deschamps report's 10 recommendations
- Harassment tolerated by military leadership, report finds
- Jason Kenney guarantees independent centre to handle military sexual misconduct
Elsewhere on the committee circuit:
- Four independent parliamentary watchdogs — Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson, Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault, Lobbying Commissioner Karen Shepherd and Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien — will field questions on their respective projected office budgets and operations at Ethics.
- Auditor General Michael Ferguson briefs MPs on his most recent report on tax-based expenditures, with officials from Finance Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency also expected to be in attendance.
- Canadian Heritage members go through the fine print of New Democrat MP Dan Harris' bid to make Remembrance Day a national holiday, and continue their exploration of "dance in Canada."
Back in the Chamber, New Democrat MP Megan Leslie will kick off the parliamentary workday by presenting her private members' bid to protect the Sambro Island Lighthouse before MPs shift their attention to the government's latest proposal to rejig the regulatory framework in Yukon and Nunavut.
Later this afternoon, MPs will begin report stage consideration of the "Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act."
Also on the Hill today: Leslie teams up with fellow New Democrat Brian Masse urge the government to "respect its promise" and "take action" to ban the use of plastic microbeads, a proposal that garnered unanimous support when it was put before the House earlier this year in the form of an NDP-backed opposition day motion.
The Canadian Association for Rare Disorders releases a "comprehensive strategy" to "provide hope and treatment to present and future Canadians with rare diseases."
Outside the precinct:
- Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney joins Facebook Canada officials at Ottawa Police Service headquarters, where the group will share the details of a new feature timed to coincide with International Missing Children's Day.
- Treasury Board President Tony Clement attends the Canadian Open Data Summit, where he'll talk about "closing the gap between promise and reality," as well as present the Canada Open Data Award, a prize given "for outstanding contribution to the Canadian open data community."
- Defence Minister Jason Kenney drops by the newly renamed Valour Building at 151 Sparks, where he will take part in the official unveiling of a "commemorative plaque" to mark the occasion, as well as recognize recipients of the Star of Military Valour, "the highest decoration awarded during the mission in Afghanistan."
- Associate Defence Minister Julian Fantino reveals the name of the Royal Canadian Navy's third Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship during a visit to Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt.
Canada 2020 will host an afternoon panel discussion on the "global energy market," with former US ambassador Carlos Pascual slated to speak alongside GE Canada president Elyse Allan, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers CEO Tim McMillan, Eurasia Group CEO Robert Johnston and Globe and Mail energy reporter Shawn McCarthy.
Finally, the "world's foremost oceanographer," Dr. Sylva Earle, speaks at an evening session hosted by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.