Politics·Orders of the Day

MPs to wrap up debate on bid to crack down on safe injection sites

As the House prepares to shut down for another week-long constituency break, MPs will devote the remaining half-day session to a final round of debate on the government's efforts to restrict the establishment of community-based safe injection sites

Also today: New benefits for veterans to be announced in Halifax and Calgary

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

As the House prepares to shut down for another week-long constituency break, MPs will devote the remaining half-day session to a final round of debate on the government's efforts to restrict the establishment of community-based safe injection sites, which now looks set to pass a final vote and move on to the Senate when the Chamber reopens for business on March 23.

Later this afternoon, New Democrat MP Claude Gravelle will outline the details of his private members' proposal to create a national strategy for dementia.

Meanwhile, Justice Minister Peter MacKay joins Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O'Toole at the HMCS Scotian in Halifax, where the pair will make an "important announcement" on a new initiative to "benefit part-time Reserve Force veterans."

Also slated to share news on benefits for veterans today: Defence Minister Jason Kenney, who will do so during a visit to the Centennial-Calgary branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.

Back in Toronto, Health Minister Rona Ambrose drops by the HealthForceOntario Access Centre with news on "internationally educated health professionals."

Elsewhere in the city, Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson poses for the cameras with his Irish counterpart, Charles Flanagan, at a cameras-only photo op before the pair heads behind closed doors for a bilateral meeting.

Also out and about on the ministerial circuit:

  • Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq heads to CenterBeam Place in Saint John where, alongside local MP Rodney Weston, she will "take part in an announcement regarding historic investments in Parks Canada infrastructure."
  • Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney takes a brief break from promoting his proposed anti-terror legislation to hand out federal cash to a community hall in Saint-Charles-de-Bellechasse.
  • Moving west to Winnipeg, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification Michelle Rempel shows her government's support for "technology commercialization" at the Orthopaedic Innovation Centre.
  • Finally, Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay is in her home riding of Delta to boost awareness of both the community volunteer income tax program, which is also the subject of the "Need a Hand"video recently produced by her department.

Mobile readers: Follow the Parliament Hill ticker here.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?

now