Most recent entries for November 2014

Friday we asked: 
Is the government doing enough to ensure access to food in the North?

- Yes: 65 votes (5%) 
- No: 1109 votes (92%)
- Not sure: 33 votes (3%)

With the parliamentary precinct poised to put partisan politics on pause, if only for the weekend, MPs will spend the final hours of the Commons work week pondering the pros and cons of 'Quanto's law', which would "ensure that offenders who harm ... .law enforcement animals, military animals and service animals ...  or assault peace officers are held fully accountable."

Later this afternoon, the Chamber will turn its attention to a Senate-backed bid to create National Fiddling Day, which is slated to go to a vote next week.

The bill, which was passed by the Upper House under the tender legislative ministrations of Conservative Senator Elizabeth Hubley, was brought forward for the consideration of the Commons by Conservative MP Tilly O'Neill Gordon.

If adopted, it would set the stage for Canadians to celebrate the "art of fiddling" as well as the "significant role" it has played -- no pun intended -- in Canada's cultural and social history on the third Saturday in May.

Outside the precinct, Labour and Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch drops by Ottawa Police Headquarters, where she's set to make an "important announcement" alongside parliamentary secretary Roxanne James and White Ribbon Campaign executive director Todd Minerson.


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Yesterday we asked: 
Should the government lower the import rates for online shoppers?
 Yes: 786 votes (66%) 
- No: 385 votes (32%) 
- Not sure: 26 votes (2%)

House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer will almost certainly find himself fielding questions on efforts to set up a formal process for dealing with harassment complaints involving MPs when he goes before Procedure and House Affairs later this morning.  

Scheer will appear alongside Acting House Clerk Marc Mosc and Chief Financial Officer Mark Watters as part of the annual end-of-year supplementary estimates review.

Later this afternoon, Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien will discuss his office's ongoing operations -- and budgetary needs -- at the Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics committee.

Also making the rounds to explain -- and, when necessary, defend  -- their respective departments' demands for a fresh cash injection from the Treasury: Employment Minister Jason Kenney, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Justice Minister Peter MacKay.


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New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair will unveil another plank in his party's pre-election platform during a mid-afternoon speech at the Canadian Museum of History, where he's slated to take part in a conference on the link between public health and nutrition.

Also this afternoon, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will take on the role of questioner during a "sit-down interview" with Maryland Governor and "rumoured" Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley at an afternoon event organized by Canada 2020.

Back on the Hill, MPs retreat behind closed doors for their regularly scheduled weekly caucus confabs, where a new proposal to set up a subcommittee to study how to handle allegations of harassment between MPs will be on the agenda for all three parties.

Over on the Senate side, the Senate Liberals will hold an "open caucus" on climate change, which will include presentations by Environment Commissioner Julie Gelfand, Stanford University professor Marc Jacobson, author Tim Rand and Carbon Tracker researcher James Leaton.

When the Commons Chamber reopens for business this afternoon, MPs will get their first chance to opine on the government's proposal to change Canada's gun laws, which is slated to begin second reading debate today.  

The government's proposal to boost the powers of Canada's spy agency to monitor and track suspected terrorists will undergo a second -- and final -- round of committee review at Public Safety, where members will have just two hours to hear from the only non-governmental witnesses slated to appear: University of Ottawa law professors Craig Forcese and Wesley Wark, Canadian Police Association president Tomn Stamatakis, University of Toronto law professor Kent Roach, Royal Canadian Military College professor Christian Leuprecht and Simon Fraser University associate professor Garth Davies.


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Yesterday, we asked "Do you think the government is treating veterans fairly?". Here's what you said:
Yes 3%
No 96%
Not sure 1%
Total responses: 1512

Auditor General Michael Ferguson is set to hand down his fall report later this morning, which will include his findings on mental health support for veterans, financial support for the auto sector, Canada's response to international humanitarian crises and relocation services at National Defence.

The report is expected to be tabled in the House of Commons just after 10am ET, and Ferguson will take questions from reporters  later this morning.

Back in the Chamber, the government's bid to create the Rouge National Urban Park undergoes report stage consideration, which will be followed, if time allows, by a final round of debate on the 'Veterans Hiring Act.'

Later tonight, MPs will spend one final hour discussing Conservative MP Laurie Hawn's motion on care for veterans.

Meanwhile, the fall supplementary estimates circuit is in full swing, with Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford, Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover and National Defence Minister Rob Nicholson all scheduled to appear before their respective home committees.

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Yesterday we asked: Should Canada expand its mission to bomb ISIS targets in Syria?

Here are the results:

Yes: 373 votes (23%)
No: 1255 votes (76%)
Not sure: 21 votes (1%)
Total votes: 1649

MPs will get their first opportunity to quiz Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney on the fine print of his bid to boost the powers of Canada's foreign intelligence agency to monitor and track suspected terrorists overseas when he appears before the House public safety committee this afternoon alongside his deputy minister, Francois Guimont, Canadian Security Intelligence Service director Michael Coulombe and officials from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.  

Meanwhile, the Senate national security committee carries on with  its more wide-ranging investigation into threats facing Canada with testimony from Muslim Canadian Congress founder Tarek Fatah as well as Muslims Facing Tomorrow director Syed Raza and SecDev Foundation senior fellow Rafal Rohozinski.


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