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MPs take week off for Remembrance DayPolitics Watch News Services
November 1, 2007, updated 5:30 p.m.
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OTTAWA — After three weeks of a new session of Parliament, MPs will take a week off to mark the Remembrance Day holiday.

The first three weeks of this session of Parliament have doused all speculation about a fall election.  

The minority Conservative government has survived four confidence votes over the past three weeks -- three on its throne speech and one Wednesday on a mini-budget that included $60 billion in new tax cuts. 

On two of those votes, the government survived because the opposition Liberals abstained in order to avoid forcing an election. 

"We will choose our time about when to put the government down," Liberal leader Stephane Dion said this week. "The key point is that we will not choose to have three elections in three-and-a-half years."

However, some Liberals are already weary of the strategy of abstaining. 

The Globe and Mail reported that there is a "restive" mood in the Liberal caucus, including Liberal MP Mauril Belanger, who reportedly argued against propping up the government at this week's Liberal caucus meeting and later did not show up for the vote on the mini-budget. 

Liberal foreign affairs critic Bob Rae declined this week to positively spin repeated Liberal abstentions. When asked by PoliticsWatch's how long the party can continue the strategy without appearing weak to voters, Rae said: "I think that's a question that you should direct to Mr. Dion and the House leadership because I'm not in the House." 

MPs will return to Ottawa on November 13 and there will be at least two more opportunities for the Liberals to abstain before the Christmas recess. 

The Conservatives will have to introduce implementation legislation to enact their mini-budget and the government has also called for speedy passage of  Bill C-2, The Tackling Violent Crime Act. 

The act is an omnibus bill made up primarily of criminal justice bills left over from the last session of Parliament. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has designated the legislation a confidence matter and has urged the opposition parties to ensure its swift passage in the House.  


The Legislative Update is posted every Thursday afternoon when the House is sitting. To stay informed on all the political events read PoliticsWatch's  Morning Briefing updated at 9:30 a.m. noon and 5:00 p.m. ET Monday to Friday and the Daily Agenda updated at 6:00 p.m. ET Monday to Friday.
  
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The House will deal with the following when it returns. 

C-7  Aeronautics Act
C-15 Natural Resources
C-4  Pilotage Act
C-14 Canada Post Act
C-3  Security Certificates
C-6  Voter identification


 
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Committee Highlights

No meetings scheduled.

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Bills the Conservative government  tabled in this session of Parliament 

C-2 The Minister of Justice An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make consequential amendments to other Acts C-2 

Status: Introduced and read the first time October 18, 2007 

This is the government's omnibus crime bill which Justice Minister Rob Nicholson has declared a matter of confidence. 

C-3R The Minister of Public Safety An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (certificate and special advocate) and to make a consequential amendment to another Act 

Status: Introduced and read the first time October 22, 2007 

C-4 The Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities An Act to amend the Pilotage Act

Status:
Introduced and read the first time October 26, 2007 

C-5R The Minister of Natural Resources An Act respecting civil liability and compensation for damage in case of a nuclear incident 

Status:
Referred to the Standing Committee on Natural resources October 30, 2007

C-6R The Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (visual identification of voters) 

Status:
Introduced and read the first time October 26, 2007

This is the government's bill that would effectively ban veiled voting.

C-7R The Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities An Act to amend the Aeronautics Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts 

Status:
Debated at third reading October 30 and 31, 2007 

C-8 The Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act (railway transportation) 

Status:
Referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities October 29, 2007 

C-9 The Minister of Foreign Affairs An Act to implement the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States (ICSID Convention) 

Status:
Referred to the Foreign Affairs Committee October 29, 2007

C-10R The Minister of Finance An Act to amend the Income Tax Act, including amendments in relation to foreign investment entities and non-resident trusts, and to provide for the bijural expression of the provisions of that Act 

Status:
Passed in the House October 29, 2007

C-11R The Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development An Act to give effect to the Nunavik Inuit Land Claims Agreement and to make a consequential amendment to another Act 

Status:
Passed in the House October 29, 2007

C-12R The Minister of Labour An Act to amend the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act, the Wage Earner Protection Program Act and chapter 47 of the Statutes of Canada, 2005 

Status:
Passed in the House October 29, 2007


C-13 The Minister of Justice An Act to amend the Criminal Code (criminal procedure, language of the accused, sentencing and other amendments) 

Status:
Passed in the House October 29, 2007

C-14 The Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities An Act to amend the Canada Post Corporation Act

Status:
Introduced and read the first time October 29, 2007 

C-15R The Minister of Natural Resources An Act respecting the exploitation of the Donkin coal block and employment in or in connection with the operation of a mine that is wholly or partly at the Donkin coal block, and to make a consequential amendment to the Canada--Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation 

Status: Introduced and read the first time October 29, 2007 

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