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Conservatives to shift focus to crime billsPolitics Watch News Services
November 15, 2007, updated 5:00 p.m.
http://www.politicswatch.com/leg-update-november15-2007.htm

 

OTTAWA — It's all Mulroney, all the time on Parliament Hill, but the government hopes to change the channel next week. 

Government House Leader Peter Van Loan said Thursday the Conservative government will focus on criminal justice bills in the House next week. 

The government expects to have Bill C-2, The Tackling Violent Crime Act, returned from a special legislative committee. 

The bill 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. 

In addition, the government will also begin debate on Bill C-3 dealing with preserving security certificates. The controversial measures that allow the government to detain or deport non-citizens who are suspected of having ties to terror groups were struck down by the Supreme Court earlier this year. 

The new bill creates "special advocates" for suspects, who currently can not see the evidence being used to detain them. The bill is expected to pass in the Commons as it has the support of the opposition Liberals. 

"Other bills addressing important changes need to make our streets and community safer will be introduced next week," Van Loan said.   

At the committee level, things are expected to heat up at the access to information, privacy and ethics committee.  

On Thursday, NDP MP Pat Martin gave notice of a motion calling for the committee to examine matters related to Mulroney-Schreiber affair, including how letters written by Karlheinz Schreiber to Harper were not seen by the prime minister. 

Conservative MPs on the committee were reportedly supportive of Martin's original motion, which did not include the letters to Harper. Martin said he amended the motion in order to gain support from the Liberals and the Bloc Quebecois. 

Martin's motion is expected to pass and it could result in the committee hearing witnesses, including former prime minister Brian Mulroney and Schreiber. 



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 next week.

Monday
Bill C-3 - Security Certificates.

Wednesday

Mini-budget implementation bill 

Friday
Bill C-2   Tackling Violent Crime


 
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Committee Highlights

Tuesday

> Auditor General Sheila Fraser appears before the public accounts committee.

Thursday

> Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon appears before the transport committee.

> Full Schedule


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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:
Second reading November 14, 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, 31 and November 2, 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 


C-16R The Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (expanded voting opportunities) and to make a consequential amendment to the Referendum Act 

Status: Referred to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs November 1, 2007 

C-17 The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act C-17 

Status: Referred to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration November 1, 2007 

C-18 The Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (verification of residence) 

Status:  Introduced and read the first time November 2, 2007 

C-19 The Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1867 (Senate tenure) 

Status: Introduced and read the first time November 13, 2007 

C-20R The Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform An Act to provide for consultations with electors on their preferences for appointments to the Senate 

Status: Introduced and read the first time November 13, 2007 

C-21 The Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act 

Status: Referred to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development November 13, 2007 

C-22R The Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1867 (Democratic representation) 

Status: Introduced and read the first time November 14, 2007 

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