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Canadian House of Commons gets back to workPolitics Watch News Services
October 19, 2007, updated 3:15 p.m.
http://www.politicswatch.com/leg-update-october19-2007.htm

 

OTTAWA — The minority Conservative government is expected to survive two confidence votes scheduled for next week.  

Votes on the amendment to the throne speech and the throne speech, which are confidence matters, will be anti-climatic after Liberal leader Stephane Dion announced his intention not to defeat the government.  

The Bloc Quebecois subamendment to the throne speech was easily defeated Thursday evening by a vote of 240 to 48. The Conservatives, Liberals and NDP all voted against the Bloc's subamendment.  

The Liberals' amendment to throne speech is expected to be defeated in the House of Commons on Monday because the NDP has said it will vote against it. The Liberal amendment blames the Conservatives for Canada's shortfall in meeting its Kyoto commitment, calls for the end to Canada's "combat mission" in Afghanistan in 2009 and recommends the government take action to combat poverty and reduce corporate taxes. 

When the main vote on the Conservative throne speech happens Wednesday, the Bloc and the NDP will vote against the government. The official opposition Liberals will abstain on the vote in order to allow the government's speech to pass and to avoid defeating the government. 
 
The throne speech debate lasts six days and will continue through Wednesday. After that the normal business of the House can begin. 

So far only one government bill has been introduced -- Bill C-2 The Tackling Violent Crime Act

That bill is also a confidence matter, but the government is expected to receive the support of at least one opposition party to pass the bill. The opposition parties are not so much opposed to the content of the omnibus bill, but rather to how the government has repackaged the measures. 

The legislative agenda appears pretty thin at the moment, but Justice Minister Rob Nicholson said Thursday that more crime legislation is coming in this session that will deal with identity theft, mandatory penalties for serious drug crimes and amendments to the Youth Criminal Justice Act.


The Legislative Update is posted every Friday 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. 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 to Wednesday
Continued debate on the throne speech

Thursday
Opposition day

 
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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. 

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