Deputy Auditor General Andrew Hayes and a team of analysts head to PUBLIC ACCOUNTS to brief MPs on the key findings in their report on the rollout of the emergency wage subsidy, which was released in March. Their report concludes that, due to the tight turnaround time allowed for “one of the largest initiatives the government has ever taken,” the Canada Revenue Agency didn’t have all the available data to “efficiently assess applications.” Therefore, it “will have to rely on comprehensive audits to track down and recover payments made to ineligible recipients.”
Also slated to appear before the committee today are Canada Revenue Agency chief commissioner Bob Hamilton and Finance Deputy Minister Michael Sabia. (11 AM – 1 PM)
Also this morning, JUSTICE members explore the impact of the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights, with expert testimony from the Canadian Bar Association, the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, the Center for Research-Action on Race Relations, Kids with Incarcerated Parents Canada, as well as Sen. Pierre-Hughes Boisvenu. (11 AM – 1 PM)
INDUSTRY members continue to go through the fine print of Bloc Québécois MP Marilène Gill’s backbench pitch to protect employee pension and group insurance plans during bankruptcy proceedings with representatives of CanAge, the Store and Catalogue Retiree Group, and Observatoire de la retraite. (11 AM – 1 PM)
Meanwhile, as part of an ongoing study into challenges faced by French-language and bilingual post-secondary institutions operating in a “minority situation,” OFFICIAL LANGUAGES members hear from the Université de Moncton, Université de l’Ontario français and the Saint-Jean campus of the University of Alberta. (3:30 – 5:30 PM)
Over at AGRICULTURE, representatives from the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Farmers Edge Inc. and Terramera are among those set to share their respective perspectives on the “environmental contribution of agriculture.” (3:30 – 5:30 PM)
Finally, two committees head behind closed doors to work on potentially politically charged reports: PROCEDURE AND HOUSE AFFAIRS, which is apparently finally ready to draft its observations and recommendations on the government’s decision to prorogue parliament last August, and STATUS OF WOMEN, which recently wrapped up its probe into sexual misconduct in the military.
On the Senate side: ENERGY, THE ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES members carry on with a preliminary review of the government’s proposal to add mandatory reporting requirements to its emissions reductions plan, while NATIONAL FINANCE members have blocked off most of the day to examine the latest supplementary estimates.
Committee highlights courtesy of our friends at iPoliticsINTEL.