As previewed in the iPolitics weekly lookahead, CANADIAN HERITAGE members are set to resume debate on a Liberal-initiated pitch to get clause-by-clause review of the proposed broadcasting overhaul back on track after the last-minute removal of a blanket exemption for social media sparked widespread outrage — which, in turn, led opposition members to instigate a pause in the proceedings.
“On Friday, Liberal MP Anthony Housefather tried to break the deadlock with a motion that would ask Justice Minister David Lametti to provide the committee with “a revised Charter statement on the bill … as soon as possible,” as well as “invite both Lametti and Canadian Heritage Minister Stephen Guilbeault to appear before the committee to discuss the updated statement,” iPolitics reported last week.
In the interim, the committee would resume its review of the rest of the bill, although it wouldn’t get final sign-off until MPs wrap up debate of the two controversial sections.
That meeting is set to get underway this afternoon, although there’s no word yet on whether the Conservatives — who successfully ran down the clock during the first round of debate — are prepared to allow it to go to a vote, particularly as it’s one that the Liberals seem likely to win, as the Bloc Québécois members appear to be prepared to support it.
Also on the House committee agenda:
- Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan heads to NATURAL RESOURCES to field questions from MPs on his government’s proposal to amend offshore health and safety rules, which was introduced in the Senate and has now made it onto the Commons agenda. (11 AM – 1 PM)
- ACCESS TO INFORMATION, PRIVACY AND ETHICS members will hold an in-depth two-hour session with Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien to go over the latest budget requests filed by his office, as well as the “use and impact of facial-recognition technology.” (11 AM – 1 PM)
- Over at GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS, members continue to examine the overall federal response to the pandemic with the heads of two of Canada’s largest public sector unions, the Public Service Alliance of Canada and the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, plus Service Employees International Union Healthcare president Sharleen Stewart. (Monday PM)
- Meanwhile, HEALTH members hold another round of hearings on the “emergency situation” created by the third wave of the pandemic, which will include presentations from senior Privy Council Office advisors, Public Safety deputy minister Rob Stewart and Israeli and Slovak Republic public health officials. (11 AM – 1 PM)
- INTERNATIONAL TRADE members survey executives from Ballard Power Systems, Opus One Solutions and LNG Canada as part of an ongoing exploration of environmental and clean technology exports. (11 AM – 1 PM)
- VETERANS AFFAIRS members survey retired and active military officials and experts on “commemorations for the 21st century.” (3:30 – 5:30 PM)
- Finally, STATUS OF WOMEN members convene for an evening session to hear from Canadian Association for Midwifery Education chair Kim Campbell, as well as representatives from federal and provincial advocacy groups, as part of their study into access to midwifery services across Canada.
On the Senate side, the ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS committee is already midway through an extensive preliminary review of the legislation, and will hold another round of hearings on Monday, during which they’re set to hear from Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Chief Ghislain Picard, Ryerson University Indigenous governance chair Pamela Palmeter, former Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations grand chief Willie Littlechild, and one-time senior Conservative adviser Tom Flanagan, as well as assorted Indigenous leaders, rights advocates, and legal experts.
Committee highlights courtesy of our friends at iPoliticsINTEL.