After a brief pause, the spring estimates circuit is set to resume this afternoon as Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson and Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos, who are booked in for separate one-hour appearances before their respective home committees: ENVIRONMENT and GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS. (3:30 – 5:30 PM)
Over at PUBLIC SAFETY, MPs launch a new Liberal-initiated probe into “ideologically motivated violent extremism” with back-to-back briefings from senior officials at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Communications Security Establishment, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. (3:30 – 5:30 PM)
Meanwhile, VETERANS AFFAIRS take a closer look at veteran service dogs and FISHERIES AND OCEANS wraps up witness testimony on the state of the Pacific Salmon. (3:30 – 5:30 PM)
On the Senate side, two Team Trudeau front benchers are on the witness list as LEGAL AND CONSTITIONAL AFFAIRS kicks off its preliminary review of Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s omnibus budget bill, which is still working its way through the Commons: Justice Minister David Lametti and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc, who should be ready to defend the inclusion of a wholly non-budgetary proposal to tweak the law making it an offence to knowingly provide false information on a party or candidate during an election campaign, which an Ontario court concluded was unconstitutional in its original form.
Also set to testify today: Elections Commissioner Yves Côté and Canadian Constitution Foundation executive director Joanna Baron. (1 PM)
Similar budget pre-studies will also get underway at SOCIAL AFFAIRS and BANKING, TRADE AND COMMERCE.
Committee highlights courtesy of our friends at iPoliticsINTEL.
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