With just two weeks to go before the House of Commons is scheduled to shut down for the summer, ENVIRONMENT members are still going over the fine print of Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson’s proposal to require the government to provide regular reports on its efforts to get Canada to net-zero emissions by 2050. (3:30 – 5:30 PM)
The minister can, at least, take comfort in knowing that if the bill does make it to the Senate before the summer recess, the Senate ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES will already have conducted a preliminary review of the contents, which is set to continue this afternoon with an appearance by Wilkinson himself, who will kick off an extended round of panel discussions that will also include presentations from Équiterre, West Coast Environmental Law, Ecojustice and the Cement Association of Canada. (12 – 3:30 PM)
Over at CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION, MPs continue to explore the “economic imperative and long-term importance” of retaining immigrants in “small rural municipalities outside major cities” during panel discussions with representatives from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Conference Board of Canada and Droit à l’Emploi, as well as Peace by Chocolate owner Tareq Hadhad, who arrived in Canada as a refugee from Syria in 2015, and now runs a thriving chocolate-making business in Antigonish, NS.
Meanwhile, FISHERIES AND OCEANS members take a closer look at corporate offshore licenses with expert testimony from the Maritime Fishermen’s Union and United Fisheries Conservation Alliance, as well as senior departmental officials.
Also on the Commons committee agenda: GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS holds another session on “businesses owned by under-represented groups” and PUBLIC SAFETY members will examine how Canada’s federal correctional service responded to the pandemic. (3:30 – 5:30 PM)
On the Senate side: Conservative MP Matt Jeneroux goes before the Senate SOCIAL AFFAIRS committee to present his private members’ pitch to expand bereavement leave, which garnered the unanimous support of the House of Commons and is now on track to get the green light from the Senate in time to make it to the legislative finish line before the summer recess.
Committee highlights courtesy of our friends at iPoliticsINTEL.