With their government’s bid to harmonize Canadian law with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People set to hit on the floor of the Upper House as early as tomorrow, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett and Justice Minister David Lametti are booked in for a joint session at the Senate ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS committee, where the bill has been under preliminary review for nearly a month. (2 – 3 PM)
Also slated to testify during the extended six-hour session: Representatives from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, National Aboriginal Capital Corporation and National Indigenous Economic Development Board, as well as the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Tamarack Valley Energy Inc. and senior departmental officials.
Also on the Senate committee roster today: OFFICIAL LANGUAGES members explore the government’s ongoing efforts to update Canada’s language laws during panel discussions with academic experts Stéphanie Chouinard (Royal Military College), François Larocque (University of Ottawa) and Linda Cardinal (Agence universitaire de la francophonie), as well as retired senator Joan Fraser and former Liberal MP Marlene Jennings, who will speak on behalf of the Quebec Community Groups Network, and Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada president Jean Johnson. (5 – 7 PM)
On the Commons side, two bills on the Liberals’ pre-summer priority list are still working their way through clause-by-clause review: Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s proposal to overhaul the federal broadcasting regime, which is currently before CANADIAN HERITAGE, and Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson’s plan to include mandatory reporting requirements as part of Canada’s efforts to hit net-zero emissions by 2030 at ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. (11 AM – 1 PM/3:30 – 5:30 PM)
Over at PUBLIC SAFETY, MPs continue their probe of “ideologically motivated violent extremism” with testimony from Royal Military College professor Christian Leuprecht; director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism, Barbara Perry and researcher Martin Geoffroy. (3:30 – 5:30 PM)
Meanwhile, FISHERIES members hear from the Maritime Fishermen’s Union, Canadian Independent Fish Harvester’s Federation and Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union, as well as senior executives from Clearwater Seafoods, as they take a closer look at corporate offshore licences. (3:30 – 5:30 PM)
Later this evening, the SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON CANADA-CHINA RELATIONS will get an update from Liberal MP David McGuinty, who chairs the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, who is slated to testify after MPs wrap up two hours of discussions with representatives from the Uyghur Research Institute, Alliance Canada Hong Kong, and the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies. (6:30 – 9:30 PM)
Finally, the SPECIAL JOINT COMMITTEE ON MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IN DYING holds a closed-door session on “future business.” (7:30 – 8:30 PM)