With just days to go before the committee circuit shuts down for the season, PROCEDURE AND HOUSE AFFAIRS members are set to begin a lightening-round clause-by-clause review of the government’s bid to temporarily rewrite the rulebook for federal elections to allow a vote to take place during the pandemic, although it’s not clear if they’ll be able to wrap up their work in time to report it back to the House before it shuts down for the summer. (11 AM – 1 PM)
Three backbench bills are facing a similarly tight turnaround time: Bloc Québécois MP Marilène Gill’s plan to protect employee pensions and group insurance plans during corporate bankruptcy, Conservative MP John Barlow’s proposal to tighten the rules protecting animals from communicable diseases and Bloc Québécois MP Claude DeBellefeuille’s pitch to extend employment insurance benefits for “illness, disease or quarantine,” all which are currently under clause-by-clause review at INDUSTRY, AGRICULTURE and HUMAN RESOURCES, respectively. (11 AM – 1 PM/3:30 – 5:30 PM)
Over at STATUS OF WOMEN, committee members will look at how to “eliminate hate crimes and violence against women and marginalized groups” during panel discussions with representatives from the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Canada, Council of Agencies Serving South Asians and Muslim Council of Calgary, as well as human rights activist Amira Elghawaby. (11 AM – 1 PM)
Also this morning: INDIGENOUS AND NORTHERN AFFAIRS hears another round of expert testimony on sex trafficking of Indigenous peoples, which will include presentations by the Ontario Native Women’s Association as well as a panel of academic researchers. (11 AM _ 1 PM)
Meanwhile, FINANCE members continue to explore the Canada Revenue Agency’s ongoing campaign to “combat tax avoidance and evasion” with KPMG accountant Serge Bilodeau. (3:30 – 5:30 PM)
Finally, TRANSPORT members resume their study into railway safety. (3:30 – 5:30 PM)
Committee highlights courtesy of our friends at iPoliticsINTEL.