Today in Politics: Phoenix Testimony, Riding Names, and the Podcast

Today in Politics: Phoenix Testimony, Riding Names, and the Podcast

November 28, 2017 6amET


Pair of Committees Look at Phoenix 


Auditor General Michael Ferguson outlines his recent report on the federal government’s troubled Phoenix pay system for civil servants. MPs will also question top officials from the Treasury Board and Department of Public Works and Government Services. LIVE ONLINE at 8:45am ET / 5:45am PT

That’s not the only committee looking at Phoenix today. Public Services and Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough visits the government operations committee. LIVE ONLINE at 11am ET / 8am PT

Ferguson claimed the cost to fix Phoenix could rival the $1.2 billion CAD spent by Australia’s Queensland government on a similar pay problem.

Prime Minister Offers LGBTQ2 Apology

The government, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, offers a formal apology this afternoon for the past mistreatment of LGBTQ2 Canadians.


Riding Names


Liberal MP Brenda Shanahan wants a name change for her Quebec riding. Châteauguay—Lacolle is confusing, she argues, because the municipality of Lacolle is in a neighbouring riding. (Though her riding does contain Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle.)

So she has a private member’s bill to officially rename it “Châteauguay—Les Jardins-de-Napierville.” Debate is scheduled to begin later today.

How are the boundaries – and names — set for Canada’s 338 federal ridings?

Independent commissions are established in each province to consider the electoral map, based on the census.

The last happened in 2012, based on the previous year’s population figures.

Commissioners, who are appointed by each province’s chief justice and the Speaker of the House of Commons, consider geography, history, and population in crafting their proposed boundary changes. Public hearings follow, along with study by a parliamentary committee for any comments and objections.

The final map is provided to the Chief Electoral Officer (Elections Canada).

Quebec’s boundary commission initially called for historic names for newly-redrawn ridings, such as Maurice Richard and Paul Sauvé. But the idea was also abandoned in its final report.


In the House


A time allocation motion is expected on the government’s second budget implementation bill (C-63), which is at report stage.

-Andrew Thomson

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