Today in Politics and Podcast: Harassment Report, Budget Bill

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Today in Politics and Podcast: Harassment Report, Budget Bill

UPDATED November 2, 2017 10:40amET


Read the government’s report on harassment and sexual violence in federal workplaces, which concludes: “Canadians indicated that incidents of harassment and sexual violence in the workplace are not only underreported, but also that they are often dealt with ineffectively when they are reported.”

About 80 per cent of 2015 sexual harassment complaints in federally-regulated workplaces were made by women, according to the report. 

About 60 per cent of respondents to an online survey reported harassment, followed by sexual harassment (30 per cent), violence (21 per cent), and sexual violence (2 per cent).

The government’s second budget implementation bill (C-63) is expected on the House of Commons order paper. The bill is also expected at the Commons finance committee this afternoon. LIVE ONLINE at 3:30pm ET / 12:30pm PT

The legislation includes Canada’s proposed membership in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, additional oversight powers for the Bank of Canada, and the interprovincial free trade agreement announced in April 2017.

MPs also return to a motion on federally-funded health research.

Also on Parliament Hill, the Assembly of First Nations holds a National Day of Action on First Nations Child Welfare. AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde speaks to reporters at 12pm ET / 9am PT. According to The Canadian Press, Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott has requested an emergency meeting on the issue with the provinces and territories in early 2018.

Also on the indigenous affairs front, the Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed an appeal by British Columbia’s Ktunaxa Nation to stop a resort development based on freedom of religion, protection of sacred land, and the constitutional duty to consult.

In Toronto, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at a Google Canada conference before an afternoon news conference in Brampton.

In committee:

-Andrew Thomson

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