Wednesday: estimates voting, Conservative motion on sex offenders

Wednesday: estimates voting, Conservative motion on sex offenders

UPDATED June 14, 2017 9:19amET

Votes are scheduled on the main and supplementary estimates — with the possibility of 245 separate recorded votes initiated by the Conservatives that would stretch today’s sitting to Friday morning.

It’s also the last of three consecutive opposition days in the House of Commons, with this motion expected from Conservative justice critic Rob Nicholson after this afternoon’s question period:

That the House:

(a) acknowledge that Bill C-26, Tougher Penalties for Child Predators Act, received Royal Assent on June 18, 2015;

(b) acknowledge that through two federal budget cycles, the current government has failed to fund and implement this Act, as passed two years ago;

(c) agree on the public safety importance of a publicly accessible high risk child sex offender registry database; and

(d) re-affirm that Canadian citizens have the right to know about dangerous and high risk child sex offenders living in their community and neighbourhood for the purpose of protecting their children, families, and loved ones; accordingly, the House call upon the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness to fully implement Bill C-26, Tougher Penalties for Child Predators Act.

Bill C-243 is voted on at third reading, plus yesterday’s NDP motion on the appointments process and a concurrence motion for a committee report that calls for an end to Bill S-217, which would expand the grounds for keeping an accused person in custody. The Crown would be required at bail hearings to highlight a past criminal records, other pending charges, or past failures to appear in court.

In committee:

  • Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly and Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen discuss francophone minority communities at the official languages committee. LIVE ONLINE 12pm ET / 9am PT
  • Julie Gelfand, the federal environment and sustainable development commissioner, appears at the environment committee.
  • Government officials brief the public safety committee on Bill C-23.
  • David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to the United States, appears at the Senate foreign affairs committee. LIVE ONLINE 4:15pm ET / 1:15pm PT
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains answers questions at the Senate banking committee. LIVE ONLINE 4:15pm ET / 1:15pm PT