Motion on China, Data Protection Bill – November 17, 2020
Scrums, news conferences, committees, conferences – highlights from the working day in Canadian politics:
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole speaks with reporters on Parliament Hill about his party’s opposition day motion, which is set to be debated in the House of Commons. The Conservatives are calling for the federal government to make a decision about China-based Huawei Technologies’ involvement in building Canada’s 5G network within 30 days of adopting the motion. Canada is the only Five Eyes member that has not made a decision yet about banning or restricting the use of Huawei 5G equipment. The Conservatives are also calling on the government to develop a plan to address Chinese influence operations within Canada.
Navdeep Bains, the minister of innovation, science and economic development, discusses the federal government’s plans for the implementation of its digital charter. The charter, initially announced in May 2019, is intended to guide government policy around matters such as access, personal data protection, and the addressing of online extremism.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair speaks with reporters on Parliament Hill about the highly critical report from federal Information Commissioner Caroline Maynard about the RCMP’s slow response to access to information requests. The minister has issued a ministerial directive to the national police force, giving them three months to work with Treasury Board officials and the commissioner on a plan to resolve the issues of concern.