What We’re Watching
- Despite recent criticism for comments made by Immigration and Labour Minister Jean Boulet, the CAQ continues to hold on to their strong lead as Quebecers head to the polls today.
- Last Wednesday, Prime Minister Trudeau and Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey toured the damage caused by Hurricane Fiona in Port aux Basques. When speaking with reporters, the Prime Minister stated the federal government would support the provincial government’s efforts instead of creating a separate federal relief fund for residents.
- Shortly after CPC Leader Pierre Poilievre reported threats of sexual violence made against his wife, Anaida, Jeremy MacKenzie was arrested in Nova Scotia and charged with counts related to an alleged assault that occurred in November 2021.
In the House
- Last week, the CPC introduced an opposition motion to institute a moratorium on new taxes, calling on the government to commit to ‘no new taxes on gas, groceries, home heating and paycheques.’
- Bill C-29, An Act to establish a national council for reconciliation, was adopted unanimously last week.
- Bill C-30, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act, which would increase the maximum GST/HST rebate for six months as temporary financial support, will be referred to committee this week.
- Bill C-31, An Act respecting cost of living relief measures related to dental care and rental housing, will pick up debate and continue second reading in the House today.
- Bill S-5, An Act to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, which includes amendments to the Food and Drugs Act, will be debated during second reading on Wednesday.
Legislation and Committee Updates
- INAN will meet today to continue discussions regarding Arctic sovereignty, security, and emergency preparedness of Indigenous Peoples.
- OGGO will meet today to discuss the outsourcing of contracts.
- TRAN will meet today to discuss reducing red tape for rural and urban Canadian airports.
- ETHI will meet today at the request of committee members.
- FINA will meet today to discuss Bill C-30, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act, which would increase the maximum GST/HST rebate for six months as temporary financial support.
- CIIT will meet on Tuesday to discuss the potential impacts of ArriveCan on certain Canadian sectors.
- LANG will meet on Tuesday and Thursday to discuss Bill C-13, An Act to amend the Official Languages Act and mandate the use of French in federally regulated industries.
In the Senate
- Last week, the Prime Minister announced the appointments of two new independent Senators. Dr. Flordeliz (Gigi) Osler is an internationally renowned surgeon who operates in Winnipeg, an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba, and a dedicated advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion. Ian Shugart devoted his life to public service and held increasingly senior leadership positions within the federal public service, most recently as the 24th Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet.
- The Senate committee on Indigenous Peoples will meet on Tuesday to hear from witnesses regarding the constitutional, treaty, political, and legal responsibilities to First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples.
- The Senate committee on Transport and Communications will meet on Tuesday to discuss Bill C-11, An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act.
- Saskatchewan is the first Canadian province to mark a treaty boundary along a major provincial highway, announcing the installation of several treaty boundary signs and markers across the province last week.
- Longtime Manitoba politician and NDP stalwart Bill Blaikie passed away last week. Many heartfelt tributes came in after his family shared the news through a Facebook post.
- Last week, Statistics Canada released a report showcasing GDP growth at 1%, defying speculations about a possible recession.
- Citing ‘operational readiness,’ the Canadian Armed Forces will continue enforcing its vaccination policy, despite suspending the requirement for federal employees, including civilians working for the Department of National Defence.
- The Green Party announced it would ‘downsize’ its leadership contest following several resignations from the party’s leadership organizing committee.
- Over the weekend, Ontario raised its minimum wage by 50 cents to an hourly rate of $15.50.
- It’s been a busy back-to-school season for the government: Ontario’s Appeal Court will hear a case in which the government is seeking to mandate a math test for new teachers. Minister of Children, Community, and Social Services Merrilee Fullerton refused to divulge progress on previous commitments regarding core autism therapies, and Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy announced additional financial relief for tutors working with children who have fallen behind during the pandemic.
- The Ontario Public Service has formally filed grievances to have the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation recognized as a holiday for their members.
- The Alberta Medical Association reached an agreement with the provincial government to improve physician compensation and invest additional funds into Alberta’s primary care network, among other commitments.
- Provincial Justice Minister Tyler Shandro released a statement announcing that Alberta would refuse to participate in the federal government’s buyback program to remove assault-style firearms from Canadian communities.
- On Thursday last week, the Supreme Court of Canada turned down requests from a coal miner and two First Nations to resume mining for steelmaking coal at a previously mined site.
- Last week, the provincial government announced expansions in scopes of practice for pharmacists and first responders as part of their human resource plan to address understaffing issues in healthcare.
- As the only official candidate running in the BC NDP’s leadership race, David Eby released additional details on his housing platform, including establishing a ‘flipping tax’ and legalizing secondary suites across the province.
- In June 2021, more than two-thirds of attending delegates voted to consider a new name. Now, the BC Liberals have offered up a ‘fresh alternative’ in response: BC United.
- Last week, Defence Minister Anita Anand confirmed there are over 700 Canadian Armed Forces personnel assisting with recovery efforts after Hurricane Fiona caused widespread damage across Atlantic Canada.
- Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey announced a $30 million relief package, which residents can access through the Canadian Red Cross. Funds are available as early as today.
- Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston also announced a suite of financial supports for residents impacted by Hurricane Fiona, including for the loss of power, tree removal, top-ups for income assistance recipients, and one-time grants for small businesses and non-profit organizations.
- P.E.I residents are concerned about their futures after learning how Hurricane Fiona has reshaped the island’s shorelines.