Tis’ the (Silly) Season | Your Look Ahead from Summa Strategies

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What We’re Watching

  • The federal government’s gun control legislation, Bill C-21, has come under scrutiny in recent days as a number of individuals and groups have come forward to criticize the bill. Montreal Canadien’s goaltender Carey Price shared his support for a firearms rights lobby group on Instagram, garnering much media attention, while the Assembly of First Nations have passed an emergency resolution to oppose the legislation. Prime Minister Trudeau has signaled modifications to the Bill would be imminent. 
  • COP15, the UN Biodiversity Conference began last Wednesday in Montreal. Important discussions are to be held on a new set of goals to guide the global community through 2030 to halt and reverse nature loss.
  • Amidst ongoing investigations into the claim that agents of the People’s Republic of China were trying to influence the outcome of the federal election, the Prime Minister’s national security adviser stated that she has seen no evidence of foreign funding to federal election candidates. 
  • A by-election in the Mississauga-Lakeshore riding will take place today. With over 40 candidates on the ballot, the race will be the first electoral test for Conservative opposition leader Pierre Poilievre in a key Greater Toronto Area battleground.

In the House

Legislation 

  • According to the Thursday Question, priority will be given to debating Bill S-8 , S-4, and C-18. 
  • Bill C-18, the Online News Act, is currently at the report stage. 
  • Bill S-8, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, will undergo second reading.
  • Bill S-4, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Identification of Criminals Act and to make related amendments to other Acts (COVID-19 response and other measures), completed second reading in late November.

Committee Updates

  • AGRI will meet today to discuss Food Price Inflation. 
  • FEWO will meet today to discuss Women and Girls in Sport. 
  • INAN will meet today to discuss Indigenous Languages Study. 
  • FINA will meet Monday to discuss Implementation of Part 4 of Bill C-19 and Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the 2023 Budget.
  • SRSR will meet today to discuss Research and Scientific Publication in French, International Moonshot Programs, and Small Modular Nuclear Reactors. 
  • RNNR will meet tomorrow to discuss Creating a Fair and Equitable Canadian Energy Transformation. 

In the Senate

  • Bill C-32, an Act to implement certain provisions of the fall economic statement, is at second reading in the Senate. 
  • Bill C-29, an Act to provide for the establishment of a national council for reconciliation is at second reading in the Senate. 
  • RIDR will meet today to Examine such issues as may arise from time to time relating to human rights generally. 

ICYMI

  • The Bank of Canada raised interest rates again on Wednesday. The rate is now at 4.25%. 
  • Last Thursday, the Prime Minister delivered remarks at the Special Chiefs Assembly of the Assembly of First Nations. The AFN chiefs put forward a request to Ottawa to pay a minimum of $20 billion to child welfare survivors.  
  • A study was released last week that found only a fraction of air passengers used the ArriveCAN app after it was deemed optional.
  • After the Child Dental Benefit applications opened on December 1, tens of thousands of families have applied for the program. 
  • Prime Minister Trudeau and Ontario Premier Ford announced the opening of Canada’s first full-scale electric vehicle manufacturing plant in Ingersoll, Ontario. 
  • The Premiers held a virtual news conference to discuss issues within children’s hospitals and the ongoing wave of child illnesses. 
  • Minister Wilkinson announced the federal government’s $3.8 million critical mineral strategy on Friday.

Provincial Updates

#ONPoli

  • Marit Stiles is set to become leader of Ontario’s NDP as she remained the lone candidate at the time last week’s deadline for entry into the race.
  • Protests continue after Ontario’s new housing act became law. Premier Ford has criticized Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie for her opposition to the legislation.
  • The Deputy Prime Minister and Toronto’s Mayor Tory announced funding of up to $1.5 billion for the rehabilitation and expansion of the Toronto Transit Commission’s Bloor-Yonge Subway Station. 

#ABPoli

  • This week, the Alberta legislature passed Premier Smith’s sovereignty act. The Prime Minister stated that Ottawa will work constructively with the province on the issue. 

#BCPoli

  • Premier Eby unveiled his new cabinet on Wednesday. Eby kept many key ministries unchanged but notably removed Selina Robinson as Finance Minister. 
  • Amid the surge in respiratory illnesses, the B.C. Federation of Labour has called for 15 paid sick days. 

#ATLPoli

  • Patients in the Maritimes have been facing extended wait times to see a specialist, leading to greater negative outcomes.

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