It’s on the House | Your Look Ahead from Summa Strategies

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  • The House of Commons returns today. The cabinet was shuffled over the summer and new parliamentary secretaries were announced over the weekend. We can expect the opposition parties to question the government on housing affordability and the cost of living.
  • The federal government demanded that major Canadian grocers devise a plan to stabilize prices by Thanksgiving. Details on what the government might do after that deadline, have yet to be announced.
  • Canada’s new defence minister, Bill Blair, has been tasked with delivering a defence policy update and answering NATO’s calls to increase Canada’s defence spending, while the former defence minister and now President of the Treasury Board, Anita Annand, is calling for plans to cut $15B in government spending by October 2.
  • Political parties in Quebec called for a one-day boycott of Facebook while the standoff between Meta and the federal government continues. 

In the House

  • Bill C-26, the Act respecting cyber security, is being considered in committee.
  • Bill C-27, the Digital Charter Implementation Act, is being considered in committee. 
  • Bill C-48, the Act to amend the Criminal Code (bail reform), is currently at second reading.
  • Bill C-52, the Air Transportation Accountability Act, is currently at second reading. 
  • Bill C-244, the Act to amend the Copyright Act, is at third reading.
  • Bill S-210, the Protecting Young Persons from Exposure to Pornography Act, is at second reading. 
  • Bill C-252, the Child Health Protection Act, is at third reading. 
  • Bill C-321, the Act to amend the Criminal Code (assaults against health care professionals and first responders), is being considered in committee. 

Committee Updates

  • Committees also resume this week. With the cabinet shuffle over the summer and new parliamentary secretaries, a number of government vacancies will need to be filled. 
  • RNNR will meet today to discuss Canada’s Clean Energy Plans. 
  • HUMA will meet today to discuss the financialization of housing. 
  • ENVI will meet on Tuesday to discuss clean technologies in Canada.

In the Senate 

  • Bill C-241, the Act to amend the Income Tax Act (deduction of travel expenses for tradespersons), is being considered in committee. 
  • Bill S-254, the Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (warning label on alcoholic beverages), is being considered in committee. 

Committee Updates

  • AGFO will meet on Thursday to discuss Bill C-234, an Act to amend the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act. 

ICYMI

  • The Liberal caucus completed their pre-session retreat in London, Ontario, and the Prime Minister took the opportunity to announce several investments in housing.
  • The government also announced an extended repayment deadline for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA), but the changes were sharply criticized by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).
  • The Conservative Party held their policy convention earlier this month in Quebec City as they continue to lead in national polls.
  • The federal government announced that Justice Marie-Josée Hogue will lead the public inquiry into foreign election interference.
  • Conservative MP Michael Chong testified before the US Congress about his own experience as the target of an alleged political campaign by China.

Provincial Updates

#ONPoli 

  • Ontario MPPs are set to return to the legislative assembly on September 25, where the government will face questions surrounding its decision to remove land from the Greenbelt
  • Despite taking their case to the Supreme Court to keep their 2018 mandate letters secret, Premier Doug Ford’s instructions to his cabinet were leaked to Global News and published in a new series called ‘Mandated.’
  • Ombudsman Paul Dubé revealed Ontario’s long-term care inspection system was totally overwhelmed during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic as COVID cases are rising again. 
  • The leadership race in the Ontario Liberal Party is in full swing with the membership registration deadline having passed, and the candidates squaring off last Thursday in the first of five debates.   

#ABPoli 

  • Alberta Heath Services has been dealing with an outbreak of E. coli at a Calgary daycare. 33 people have been hospitalized since early September, including 32 children and one adult.
  • The Government of Alberta announced that the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) would pause approvals on new renewable energy projects in the province until February 29, 2024.

#BCPoli

  • Bruce Banman, the MLA for Abbotsford South and member of the Opposition B.C. United caucus, has crossed the floor to join the Conservative Party of British Columbia.
  • A new provincial poll has the B.C. Conservative Party ahead of the Official Opposition B.C. United Party.

#ATLPoli

  • Storm Lee made landfall late Saturday afternoon in Nova Scotia at near-hurricane strength. The storm continued to move northward into the Bay of Fundy hitting New Brunswick. Federal and provincial support is being mobilized to help the affected communities. 
  • New Brunswick premier, Blaine Higgs, announced that he would remain as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party and seek another mandate in the next provincial election.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey released a letter to Bank of Canada governor Tiff Macklem calling on the bank to ” consider the negative impacts” that interest rate hikes are having on Canadians.

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