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Tuesday: Today in Politics

November 18, 2014

MPs return to the government’s security legislation (C-44) at second reading.

Included is language allowing CSIS to perform duties, functions, and investigations both “within and outside Canada.” There are also amendments to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act designed to better protect the identity of human intelligence sources.

Bill C-44

Bill C-613 is debated at second reading. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau wants to open Board of internal Economy meetings to the public, except when considering security or personnel matters, or if there’s unanimous consent to move in camera. Trudeau’s bill would also update the access to information system by:

  • making all government information “open by default”
  • elimination of fees beyond the initial $5 request fee
  • more enforcement power for the information commissioner

In committee:

  • Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, briefs the defence committee on renewal and modernization.
  • Government officials brief the human resources and natural resources committees on the budget implementation bill (C-43). The finance and industry committees also hear witnesses on the bill.
  • The procedure committee studies the potential of electronic petitions.
  • International Trade Minister Ed Fast discusses the proposed free trade agreement with South Korea at the Senate foreign affairs committee.

-Andrew Thomson

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