An update on legislation, developments and political discussions affecting local businesses.
Monday, Feb. 11:
- Justice Minister Rob Nicholson announced that the government will no longer be pursuing the controversial internet snooping bill C-30.
- International Co-operation Minister Julian Fantino, along with Parliamentary Secretary for International Co-operation Lois Brown and Parliamentary Secretary for International Trade Gerald Keddy, hosted a roundtable discussion in Ottawa on ways to leverage the private sector for Canada’s international development goals.
Tuesday, Feb. 12
- Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance to discuss the Bank’s recently released January Monetary Policy Report.
- Labour Minister Lisa Raitt met with members of the Canadian Mining Innovation Council to discuss workplace diversity and occupational health and safety.
- Minister of State (Finance) Ted Menzies hosted a pre-budget consultation via teleconference with community and business leaders from Vancouver, Toronto, Québec City and Halifax.
- Public Safety Minister Vic Toews announced that the National Crime Prevention Centre’s Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Program is once again accepting applications for funding. The deadline for applications is March 26.
Wednesday, Feb. 13:
- The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada issued commissioner’s guidance to clarify three issues related to the Code of Conduct for the Credit and Debit Card Industry in Canada.
- Labour Minister Lisa Raitt addressed attendees at the Canadian Rheumatology Association Annual Scientific Meeting and Arthritis Health Professions Association Annual Meeting in Ottawa, highlighting the government’s commitment to safer workplaces.
Thursday, Feb. 14:
- Public Works and Government Services Canada announced a request for proposals to conduct an independent review of National Defence’s life-cycle cost estimates for the F-35, which will be included in the 2013 Annual Update to Parliament on the Next Generation Fighter Capability.
- The Senate Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce tabled its report on Bill C-28, Financial Literacy Leader Act, sending the legislation back to the Senate without amendment.
- Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird began a nine-day trip to promote and protect Canadian interests and values in Latin America. The Minister was scheduled to visit Mexico, Peru, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Cuba.
- Transport Minister Denis Lebel and Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced new safety regulations requiring new vehicles in Canada to include shoulder belts in the rear centre seat.
Friday, Feb. 15:
- Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development John Duncan resigned from his cabinet portfolio. Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages James Moore will serve in the portfolio until a new minister is named.
- International Trade Minister Ed Fast praised the government of Burma’s decision to offer Canadian businesspeople visas on arrival to Burma, effective Feb. 1. Previously, one had to apply before leaving Canada, often resulting in delays.
- Finance Minister Jim Flaherty attended a meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bankers in Moscow.
- Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced the following diplomatic appointments: Richard Bale becomes consul general in Mumbai (Republic of India); Stéphane Larue becomes consul general in São Paulo (Federative Republic of Brazil); David Sproule becomes ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway.
- Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney announced federal funding to help Lévis, Que., firm Biovélia commercialize state-of-the-art technology for the controlled release of active ingredients in pills. The $70,000 repayable contribution comes through the Canada Economic Development’s Quebec Economic Development Program.
Eye on the Hill is prepared by Ottawa-based government relations and communications firm Flagship Solutions.