An update on legislation, developments and political discussions affecting local businesses.
Monday, Aug. 26:
Sen. Mac Harb announced his resignation from the Senate of Canada after repaying $180,166.17 in living and related expenses.
Ed Fast, international trade minister, announced during a recent trip to Turkey the intention to create a joint economic and trade committee between the two countries.
Denis Lebel, infrastructure minister, announced federal funding to help MPEX Business Solutions Inc. of Quebec City with product development and commercialization activities. The $200,000 repayable financial contribution comes courtesy of Canada Economic Development’s Quebec Economic Development Program.
Tuesday, Aug. 27:
Canada Post reported a loss before tax of $104 million for the second quarter, putting it on track for a massive loss for its fiscal year.
Wednesday, Aug. 28:
Royal Galipeau, member of Parliament for Ottawa-Orléans, announced $1.5 million from the Career Focus for paid internships in the biotechnology industry with BioTalent Canada of Ottawa. The government expects the program to help about 110 young people.
Thursday, Aug. 29:
Kevin Sorenson, minister of state (finance), announced measures to improve Canada’s marketing of its foreign trade zone programs and help Canadian firms compete globally.
Friday, Aug. 30
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the appointment of Sen. Claude Carignan as Leader of the Government in the Senate, effective immediately. Sen. Carignan replaces Sen. Marjory LeBreton. He will not be holding a position in cabinet as his predecessor did.
Mr. Harper also announced that he will be participating in the 2013 G-20 Leaders’ Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, on September 5 and 6
Mr. Fast announced that the governments of Canada and the United States are seeking public input on potential next steps for regulatory cooperation between the two countries.
Jim Flaherty, finance minister, released the June 2013 edition of the Fiscal Monitor. The government reported a budgetary surplus of $0.2 billion in June 2013, compared to a $1-billion deficit in June, 2012. Revenues were up $2.1 billion (10.1 per cent), with program expenses increasing by $1.2 billion (6.3 per cent).
Diane Finley, minister of public works and government services, announced a draft request for proposals to replace Canada’s fixed-wing search and rescue aircraft. Input from industry will be considered before issuing a full RFP for the project in 2014.
Mr. Lebel announced federal funding to help Dolbeau Oxygen Inc. of Dolbeau-Mistassini, Que. expand its manufacturing workshop and acquire specialized equipment. The $700,000 repayable financial contribution comes courtesy of Canada Economic Development’s Quebec Economic Development Program.
Eye on the Hill is prepared by Ottawa-based government relations and communications firm Flagship Solutions.