An update on legislation, developments and political discussions affecting local businesses.
Monday, Sept. 23:
Industry Minister James Moore announced the publication of the list of applicants for the 700 MHz spectrum auction scheduled for January 14, 2014.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced the next step in Canada’s venture capital action plan with the National Research Council of Canada’s industrial research assistance program (NRC-IRAP) issuing an RFP for funding support from leading business incubators and accelerators in Canada.
Tuesday, Sept. 24:
Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel announced federal funding to help Industek Inc. of Victoriaville, Que. acquire manufacturing equipment. The $150,000 loan comes through Canada Economic Development’s Quebec economic development program.
Wednesday, Sept. 25:
Mr. Moore announced the reappointment of John Walter as Chief Executive Officer of the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and the Competition Bureau announced that they have signed a letter of agreement calling for closer cooperation between the two agencies.
Thursday, Sept. 26:
Commissioner of Canada Elections Yves Côté announced his office has laid four charges under the Canada Elections Act against Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro and his Financial Officer Richard McCarthy for exceeding spending limits and filing an improper return for the 2008 general election. Mr. Del Mastro announced he is resigning from the Conservative caucus and will sit as an independent until the matter is resolved.
International Trade Minister Ed Fast and MP Royal Galipeau (Ottawa-Orleans) attended the grand opening of Ericsson Canada’s expanded research and development centre in Ottawa.
Treasury Board President Tony Clement announced the signing of a tentative agreement between the federal government and the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers, the union that represents the federal government’s diplomats.
Friday, Sept. 27:
The Department of Finance released the July 2013 edition of the fiscal monitor. The budgetary deficit came in at $2.0 billion in July 2013, compared to a deficit of $1.4 billion in July 2012. Revenues were down $500 million (2.6%) thanks to a decrease in income tax revenue.
Eye on the Hill is prepared by Ottawa-based government relations and communications firm Flagship Solutions.