CPWA Ottawa Report

March 7, 2022

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The next edition of the Ottawa Report is scheduled to be sent March 28.

Latest News


Prime Minister Trudeau Revokes Emergencies Act


On February 23, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the government would be ending the invocation of the Emergencies Act. On February 21, the House of Commons had passed Motion No. 32 for confirmation of the declaration of emergency by a vote of 185 – 151, with the NDP supporting the Liberal government. The Senate was still debating the motion to confirm the declaration of a public order emergency when the Prime Minister made his announcement, so Senator Marc Gold, the government’s representative in the Senate, withdrew the motion that was being debated. Though the Act has been revoked, its invocation requires that a special joint Committee of the House and Senate be established to review the actions taken by the government. On March 2, the House passed Motion No. 37 Government Business No. 9 (Parliamentary review committee pursuant to the Emergencies Act), which would set up a joint parliamentary committee with co-chair positions being given to the NDP, Bloc Québécois, and a yet-to-be named Senator. The Conservatives opposed the government’s motion. On March 3, the Senate voted in favour of a motion to set up a joint committee with the House to review how the government used its powers under the Emergencies Act. The Senate’s motion specified that a Senator from the Independent Senators Group would hold the co-chair position reserved for a Senator on the Committee. It also changed the structure of the Committee to give an extra vice-chair position to the Conservative Senate caucus. The Senate selected the following members to serve on the Committee alongside seven MPs:
  • Senator Gwen Boniface (Ontario) – Independent Senators Group
  • Senator Claude Carignan (Quebec) – Conservative Party of Canada
  • Senator Peter Harder (Ontario) – Progressive Senate Group
  • Senator Vernon White (Ontario) – Canadian Senators Group


Conservative Party Leader Announces Changes to Conservative Leadership Team


On February 25, Interim Conservative Party Leader Candice Bergen announced a change to the Leadership Team. Ms. Bergen asked MP Melissa Lantsman (Thornhill, Ontario) to join the Leadership Team as the Chair of Outreach. This is in addition to Ms. Lantsman’s role as Shadow Minister for Transport. On February 22, Ms. Bergen announced changes to the Conservative Party of Canada’s (CPC) Shadow Cabinet. Of particular interest are the following Shadow Ministers:
  • Melissa Lantsman (Thornhill, Ontario) – Transport
  • Hon. Ed Fast (Abbotsford, British Columbia) – Finance
  • Kyle Seeback (Dufferin—Caledon, Ontario) – Environment and Climate Change
  • Gerard Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent, Québec) – Innovation, Science and Industry
  • Raquel Dancho (Kildonan—St. Paul, Manitoba) – Public Safety
  • Dane Lloyd (Sturgeon River—Parkland, Alberta)– Emergency Preparedness
  • Greg McLean (Calgary Centre, Alberta) – Natural Resources
The Hon. Andrew Scheer (Regina—Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan) remains Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Communities.

Legislation


The House of Commons is adjourned until Monday, March 21, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. EDT. The Senate of Canada is adjourned until Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. EDT.


Bill C-10, An Act respecting certain measures related to COVID-19, Receives Royal Assent


On March 4, Bill C-10, An Act respecting certain measures related to COVID-19, received Royal Assent. On March 3,the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, presented to the Senate its Fourth Report: Bill C-10, An Act respecting certain measures related to COVID-19, without amendment but with observations. The Bill would authorize the Minister of Health to make payments of up to $2.5 billion out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund in relation to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tests and to transfer those tests to the provinces and territories. A similar provision was included in Bill C-8, An Act to implement certain provisions of the economic and fiscal update tabled in Parliament on December 14, 2021 and other measures, which may be amended.

Committee Activities


House Finance Committee Reports Bill C-8 with Amendments
 

On March 1, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance presented to the House of Commons itsReport 2: Bill C-8, An Act to implement certain provisions of the economic and fiscal update tabled in Parliament on December 14, 2021 and other measures. The report includes one amendment requiring the Minister of Health to prepare a report every 3 months that sets out the number of payments made from the Consolidated Revenue Fund, the total amounts paid, the number of tests purchased, and how tests were distributed.


Infrastructure Minister Appears Before House Transport Committee


On February 28, Infrastructure Minister Dominic LeBlanc appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities related to the Committee’s study of the Mandate of the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities.


House Procedure and House Affairs Committee Presents Report on Changes to Committee Membership


On February 28, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs presented its Report 4: Changes to membership of Standing and Standing Joint Committees, outlining changes to the list of members and associate members of House Standing Committees. This followed a January 31 Report 2: Changes to membership of Standing and Standing Joint Committees. The current membership of all House Committees can be found on the House of Commons website here.

Departmental Updates


Indigenous Services Minister Launches First Nation Water and Wastewater Capacity Building Call for Proposals


On March 2, Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu launched a call for proposals for projects that address the retention, recruitment, and availability of water and wastewater operators working on reserve. Applicants are invited to submit proposals that will address community-based, regional, or national issues related to building water and wastewater operator capacity in First Nations communities. Proposals delivered or offered by Indigenous communities, Indigenous organizations, or in partnership with Indigenous peoples will be prioritized. Projects that are selected will receive up to $500,000 in funding to support new or expanded capacity building initiatives. The call for proposals is open until April 25, 2022. For details on how to apply, visit Capacity building for water and wastewater operators.

On the Horizon


Conservative Party Leadership Convention Scheduled for September


On March 2, the Conservative Party of Canada’s (CPC) National Council released details of the party’s convention to select their new permanent leader. The CPC convention will be held on September 10, 2022. Those interested in having their name on the ballot in September must let their intentions be known by April 19 and they have until June 3 to sign up new party members for the vote. The location of the convention will be announced at a later date.