On the committee: conversion therapy, pre-budget consultations and student loans

Justice Secretary David Lametti iPolitics / Andrew Meade Photo

After the government’s proposed amendment to Medical Aid for Dying Laws was formally completed, JUSTICE Members will return their collective attention to Justice Minister David Lametti seek to restrict – and in some cases ban – the practice of “conversion therapy” which was supported by all parties in a crucial second reading vote last month.

Lametti himself is to testify with his colleague today Bardish Chaggerwhose portfolio spans diversity, inclusion and youth, and Manager of the LGBTQ2 secretariat Fernand Comeau and senior Justice Department officials. (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

At FINANCEIn the meantime, MPs are finally ready to start pre-budget consultations, which usually take place earlier in the autumn session. However, they were delayed by the week-long hiatus on whether the committee should resume its investigation into the WE Charity controversy.

On the witness list for today: representatives of the Canadian Nurses Association, Community Food Centers Canada, Skills Canada, Canadian Produce Marketing Association and Food and Beverage Canadaas well as the arts and culture sector. (4 p.m. – 6 p.m.)

Also today in the Commons Committee:

Auditor General Karen Hogan informs PUBLIC ACCOUNTS Members on the key findings of their office’s report on the overall management of student financial assistance, which concluded that Employment and Social Development Canada “Needs to improve his management of some aspects” of the program while the Canada Revenue Agency “Didn’t have all of the tools” needed to “effectively” get back defaulted student loans. (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
FOREIGN AFFAIRS The members continue to investigate “vulnerabilities caused and exacerbated by the pandemic” with statements from scientists and political experts (3:30 pm – 5:30 pm).
TRANSPORT investigates the effects of the pandemic on the aviation sector Scott Streiner, CEO of the Canadian Transportation Agency, as well as Brigitte Diogo, Vice President of the Canadian Public Health Department and senior department officials (3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
INDIGENOUS AND NORTHERN MATTERS Members delve deeper into assisting indigenous “communities, businesses and individuals” in the context of pandemics amid a second wave of outbreaks (11 am-1pm) HUMAN RESOURCES holds panel discussions one after the other on the topic of “urban, rural and northern indigenous dwellings” with representatives of the Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg, Namerind Housing Corporation, and Métis Urban Housing Corporation of Alberta. (6.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.)
AGRICULTURE Members interview experts from academia and industry on Canada’s processing capabilities before retreating behind closed doors to discuss future business. (3.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.) Assemble in the camera today: PROCEDURES AND DOMESTIC AFFAIRS, STATUS OF WOMEN and CANADA-CHINA RELATIONS.

On the Senate side Jean-Yves Duclos, CFO appears before NATIONAL FINANCE as senators review the latest major and minor appraisal requests. (12:30 PM)

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