A Senate committee is set to deliver a potentially damning report today on what’s causing lengthy delays in Canadian courts and recommend ways to fix the system. Senators Senators Bob Runciman, George Baker and Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu will hold a news conference in Ottawa at 11 a.m. ET and CBCNews.ca will carry it live.
As parliamentarians prepare for the summer break and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer settles into his new job, polls suggest the Liberals were still leading their rivals in the last quarter, halting a steep decline in support suffered earlier this year.
The NDP is calling for the creation of a new subcommittee to approve the nominations of all future parliamentary watchdogs, following the recent controversy over the government’s nominee for Canada’s next bilingualism watchdog.
In a sign that Independent senators are continuing to assert that independence, some in the Red Chamber are attempting to force the government to split off the infrastructure bank from the budget implementation bill, threatening to delay not only the creation of the bank but the government’s budget plans.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau has warned his British counterpart that Canada does not have the ability to exchange information on the real owners of corporations operating in offshore tax havens because of weak laws and split jurisdictions. Critics say Canada has become a global laggard in this area.
The coming retirement of chief justice of the Supreme Court could be seen by some as an opportunity for the prime minister to put his stamp on the institution, but experts say Canada’s high court is almost impossible to steer in any direction.