Proposed Pot Pardon Process Set For More Last-Minute Changes on the House Floor

Article by Kady O’Malley, iPolitics

Proposed pot pardon process set for more last-minute changes on the House floor By Kady O'Malley People gather on the lawns of Parliament Hill during the annual 4/20 marijuana rally in Ottawa on April 20, 2018. iPolitics/Matthew Usherwood People gather on the lawns of Parliament Hill during the annual 4/20 marijuana rally in Ottawa on Friday, April 20, 2018. iPolitics/Matthew Usherwood

When the curtain rises on the Commons today, MPs will focus their collective attention onPublic Safety Minister Ralph Goodale’s bid to set up a “no-cost, expedited record suspensions for simple possession of cannabis,” which, it’s worth noting, may have made it through the legislative machinery in what is, at least for this government, record time, but underwent a substantial rewrite at committee and now faces still more tweaks, courtesy of a pair of report stage amendments put forward by Goodale himself.

Depending on how the opposition parties respond to the proposed changes, it could take some time for the House to wrap up debate on the proposal, although it’s still on track to make it to the Senate by next week.

Also on the Chamber radar today: Conservative MP Scott Reid’s motion to recognize January 29th — the anniversary of the Quebec mosque shooting attack — as a National Day of Solidarity with Victims of Anti-religious Bigotry and Violence.

ON & AROUND THE HILL

The Parliamentary Budget Office is set to release the results of its assessment of the potential cost of a GST rebate for residential energy use, as proposed in a private members’ motion sponsored by Conservative MP Bernard Genereux. (10 a.m.)

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