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NDP wants Ottawa to keep its $280 million CETA promise to N.L.

02/02/2015 06:11 EST | Updated 04/04/2015 05:59 EDT
As the second week of the winter sitting gets underway, the New Democrats will spend the day attempting to persuade their colleagues to back an Opposition Day motion to give Newfoundland and Labrador the official, if non-binding backing of the House in its ongoing battle with Ottawa over  $280 million in promised federal funding related to the Canada-European Union free trade deal.

The full text of that motion:

St. John's MP Ryan Cleary will lay out the details of his party's proposal during a mid-morning appearance in the Commons Foyer.

Before that debate gets started, however, Liberal MP Mark Eyking will get his first opportunity to present a motion that calls on the government to show its support for the Canadian agricultural sector by boosting rail service and capacity across Canada.

This evening, the House will hold a final vote on C-44, which was introduced last fall in the wake of the October 22 shooting, and would give the Canadian Security Intelligence Service explicit authority to track suspects across international borders.

Later this afternoon, the Subcommittee on an Code of Conduct for MPs will hold its first public meeting — an hour-long session with House of Commons deputy law clerk Richard Denis and Chief Human Resources Officer Pierre Parent — before retreating behind closed doors to discuss future business

Also on the committee schedule this afternoon:

- Justice Minister Peter MacKay and Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney field questions on the government's latest bid to increase penalties for "child predators" during a joint appearance at Justice, where MPs will also hear from RCMP deputy commissioner Peter Henschel and a phalanx of senior departmental officials.

- Auditor General Michael Ferguson shares his findings on Canada's efforts to combat transnational crime at Public Accounts.

- International Trade continues its exploration into the "positive effects" of the government's Global Markets Action Plan.

Finally, Health Minister Rona Ambrose joins Canadian Tire executive T.J. Flood and LIFT Philanthropy Partners CEO Bruce Dewar by the entrance to the Rideau Canal to announce the winner of The Play Exchange.

"This is an outdoor event," the advisory warns. "Please dress according to the weather."

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