Five stories for Hill watchers

The Senate scandal: There could be more fireworks today as the Senate attempts to end debate on efforts to suspend Senators Pamela Wallin, Mike Duffy and Patrick Brazeau. And, of course, expect the opposition parties to continue hammering away at the government over the affair during question period in the House of Commons. The three senators deny any wrongdoing, but Prime Minister Stephen Harper has made clear he wants them turfed, without pay. A vote on the bid to suspend the trio is expected by midweek.

Canadian economy: Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty will get the ball rolling toward the unveiling of a fall fiscal update when he meets this morning with private sector economists. Flaherty will speak to reporters once the meeting is over.

Budget projections: Expect the Parliamentary Budget Officer to call into question the Harper government’s budget projections as he releases a report entitled “Economic and Fiscal Outlook Update.”

Canada-European trade: As several cabinet ministers have already done, Minister of State for Democratic Reform Pierre Poilievre will spell out what the Harper government sees as the benefits of the recently announced Canada-European Union trade agreement. Poilievre will make his comments in Manotick, just south of Ottawa.

Statistics CAnada: Statistics Canada will give us an idea today just how much Canadians use the internet — and how much we used it to buy things through e-commerce in 2012.

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