The coming fall

The Canadian Press, CBC and CTV preview the fall sitting. I’ll have my own scene-setter in the next print edition. In short, it promises to be a busy few months.

In addition to an ambiguous vow to focus on “jobs and the economy” and a promise to be “flexible” if necessary, the government has set out four legislative goals: the elimination of the long-gun registry, Canadian Wheat Board reform, passage of an omnibus crime bill and the rebalancing of representation in the House of Commons. When the House returns to business tomorrow it is set to resume second-reading debate on human smuggling and Senate reform legislation.

Beyond that there will be some or all of: a security perimeter deal with Obama administration, legislation to extend the parliamentary mandate for the military mission in Libya, the continuation of trade talks with the European Union, committee proceedings to fill two Supreme Court vacancies, an economic update from the Finance Minister, legislation to reinstate of two anti-terrorism provisions, legislation to institute copyright reform and decisions on shipbuilding procurement.

And beyond Ottawa, between October 1 and November 7, there will be seven provincial or territorial elections (Newfoundland and Labrador, PEI, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and Yukon) and the selection of a new premier in Alberta.