Monday on the Hill: Tories to re-introduce crime bill as Flaherty talks economy

OTTAWA – The federal Conservatives will try to turn the country’s attention to the Tory bedrock issues of crime and the economy today, and away from the Senate spending scandal.

Justice Minister Peter MacKay and Industry Minister James Moore will reintroduce legislation designed to better protect the public when someone is found unfit to stand trial or not criminally responsible for their actions because of mental disorder.

And Finance Minister Jim Flaherty will appear before the Senate finance committee studying the government’s second omnibus budget implementation bill.

Neither is expected to steer the opposition parties away from the Senate scandal, however, as they continue grilling the Harper government during question period in the House of Commons.

Other items on the Parliament Hill agenda for Monday:

— The announcement of a new partnership between the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

— Statistics Canada releases Canada’s population estimates for 2013 as well as the Aboriginal Peoples survey on education and employment from 2012.

— Gov. Gen. David Johnston and Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer will meet separately with Volodymyr Rybak, chairman of the Parliament of Ukraine.

— Paulette Senior, CEO of YWCA Canada, will launch the 2013 Rose Campaign to end violence against women and girls.

— Yemeni human rights activist Farea Al-Muslimi will host a news conference about the use of armed U.S. drone strikes in Yemen.

— Rail safety will be a key focus as the Commons transport committee hears from department officials on the review of the Canadian Transportation Safety Regime.

— The Senate defence committee hears witnesses on a report on Canada’s national security and defence policies, and will follow up on a previous hearing on the Canadian Forces Reserves.

— Filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin premieres her new film “Hi-Ho Mistahey!” depicting the story of the young Cree leader Shannen Koostachin and young people across Canada who campaign to improve the education rights of First Nations children on reserves.