Questions post Question Period
Thanks to CTV, we have learned today that the Prime Minister plans to unveil his economic-stimulus update in Saint John, New Brunswick. Perhaps at a doughnut shop?
What we don't know, so far, is whether anything will be tabled in the House of Commons first, as is the long practice for budgets, committee reports, etc. (The thinking being that members of Parliament are owed the respect of first hearing of the work of government.)
We do know that there will be a confidence vote three days after this report is tabled, in accordance with the agreement Mr. Harper signed with Mr. Ignatieff last June. For the bored/curious/nerds out there, here's the wording of that agreement. Also printed below here -- as the draft released when first announced.
THAT this House recognizes that its constitutional role of holding the government to account requires regular, orderly, timely, and clearly understood procedural opportunities for doing so, while not unduly restricting the ability of the government to manage its legislative program, and therefore, notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practice of this House, when the House adjourns on Friday, June 19th, 2009, it shall stand adjourned until 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 14th, 2009, whereupon it will commence its fall sittings for the Supply Period ending on December 10th, 2009; provided that:
(i) the House will not sit the week beginning September 21st 2009 to avoid conflicts with G-20 meetings;
(ii) in addition to the accountability reports already required by the Liberal amendment to the 2009 Budget motion, the Government will prepare a further accountability report, meeting all the requirements of that said Liberal amendment, and table it in Parliament during the week of September 28th, 2009, to be followed by an allotted day for the Official Opposition two sitting days later; and
(iii) this House orders that section (10) of Standing Order 81 be amended by adding, immediately after paragraph (c) thereof, the following:
" (d) In each of the supply periods described in paragraph (a), the first allotted day shall be no earlier than the eighth sitting day and no later than the twelfth sitting day in that period; and no fewer than four nor more than seven sitting days shall be permitted to pass between allotted days within each period, provided that, in any case, the last allotted day in each period shall not be more than seven sitting days before the last sitting day in that period."