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This week’s moving parts

Terrorism and parliamentary democracy are up for debate

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The House will take up debate of S-7, the combatting terrorism act, at noon today. This will conceivably compel Justin Trudeau to explain himself again. It will also put the New Democrats in the position of having to explain, at this sensitive moment, why they oppose this legislation.

Moving this legislation to today and Tuesday bumped the Liberal motion on statements by members to Wednesday. That means the motion won’t be debated until after the Conservative caucus meets on Wednesday morning. But there is also the question of when the Speaker will rule on Mark Warawa’s question of privilege. Will the Speaker rule before the Liberal motion is debated and voted on? And, if so, what effect will that ruling have on the debate and the vote?

John Ivison expects a ruling today.