Federal Legislation affecting People with Disabilities: Where We Are Today

(Disponible en français : Législation fédérale concernant les personnes handicapées : la situation actuelle) A Move towards a Canadians with Disabilities Act While there is currently no overarching federal disability legislation in Canada, the idea has garnered attention for decades. Many voices, including a parliamentary committee, a federal task force, and advocates have called for…

Understanding Artificial Intelligence – Canadian Perspectives

(Disponible en français : Comprendre l’intelligence artificielle – Perspectives canadiennes) Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the way we live, work, and play. This transformative technology can affect manufacturing, transportation, national security, the delivery of health care and other public or private services. Stemming from ongoing AI research, current developments include predictive analytics, natural language processing (understanding…

Canada’s G7 Presidency

(Disponible en français : Présidence canadienne du G7) In January 2018, Canada assumed the presidency of the Group of Seven (G7). Canada will host G7 leaders at a Summit taking place in Charlevoix, Quebec on 8-9 June. The G7 is an informal bloc of seven industrialized democracies – Canada, France, the United States, the United…

Taxation and Regulation of Digital Currencies

(Disponible en français : Fiscalité et réglementation des monnaies numériques) This HillNote is the first of three on the topic of digital currencies. Part 2 of the series will deal with issues and concerns related to digital currencies and part 3 will discuss blockchain technology and its various applications. A.        Digital Currencies Since 2008, digital…

Canada’s Third Universal Periodic Review Before the United Nations Human Rights Council

(Disponible en français : Troisième examen périodique universel du Canada devant le Conseil des droits de l’homme des Nations Unies) On 11 May, Canada’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General will lead a delegation of senior federal civil servants and representatives from the governments of Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador to appear before a working group…

To Be or Not to Be an Officer of Parliament, That Is the Question

(Disponible en français : Être ou ne pas être un haut fonctionnaire du Parlement, telle est la question) The year 2017 produced a new crop of officers of Parliament. New incumbents have been appointed in the roles of Commissioner of Official Languages, Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, Commissioner of Lobbying and Information Commissioner. In addition, the…

What Does Budget 2018 Tell Us about Projected Federal Revenues, Expenditures, Budgetary Balance and Debt?

(Disponible en français : Que nous apprend le budget fédéral de 2018 sur les projections relatives aux recettes, aux dépenses, au solde budgétaire et à l’endettement?) One of Parliament’s fundamental roles is to review and approve the government’s spending and taxation proposals. This HillNote analyzes the projected federal revenues, expenditures, budgetary balance and debt presented in Budget…

International Women’s Day: Understanding Gender-Responsive Budgeting

(Disponible en français : Journée internationale des femmes : Comprendre la budgétisation sensible à la sexospécificité) International Women’s Day – observed every year on March 8th – provides Canadians with an opportunity to reflect on women’s achievements and to promote the advancement of gender equality. This year, Canada’s theme is #MyFeminism, “inspired by the role feminism…