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Coming in October – New HillNotes Series

Be on the lookout this fall for new posts on HillNotes, the Library of Parliament’s research and analysis blog. HillNotes provide high-quality and non-partisan overviews on topics of interest and relevance to Parliament. Since the opening of the 42nd parliament, readers have received information on topics ranging from Canada’s supply management regimes to trade negotiations,…

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Parliamentary Diplomacy, Canadian Parliamentarians and the World

Natalie Mychajlyszyn Economics, Resources and International Affairs Division In today’s complex world, the lines between domestic and international policy are blurred and governments are no longer the only global actors. As a result, Canadian parliamentarians are more than ever stepping outside their legislative chambers to speak directly with their international counterparts. In Canada, diplomatic engagement…

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The Parliamentary Financial Cycle: An Introduction

Alex Smith Economics, Resources and International Affairs Division One of Parliament’s fundamental roles is to review and approve the federal government’s taxation and spending plans. While budget-setting is an executive function, the government cannot change taxation rates, impose new taxes or spend public funds without Parliament’s approval. This document provides an introduction to the parliamentary…

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Bill C-59: Implementing the April 2015 Budget

Andre Barnes Legal and Social Affairs Division When the finance minister delivers the government’s budget in the House of Commons, a complex approval process is just beginning. Budget measures do not take effect until Parliament adopts the necessary legislation. Numerous measures contained in the most recent budget are implemented by Bill C-59, An Act to implement certain…