Parliament Update – Week of February 22, 2016
This week in Parliament, we covered topics from ISIS, to employment insurance and labour.
- The Liberal Government’s Motion against ISIS was debated for most of this week. My comments in the House regarding this Motion can be found at: http://www.parl.gc.ca/content/hoc/House/421/Debates/022/HAN022-E.PDF
- A Motion introduced by our Conservative Party was voted by a wide margin to condemn the growing international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign being waged against Israel.
- The report by the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying was released this week and can be found at: http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=e&Mode=1&Parl=42&Ses=1&DocId=8120006 (the dissenting report can be found on page 51).
- The NDP put forward a Motion on Employment Insurance, calling for the House to recognize mounting job loss and lack of access to E.I. They are also calling on the Government to strengthen the E.I. system and calling for repeals of the reforms the Conservative Government made in 2012-2013.
- Private Members’ Bills (PMB) were introduced by my Conservative Colleagues during the week. Four of them deal with the Criminal Code, from protecting preborn children, to clarifying definitions dealing with firearms, and the Life Means Life Act (life sentences). A fifth PMB deals with respecting a national strategy for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. I look forward to reading these bills.
- At second reading, Bill C-4 – an Act to amend the Canada Labour Code, the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act, the Public Service Labour Relations Act and the Income Tax Act – ended the week.
Over the course of the week, I attended 11 meetings and two events. The House will be down the week of February 29, and my next update will be on my travels in the riding before my return to Ottawa on March 7.