Week of January 25, 2016 – Parliament Returns
Although the 42nd Parliament began in December, we only sat in Parliament for a brief week and a half, before the Christmas break. January 25th, was our first full session since the fall election.
The first week of Parliament covered a variety of issues from the Official Opposition calling on the Prime Minister to commit to speaking with President Obama about the expiration of the Canada-US Softwood Lumber Agreement, to a motion calling on the Government to recognize the importance of the energy sector to the Canadian economy.
The announcement to lift sanctions against Iran was disturbing given the country’s continued support for terrorism as a state policy, as are the new mechanisms in the pipeline review process that will likely create delays and not change support level.
The Special Joint Commons Committee on physician-assisted dying re-convened, and is holding a series of public consultations to hear from experts and stakeholders with the goal of reporting back with legislative suggestions by February 26th.
A Private Member’s Bill was introduced in the House by Liberal MP Maurice Belanger, calling for changing a line in our National Anthem from ‘in all thy sons command’ to ‘in all of us command’.
As the week came to a close, the Government announced that it is considering whether to cancel Friday sittings of Parliament in order for members to be able to spend more time in their ridings.
There are a number of issues that are facing our country today and I will continue to work hard to make sure that the government of Canada focuses on issues that matter.