Week of March 11, 2016

Parliament Update – Week of March 7, 2016

This week in Parliament, we covered topics from income tax, to citizenship and immigration.

  • The Liberal Government’s Motion on Canada’s contribution to the effort to combat ISIL was passed in Parliament. This officially confirmed the recall of our fighter jets.
  • Bill C-2, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act, was debated this week. This bill will adjust tax rates and reduce the annual contribution limit for tax-free savings accounts from $10,000 to only $5,500.
  • As well, Bill C-6, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act, was debated. This bill will make several changes, including removing the grounds for the revocation of Canadian citizenship that relate to national security.
  • A new Government bill was introduced — Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Public Service Labour Relations Act, the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board Act and other Acts and to provide for certain other measures.  Under this bill, more than 17,000 Mounties will be permitted to form a national union but will not have the right to strike.
  • Conservative MP Arnold Viersen tabled his Motion (M-47) regarding online violent and degrading sexually explicit material.
  • The Government tabled their 2016 Immigration Levels Plan which includes massive cuts to immigration streams vital to our economic growth. For more information, please see: http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1038699
  • This week, the Environment and Sustainable Development Committee (ENVI) began a review of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. We heard from senior officials from Health Canada, Environment Canada, Ecojustice Canada, Environmental Defence Canada, and the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada. You can follow the committee at: http://www.parl.gc.ca/Committees/en/ENVI
  • For more details on bills before Parliament, please see: http://www.parl.gc.ca/LEGISInfo/Home.aspx?language=E&ParliamentSession=42-1

Throughout the week, I attended 17 meetings and four events. The House will be down the week of March 14, and my next update will be on my travels in the riding before I return to Ottawa on March 20th.

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