Week of April 23, 2018

 Parliament Update – Week of April 23, 2018

This week, we covered topics including marine protection, Budget 2018, and tobacco regulations.

The following was debated in the House:

  • Bill C-55 – An Act to amend the Oceans Act and the Canada Petroleum Resources Act (Third Reading)
  • Bill C-74 – Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1 (Second Reading)
  • Bill C-354 – An Act to amend the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act (use of wood) (Third Reading)
  • Bill C-391 – Aboriginal Cultural Property Repatriation Act (Second Reading)
  • Bill C-394 – Supporting New Parents Act (Second Reading)
  • Bill S-5 – An Act to amend the Tobacco Act and the Non-smokers’ Health Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts (Report Stage)
  • Motion No. 110 – Instruction to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (loss of an infant child)
  • Motion No. 154 – Endangered Whales
  • CPC Motion – Illegal Border Crossings
  • NDP Motion – Papal Apology on Residential Schools

On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to debate Bill C-55, which would allow the federal government to enforce marine protected areas on our coasts without consultation of local communities. The Liberals’ commitment to protect 10% of marine and coastal areas by 2020 will undoubtedly result in inadequate consultation and large areas from coast-to-coast-to-coast being closed to commercial and recreational activities.

On Thursday, I asked a question during debate on the NDP motion, which calls on the Pope to officially apologize to former students of residential schools. You can read comments, speeches, and debates in the House on the corresponding day’s Hansard at www.ourcommons.ca/en .

In the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage (CHPC), we continued our study on cultural hubs and cultural districts in Canada. For more information on these meetings, visit the CHPC Committee website at www.ourcommons.ca/Committees/en/CHPC .

This week, I attended­­ eight meetings and three events, as well as recorded two messages. I will attend the Transport Canada Safety Seminar in Fort St. John, B.C., over the weekend before returning to Ottawa as the House will resume on Monday. Look for my update next Friday on the happenings of Parliament.

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