Week of January 28, 2019

Parliament Update – Week of January 28, 2019

This week Parliament reconvened for the spring session.

The following was debated in the House:

  • Bill C-57 – An Act to amend the Federal Sustainable Development Act (Motion for concurrence (non-concurrence) in Senate Amendments)
  • Bill C-64Senate Amendments – Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels Act (Second Reading)
  • Bill C-78 –Divorce Act (Report Stage)
  • Bill C-278 – Foreign Lobbyist Transparency Act (Second Reading)
  • Bill C-419 – Credit Card Fairness Act (Second Reading)
  • Bill C-420 – An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code, the Official Languages Act and the Canada Business Corporations Act (Second Reading)
  • Bill C-421 – An Act to amend the Citizenship Act (adequate knowledge of French in Quebec (Vote on the Designation of an Item)
  • Bill C-424 – Criminal Code (First Reading)
  • Bill C-425 – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day Act (First Reading)
  • Bill C-426 – National Defence Act (First Reading)
  • Bill C-427 – Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food Act (First Reading)
  • M-207 – Dutch Heritage Day (Private Members’ Motion)
  • CPC Opposition Motion – Federal Deficit
  • NDP Opposition Motion – Affordable Housing
  • Bill S-6 – Canada-Madagascar Tax Convention Act, 2018 (First Reading)
  • Bill S-203 — An Act to Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act (Second Reading)
  • Bill S-248 – National Physician’s Day (First Reading)

 On Monday, the Honourable Andrew Scheer introduced our new Conservative Member of Parliament, Michael Barrett, who won the federal byelection for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes.

On Friday, I commented and asked a question during debate on Bill C-64, Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels Act.  I stressed the importance of strengthening laws to protect these historic sites and ocean war graves. Later, on the same subject, I asked my Conservative colleague to “…elaborate on the need for us to now start to recognize these historically significant spots in Canada where things happened, tragedies happened, during World War II, on our east or west coasts or in the Arctic?”

Also, on Friday, I asked a question on carbon pricing as to when the Prime Minister will stop making Canadians pay for his mistakes?

To read my comments on any of the above, visit the corresponding day’s Hansard on the House Publications page at www.ourcommons.ca/en.

In the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (SECU), as a national economic security issue, we heard from witnesses on Cybersecurity in the financial sector.

This week, I attended ­seven meetings and one event. I will remain in Ottawa over the weekend. Look for my update next Friday on the happenings of Parliament.


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