Week of January 29, 2018

Parliament Update – Week of January 29, 2018

This week Parliament reconvened for the spring session.

The following was debated in the House:

  • Bill C-50 – An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (political financing) (Report Stage)Bill C-62 – An act to amend the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations Act and other acts (Second Reading)
  • Bill C-65 – An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (harassment and violence), the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act and the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1 (Second Reading)
  • Bill C-348 – An Act to amend the Department of Employment and Social Development Act (persons with disabilities) (Second Reading)
  • Bill C-365 – An Act to amend the Criminal Code (firefighting equipment) (Second Reading)
  • Bill S-2 – Strengthening Motor Vehicle Safety for Canadians Act (Third 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 (Second Reading)
  • M-124 – Automated external defibrillators (Agreed to)
  • M-133 – British Home Child Day
  • M-148 – National Impaired Driving Prevention Week

On Monday, I participated in debate by asking questions on Bill C-65, which strengthens the existing framework for the prevention of harassment and violence, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, in the work place.

On Tuesday, I gave a statement in the House, congratulating Grande Cache on the sale of their steelmaking coal mine. The new owners plan to restart operations after the purchase closes later this spring.

On Thursday, I participated in debate by asking a question on Bill C-62, which deals with the collective bargaining process for civil servants.

On Friday, I participated in debate by speaking on M-148, which is a motion to establish National Impaired Driving Prevention Week in the third week of March each year; I asked a question on Bill C-50, which changes the rules around cash-for-access political fundraisers; and, I gave a statement in the House on the Prime Minister’s refusal to provide funding for injured veterans.

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.

As announced earlier this week, I have been named as a member of the Standing Committee Canadian Heritage (CHPC). For more information on these meetings, visit the CHPC Committee website at www.ourcommons.ca/Committees/en/CHPC.

As CHPC did not sit on Thursday, I had the opportunity to attend the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU) where we continued to hear witnesses on the broadband study.

I also sat on the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (SECU) on Tuesday, where we heard witnesses on Bill C-59 which overhauls our national security and intelligence agencies.

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

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