Week of Sept 26, 2016

Parliament Update – Week of Sept 26, 2016

This week in Parliament, we covered topics including labour unions, national security, and the protection of animals.

The following was debated in the House:

  • Bill C-4 – An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code, the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act, the Public Service Labour Relations Act and the Income Tax Act (Third Reading)
  • Bill C-22 – An Act to establish the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians and to make consequential amendments to certain Acts (Second Reading)
  • Bill C-227 – An Act to amend the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act (community benefit) (Second Reading)
  • Bill C-236 – An Act to amend the Payment Card Networks Act (credit card acceptance fees) (Second Reading)
  • Bill C-246 – Modernizing Animal Protections Act (Second Reading)
  • NDP motion regarding Canadian arms sales and exports
  • Motion 45 – Infrastructure investments
  • Motion 24 – Tamil Heritage Month

The Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development (ENVI) resumed. This week, we discussed federal protected areas and conservation objectives. For more information on these meetings, visit: www.parl.gc.ca/Committees/en/ENVI

I participated in the debate on Monday, asking questions on Bill C-4. I also gave a statement on the same day, paying tribute to our fallen police and peace officers who were honoured at the Canadian Police and Peace Officers’ 39th Annual Memorial service at Parliament Hill and across Canada.

On Thursday, and as part of my role to bring forward the concerns of constituents in our riding, I questioned the Minister of International Trade on what the Liberal Government is doing to ensure a softwood lumber deal is signed by October 12.

You can read my above questions and statements on the corresponding day’s Hansard at http://www.parl.gc.ca/housechamberbusiness/ChamberSittings.aspx

This week, I attended 11 meetings and six events. I will return to the riding this weekend to participate in an event honouring Veterans, as well as an event to celebrate the local arts community. My next update will be on the happenings of Parliament as it continues to sit next week.

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