Parliament Update – Week of December 10, 2018
The House of Commons debated the following:
- C-21 — An Act to amend the Customs Act (Second Reading and concurrence in Senate)
- C-51 – An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Department of Justice Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act (Time Allocation Motion)
- C-316 – Canada Revenue Agency Act (Third Reading)
- C-423 – Modern Slavery Act (First Reading)
- S-240 — An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (trafficking in human organs) (Second Reading)
- S-243 – Canada Revenue Agency Act
On Monday, I asked a question during debate on C-51 as to why the Liberal government would try to remove Section 176 of the Criminal Code which can directly protect the rights of individuals to freely practise their religion?
Also, on Monday, I gave a statement in the House emphasizing the need to build the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
You can read comments, speeches and debates on the corresponding day’s Hansard on the House Publications page at: www.ourcommons.ca/en
On Wednesday, an historic group photo of all Members of Parliament was taken in the House of Commons Chamber to mark the temporary closure of Centre Block.
On Thursday, December 13th Royal Assent was given to the following Bills:
C-21 — An Act to amend the Customs Act:
This law would implement an “entry/exit program” to keep track of when individual Canadians enter and leave the country — information that was not always collected in the past.
C-47 – An Act to Amend the Export and Import Permits Act:
This enables Canada to join the international Arms Trade Treaty, something the Liberals promised they would do during the 2015 election campaign.
C-51 — Purges the Criminal Code:
This had old outdated laws — often referred to as “zombie laws” — and clarifies the Code when it comes to sexual assault law.
C-76 – Electoral Reform:
This law limits the length of federal election campaigns, restricts the amount of spending allowed in the period immediately before a campaign, works to prevent foreign interference and introduces new rules to regulate third-party political activity. On third parties, the bill would require them to use a dedicated Canadian bank account for payment of election-related spending. It also limits their spending on advertising, surveys and other election-related activities to $1 million in the two months before an election is called, and to $500,000 during the campaign.
On December 21st I will be hosting an Open House in my Edson office. Feel free to drop in and say hello.
This week, I attended four meetings and two events.
As Parliament adjourned for winter break on Thursday afternoon, I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and a safe holiday season. My next update will be in the New Year.