Parliament Update – Week of March 19, 2018
This week, debate was largely focused on Budget 2018. We also covered topics including distracted driving, Latin American heritage, and the invitation of an attempted assassin to a state dinner with the Prime Minister.
The following was debated in the House:
- Budget 2018
- Bill C-373, an act respecting a federal framework on distracted driving (Second Reading)
- Bill S-218, an act respecting Latin American heritage month (Second Reading)
- Opposition Motion—National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister
On Tuesday, I participated in debate on Bill C-373, which would implement a national framework on distracted driving. You can read all debates in the House on the corresponding day’s Hansard at www.ourcommons.ca/en
Also on Tuesday, the Liberals introduced new firearms legislation, Bill C-71. I believe that the safety of Canadians should be the number one priority of any government. This issue is especially important to our riding due to the increase in rural crime in the region. Unfortunately, this legislation has no new measures to combat escalating crime rates in our rural communities, or to reduce gang violence in Surrey and Toronto. Bill C-71 will be debated next week and I expect to speak on the legislation on Tuesday.
I was unable to attend two events in the riding this week-end as we had a marathon voting session that began on Thursday evening and continued well into Friday. The Liberals were given the choice to be transparent with Canadians and allow the National Security Advisor to brief Parliamentarians about the Prime Minister’s trip to India, or face up to 40 hours of voting in the House of Commons.
The Prime Minister failed to be honest with Canadians about the Atwal affair. He embarrassingly continues to support a conspiracy theory that the Indian Government tried to sabotage his trip.
It is imperative that the National Security Advisor provide Members of Parliament with the same information provided to journalists on February 23, 2018. This will help Canadians understand if the Prime Minister is telling the truth.
In the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage (CHPC), we continued our study on the state of Canadian museums. For more information on these meetings, visit the CHPC Committee website at www.ourcommons.ca/Committees/en/CHPC .
This week, I attended nine meetings, three events, and taped one video message. Next week, the House will sit from Monday through Thursday before the Easter holiday. Look for my next update on Thursday on the happenings of Parliament.