Week of March 6, 2017

Parliament Update – Week of March 6, 2017

This week in Parliament, we discussed topics including national security, genetically modified food, taxation, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The following was debated in the House:

  • Bill C-22 – An Act to establish the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians and to make consequential amendments to certain Acts (Report Stage)
  • Bill C-23 – An Act respecting the preclearance of persons and goods in Canada and the United States (Second Reading)
  • Bill C-203 – An Act to amend the Supreme Court Act (understanding the official languages) (Second Reading)
  • Bill C-211 – Federal Framework on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Second Reading)
  • Bill C-291 – An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (genetically modified food) (Second Reading)
  • Bill C-323 – An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (rehabilitation of historic property) (Second Reading)
  • Bill S-201 – Genetic Non-Discrimination Act (Report Stage)
  • NDP Motion – Tax Fairness
  • Conservative Motion – Canadian Forces Tax Benefits

Last week, I spoke on Bill C-23 but was cut short on time. Therefore, I had the opportunity to continue my thoughts on Monday. Also on Monday, I took part in debate on Bill C-211. You can read my comments on the corresponding day’s Hansard at: http://www.parl.gc.ca/HouseChamberBusiness/ChamberHome.aspx.

I am pleased that Bill C-211 passed Second Reading and is now before the Standing Committee on Health. I am also very pleased that Bill S-217 passed Third Reading with unanimous support by all parties except for the Liberals, who were divided on the vote. The bill compels prosecutors and judges to take into consideration a criminal’s past record, prior to granting bail. This comes after the tragic shooting of Constable Wynn on January 17, 2015, in St. Alberta, Alberta.

In the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development (ENVI), we continued our review of The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, as well as discussed federal protected areas and conservation objectives.  For more information on these meetings, visit: www.parl.gc.ca/Committees/en/ENVI.

This week, I attended­ 10 meetings, two events, and recorded a radio message. My next update will be on my travels throughout the riding as Parliament will not be sitting.

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