Parliament Update – Week of May 21, 2018
This week, we covered many topics including sustainable development, electoral reform, rural crime, and net neutrality. We will now be sitting until midnight every evening (except Fridays) as the House will only sit for four more weeks before the summer break.
The following was debated in the House:
- Bill C-47 – An Act to amend the Export and Import Permits Act and the Criminal Code (amendments permitting the accession to the Arms Trade Treaty and other amendments) (Report Stage)
- Bill C-57 – An Act to amend the Federal Sustainable Development Act (Report Stage)
- Bill C-75 – An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Youth Criminal Justice Act and other Acts and to make consequential amendments to other Acts (Second Reading)
- Bill C-76 – Elections Modernization Act (Second Reading)
- Bill C-330 – An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (landlord consent) (Second Reading)
- Motion No. 167 – Rural Crime in Canada
- Motion No. 168 – Net neutrality
- Committee of the Whole – Department of Finance – Main Estimates, 2018-19
- Committee of the Whole – Department of Citizenship and Immigration – Main Estimates, 2018-19
- Government Business No. 22 – Extension of sitting hours and conduct of extended proceedings
On Thursday, I participated in debate on Bill C-57, which was originally passed by our previous Conservative Government and aims to make decision-making related to sustainable development more transparent, more certain and subject to greater accountability. I stated:
“I will stand in this House all day long and wave the fact that I think Canada—the provinces of B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, and even a little has been done in Ontario and Quebec—has the greatest, strongest environmental standards in the world, and we produce the cleanest energy, regardless of what it is, whether it is coal, oil, or gas.”
You can read comments, speeches, and debates in the House on the corresponding day’s Hansard at www.ourcommons.ca/en .
In the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage (CHPC), we continued our study on gender parity on the boards and in the senior leadership of Canadian artistic and cultural organizations. We also began our review of the Copyright Act, as well as began consideration of a draft report 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 seven meetings and one event. I will return to the riding over the weekend to attend events in Grande Cache, Edson, and Caroline. I will fly back to Ottawa on Sunday as the House will continue to sit. Look for my next update on the happenings of Parliament.