Parliament Update – Week of May 25, 2018
This week, we covered many topics including national security, sustainable development, the justice system, and the rights of Indigenous Peoples.
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) (Time Allocation and Report Stage)
- Bill C-57 – An Act to amend the Federal Sustainable Development Act (Time Allocation and Third Reading)
- Bill C-59 – An Act respecting national security matters (Report Stage)
- Bill C-74 – Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1 (Time Allocation and 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 (Time Allocation)
- Bill C-262 – United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (Third Reading)
- Bill C-281 – National Local Food Day Act (Second Reading)
- Bill C-391 – Aboriginal Cultural Property Repatriation Act (Second Reading)
- Government Motion No. 22 – Extension of Sitting Hours
- Bill C-395 – Opportunity for Workers with Disabilities Act (Second Reading)
- Bill C-396 – An Act to amend the Department of Industry Act (financial assistance) (Second Reading)
On Tuesday, I made a statement in the House calling on the Federal Government to increase their efforts to bring Widlene Alexis Earl home to Canada so she can be with her adoptive parents, grandparents, and friends. I also encouraged my colleagues to give lots of hugs on May 31, in honour of an initiative started by Niton School’s grade one class. You can watch my statement on my Facebook page (@jimeglinski.mp).
On Thursday evening, I asked a question during the debate on Bill C-47, which attempts to bring Canada into line with the UN Arms Trade Treaty, also known as the ATT. Canada already has a responsible internal system to monitor and control the export of military and security equipment that meets or exceeds the UN Treaty. We do not need more red tape on firearms. Instead, the federal government should be focusing on how to address the issue of rural crime.
You can read all 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 review of the Copyright Act, as well as unanimously passed Bill S-218, Latin American Heritage Month Act. For more information on these meetings, visit the CHPC Committee website at www.ourcommons.ca/Committees/en/CHPC .
This week, I attended 16 meetings and three events, as well as recorded two messages. I will return to Yellowhead over the weekend to attend events in the riding. I will fly back to Ottawa on Sunday as the House will continue to sit for three more weeks before the summer break. Look for my next update on the happenings of Parliament.