Week of May 27, 2019

Parliament Update – Week of May 27, 2019

The following was debated in the House:

  • Government Business No. 30 — Extension of sitting hours and conduct of extended proceedings
  • C-81 (Second Reading) — Accessible Canada Act
  • C-93 (Report Stage – motions in Group No. 1) — An Act to provide no-cost, expedited record suspensions for simple possession of cannabis
  • C-97 (Report Stage – motions in Group No. 1) — Budget Implementation Act, 2019, No. 1
  • C-98 (Second Reading) — Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act
  • C-99 (First Reading) — Citizenship Act
  • C-100 (First Reading) — Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement Implementation Act
  • C-418 (Second Reading) — Protection of Freedom of Conscience Act
  • M-230 — Energy Costs
  • S-243 (Second Reading) — Fairness for All Canadian Taxpayers Act

On Monday, in the Finance Committee, we heard from witnesses during our clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-97 the Budget Implementation Act.  Later, in the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (SECU), we heard from witnesses during our clause-by clause consideration of Bill C-93, An Act to provide no-cost, expedited record suspensions for simple possession of cannabis.  That evening, the government adopted the extension of sitting hours and conduct of extended proceedings.  The House will sit from 6:30pm to midnight starting on Tuesday, May 28th until summer recess.

On Tuesday, I met with Ukrainian interns (Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Program (CUPP)), who are volunteering in various MP offices to learn first-hand how our democracy works.  During my meeting with them we discussed the role of Parliamentarians, issues presently before the House and much more.

On Wednesday, I attended the TELUS Days of Giving.  This is the 14th Anniversary of this event of giving back to the community where we work and live.  I assisted with filling the backpacks for a school in my riding.  Later that afternoon in the SECU Committee, we heard from witnesses on Cybersecurity in the Financial Sector as a National Economic Security Issue and later from witnesses on Motion 208, Rural Digital Infrastructure.  That evening I attended the Wild Game Reception for Retiring MPs hosted by the Conservative Hunting and Angling Caucus (CHAC), where I was presented with an ‘Honourary Lifetime Member’ certificate.

For more information on these meetings, visit the SECU Committee website at: www.ourcommons.ca/Committees/en/SECU

On Thursday, I participated in debate on C-93, An Act to provide no-cost, expedited record suspensions for simple possession of cannabis.

You can read comments and questions from Debates on the House Publications page at www.ourcommons.ca/en

Thursday evening, I returned to the riding and will be heading to Grande Cache Community High School’s graduation ceremony the next day where I will be addressing the graduates.  The Class of 2019’s theme is ‘Night at the Oscars.’ Yes, it will be a night for all the graduates, their friends and family to acknowledge each other and be proud of what they have achieved. This evening will be a stepping stone to their future.

On Saturday, I will be dropping in at the Parkland Lodge Fundraiser BBQ in Edson followed by addressing the Holy Redeemer High School’s graduation ceremony that evening.  Their theme is ‘Enchanted Forest.’ An enchanted forest is a giant tree (the graduates) whose branches (future possibilities) stretch up into the clouds (their success is boundless).

This week, I attended six meetings, two events and did one recording.

On Sunday morning I will be returning to Ottawa as Parliament will be sitting.

Look for my update next Friday on the happenings of Parliament.

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