Week of May 29, 2017

Parliament Update – Week of May 29, 2017

This week in Parliament, we extended the sitting hours to midnight each day so that we can debate as much legislation as possible before the House adjourns for the summer. This week largely focused on the legalization of marijuana and related issues, such as driving under the influence of drugs.

The following was debated in the House:

  • Bill C-44 – Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1 (Report Stage)
  • Bill C-45 – Cannabis Act (Second Reading)
  • Bill C-46 – An Act to amend the Criminal Code (offenses relating to conveyances) and to make consequential amendments to other Act (Second Reading)
  • Bill C-277 – An Act providing for the development of a framework on palliative care in Canada (Third Reading)
  • Bill C-346 – An Act to amend the Firearms Act (licenses) (Second Reading)
  • Bill C-349 – An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make consequential amendments to other acts (criminal organization) (Second Reading)
  • M-108 – Contribution of ranchers and farmers
  • M-128 – Venezuela
  • Government Motion No. 14 – Extension of sitting hours and conduct of extended proceedings
  • Conservative Motion – Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion Project
  • Estimates in Committee of the Whole – National Defence

On Wednesday, I participated in debate on Bill C-46, asking two questions on impaired driving and marijuana. On Thursday, I gave a speech on C-45, as well as asked a question on the lack of education around the use of marijuana. You can find my comments and the responses to my questions on the corresponding day’s Debates Hansard at: www.ourcommons.ca.

In the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development (ENVI), we continued our review of The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 and the consideration of a draft report.  For more information on these meetings, visit: www.ourcommons.ca/Committees/en/ENVI.

This week, I attended­ 16 meetings and four events, as well as recorded two radio messages. My next update will be on the happenings of Parliament as it continues to sit next week.

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