Week of November 20, 2017

Parliament Update – Week of November 20, 2017

This week we entered the final stretch before the winter break. We covered topics including the legalization of marijuana, national security, impaired driving, and homelessness.

The House of Commons debated the following:

  • Bill C-45 — An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts (Third Reading)
  • Bill C-59 – An Act respecting national security matters (Referral to Committee Before Second Reading)
  • Bill C-348 – An Act to Amend the Department of Employment and Social Development Act (persons with disabilities) (Second Reading)
  • Bill C-365 – An Act to amend the Criminal Code (firefighting equipment) (Second Reading)
  • Bill S-211 – National Sickle Cell Awareness Day Act (Third Reading)
  • Conservative Motion – Finance Minister’s assets
  • Motion No. 133 – British Home Child Day
  • Motion No. 147 – Special Committee on Homelessness
  • Motion No. 148 – National Impaired Driving Prevention Week

On Monday, I spoke on Bill C-59, which makes several changes to Canada’s national security agencies, including the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and the Communications Security Establishment (CSE). You can find my questions and comments in the House on the corresponding day’s Hansard on the House Publications page at www.ourcommons.ca/en.

In the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU), we heard witnesses for a potential study on broadband connectivity in rural areas. We also began the consideration of a draft report on Canada’s Anti-Spam Laws (CASL). For more information on these meetings, visit the INDU Committee website at www.ourcommons.ca/Committees/en/INDU.

This week, I attended ­­six meetings and six events, as well as recorded one message. Look for my update next Friday on the happenings of Parliament as the House will continue to sit next week.

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