Parliament Update – Week of October 3, 2016
This week in Parliament, we covered topics including climate change, pre-born victims of crime, firearms definitions, and doing away with Friday sittings.
The following was debated in the House:
- Paris Agreement
- Standing Order 51 – Motion to consider the Standing Orders and procedure
- Bill C-4 – An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code, the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act, the Public Service Labour Relations Act and the Income Tax Act (Third Reading)
- Bill C-24 – An Act to amend the Salaries Act and to make a consequential amendment to the Financial Administration Act (Second Reading)
- Bill S-208 – National Seal Products Day Act (Second Reading)
- Bill C-225 – Protection of Pregnant Women and Their Preborn Children (Cassie and Molly’s Law) (Second Reading)
- Bill C-230 – An Act to amend the Criminal Code (firearm – definition of variant) (Second Reading)
- Bill C-231 – Fight Against Food Waste Act (Second Reading)
- Bill C-238 – National Strategy for Safe Disposal of Lamps Containing Mercury Act (Second Reading)
On Monday, I participated in the debate on the ratification of the Paris Agreement, which the Liberal Government signed earlier this year. You can read my comments and questions at: www.parl.gc.ca/content/hoc/House/421/Debates/086/HAN086-E.PDF (pages 26, 49, and 63-66).
Also on Monday, I presented a petition that called upon Parliament to establish a national strategy on palliative care. My comments can be found on page 42 of the above link.
This week at the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development (ENVI), we discussed federal protected areas and conservation objectives, as well as reviewed the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. For more information on these meetings, visit: www.parl.gc.ca/Committees/en/ENVI
On Friday, I once again questioned the Minister of International Trade on what the Liberal Government is doing to ensure a softwood lumber deal is signed by October 12. That afternoon, along with MPs from other affected areas, I participated in a video concerning the Softwood Lumber Agreement. I spoke about the impact that no agreement will have for our region.
This week, I attended 11 meetings and 3 events. As Parliament will be down next week, my following update will be on my time in the riding.