Parliament Update – Week of May 1, 2017
This week in Parliament, we discussed topics including government spending, drug overdose, and Remembrance Day. We also discussed an incident where two Conservative MPs were blocked from accessing the House of Commons by the Prime Minister’s motorcade and, as a result, missed an important vote.
The following was debated in the House:
- 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 (Consideration of Senate Amendments)
- Bill C-44 – Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1 (Second Reading)
- Bill C-224 – Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act (Consideration of Senate Amendments)
- Bill C-305 – An Act to amend the Criminal Code (mischief) (Report Stage)
- Bill C-311 – An Act to amend the Holidays Act (Remembrance Day) (Report Stage)
- Bill S-208 – National Seal Products Day Act (Third Reading)
- Question of privilege (denial of access of Members to the Parliamentary Precinct raised on March 22, 2017)
On Monday in the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development (ENVI), the Minister of Environment and Climate Change attended the meeting as a witness to discuss Report 6, which was presented to the House of Commons on May 2. The President of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, the Deputy Minister, and the Chief Executive Officer of Parks Canada were also in attendance.
On Tuesday, I attended the official launch of the Arctic Aviation Tour 2017, which will take-off from Rocky Mountain House on June 1. The tour will be performing at 97 airshows across the arctic, flying 31,000 km. I want to encourage constituents in the area to come out and see the record-breaking show!
Also on Tuesday, I briefly met with students from Edson after they visited the War Museum in Ottawa.
On Wednesday, ENVI continued a review of The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. For more information on these meetings, visit: www.parl.gc.ca/Committees/en/ENVI.
On Friday, I met with constituents in my Hill office. If you are visiting Ottawa, please stop in to say ‘hello’!
This week, I attended 12 meetings, four events, and recorded a radio message. My next update will be on the happenings of Parliament as it continues to sit next week.