Parliament Update – Week of October 16, 2017
This week I was very busy and was pleased to have several opportunities to stand up in the House to speak on many important issues affecting our riding.
The following was debated in the House:
- Bill C-46 – An Act to amend the Criminal Code (offences relating to conveyances) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts (Report Stage and Third Reading)
- Bill C-48 – Oil Tanker Moratorium Act (Committee Stage)
- Bill C-55 – An Act to amend the Oceans Act and the Canada Petroleum Resources Act (Second Reading)
- Bill C-57 – An Act to amend the Federal Sustainable Development Act (Second Reading)
- Bill C-203 – An Act to amend the Supreme Court Act (understanding the official languages) (Second Reading)
- Bill C-342 – An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act (carbon levy) (Second Reading)
- Motion No. 108 – Contribution of ranchers and farmers
- Motion No. 131 – Carbon Pricing
- Opposition Motion (CPC) – Minister of Finance’s documents submitted to the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner
- Opposition Motion (CPC) – Support for Forestry Workers
On Monday, I took part in debate on Bill C-48, which prohibits oil tankers from stopping or unloading crude oil at ports located along British Columbia’s north coast from the northern tip of Vancouver Island to the Alaska border.
On Wednesday, I took part in debate on Bill C-57, which amends the Federal Sustainable Development Act to expand the number of departments and agencies accountable to the Act from 26 to more than 90.
On Thursday, I spoke on a Conservative motion which calls on the federal government to support our forestry workers and negotiate a softwood lumber deal with the United States.
On Friday, I spoke in support of MP Mark Warawa’s Private Members’ Bill, which amends the Excise Tax Act so that the government cannot collect GST/HST on carbon levies. This would reduce the cost of carbon pricing and make it revenue neutral, as promised by the Prime Minister.
Also on Friday, I had the opportunity to question the Liberal government on how they will assist Alberta in fighting the Mountain Pine Beetle infestation.