2010 Annual Report – Legislation

Legislation Standing Committee
Terri Scott, Chairperson
2010 Annual Report

Sub-committee Chairpersons:

Honorary Life Member Marie Cameron

Irene Gabon

Much concern was shown by provincial chairpersons of legislation regarding legislation at all levels of government. They were diligent about keeping in touch with their members of parliament and members of legislative assemblies and becoming well-informed about current legislation. Contact with government was made in person, by letter, postcard, telephone, and e-mail. It was noted by one provincial council that letter contact received the most serious attention.

Members monitored legislation at all levels of government by studying legislation on government Web sites, The Canadian League, Hansard and television newscasts. Some members attended public forums and debates. One chairperson noted that a senator was unaware that the work of the senate was scrutinized by the League and he appreciated the encouragement and support in senate endeavours. At meetings, members were made of aware of issues by reading information from communiqués, newspapers and leaflets. There was a high level of interest and focus on many issues at all levels of government.

Federal Bills Monitored in the 40th Parliament 2nd and 3rd Session:

C-4 An Act to amend the Youth Criminal Justice Act and to make consequential and related amendments to other Acts

C-22 An Act respecting the mandatory reporting of Internet child pornography by persons who provide an Internet service (C-58 in 2009)

C-54 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sexual offences against children)

C-56 An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act

C-268 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (minimum sentence for offences involving trafficking of persons under the age of eighteen years)

C-300 An Act respecting Corporate Accountability for the Activities of Mining, Oil or Gas in Developing Countries ,

C-304 An Act to ensure secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing for Canadians

C-384 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (right to die with dignity) (defeated in 2010)

C-391 An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Firearms Act (repeal of long-gun registry)

C-428 An Act to amend the Old Age Security Act (residency requirement)

C-474 An Act respecting the Seeds Regulations (analysis of potential harm)

C-510 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (coercion)

C-573 An Act to establish Pope John Paul II Day , short title Pope John Paul II Day Ac t

C-545 An Act to Eliminate Poverty in Canada

S-11 An Act respecting the safety of drinking water on first nation lands , short title Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act

Issues and related legislation monitored and discussed by provincial councils

British Columbia reviewed the recommendations of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) in relation to Bill C-545. Newfoundland: Many letters were written regarding Bill C-384.

Ontario studied a wide variety of legislation: Bill N 179 Regulated Health Professions Statute Law Amendment Act, 2009 Amendment Act; Bill 101 Narcotics Safety and Awareness Act, 2010 ; Bill 99 Children’s Activity Tax Credit Act 2010Bill 65 Not-For-Profit Corporation Act, 2010Bill 58 Planning Amendment Act (Enabling Municipalities to Require Inclusionary Housing), 2010 Bill 38 Criminal Record Checks for Volunteers Act, 2010Bill 31 Skin Cancer Prevention Act, 2010; Bill 21 Retirement Homes Act, 2010Bill 3 Protection of Vulnerable and Elderly People from Abuse Act, (Powers of Attorney), 2010.

Quebec: Discussion was held on legislation that contained amendments to the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms that could weaken the charter’s protection against linguistic discrimination in both the private and public sectors. In Saskatchewan, letters were written regarding Bill C-474 requesting appropriate analysis of market harm to farmers before the release of genetically engineered seed. Awareness was raised of Bill C-573.

National Chairperson’s Activities

The year was filled with educational opportunities and following the debates of bills and their passage or defeat. Attending all national meetings gave a good perspective nationwide; two communiqués were sent and two articles for The Canadian League submitted. I had the honour of being part of the delegation that represented members at government meetings on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.