Legislation Communique #6

National Chairperson of Legislation Nancy Simms, November 20, 2017

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“A rock, if placed in the right spot, could change the course of the river.”
Author Unknown

There is so much important work taking place in Parliament that creates an abundance of information to share. Don’t get overwhelmed! Pass along the information you feel is pertinent to your counterparts in order to best respond to the demands of this challenging standing committee. Below is a list of private members’ bills that support League resolutions needing action through CWL members’ contact with members of parliament, ministers and the prime minister.
Bill C-254 An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act (baby products) is in first reading. Attention to this bill was included in communique #4. However, since the adoption of Resolution 2017.03 Zero-Rated Status Under the Goods and Services Tax Provisions of the Excise Tax Act for Child Safety Products, it is prudent to encourage members to contact government officials and request support of the bill.

Bill C-282 An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act and the Income Tax Act (extra-energy-efficient products), Bill C-283 An Act to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (electronic products recycling program) and Bill C-287 An Act to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (nanotechnology) are all in first reading and support Resolution 2006.04 Renewable Energy and all other League resolutions that seek protection of the environment.

Bill C-313 National Strategy on Advertising to Children Act is in its first reading and supports many communications resolutions seeking protection in the media for children and families.

Bill C-249 An Act to amend the Public Health Agency of Canada Act (National Alzheimer Office) is in its first reading and proposes the establishment of a national Alzheimer office within the Public Health Agency of Canada. This would support the League’s ongoing call for compassionate care for the sick.

Bill C-350 An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (trafficking and transplanting human organs and body parts) is in its first reading and supports the League’s human trafficking resolutions.

Below are bills brought to attention in past communiques that have changed status. Encourage members continued support and action for the following:

Bill C-277 Framework on Palliative Care in Canada Act is in third reading in Senate following referral to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology.

Bill C-211 Federal Framework on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Act passed second reading in the Senate.

Bill C-243 National Maternity Assistance Program Strategy Act passed the House of Commons with amendments and has had first reading in the Senate.

Bill S-228 Child Health Protection Act passed third reading in the Senate and is in first reading in the House of Commons.

Bill S-225 An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (substances used in the production of fentanyl) was passed by the Senate with an amendment at the third reading.

Bill S-5 An Act to amend the Tobacco Act and the Non-smokers’ Health Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts was passed by the Senate with an amendment and is in its second reading in the House of Commons.

The following bill passed with the hope that the League’s voice made a difference:

Bill C-233 National Strategy for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias Act passed both the Senate and the House of Commons and received Royal Assent on June 22, 2017.

More Good News! On November 8, 2017 the House of Commons Standing Committee of Justice and Human Rights reversed the course of the government’s efforts to repeal section 176 in the Criminal Code of Canada, voting to retain the provision with some amendments. Bill C-51 will no longer attempt to remove protections in law for clergy and worship services.

May Our Lady of Good Counsel continue to bless and inspire us to be the rocks placed in the right spot, so we change the course of the river for the glory of God!
Nancy Simms
National Chairperson of Legislation