Par­lia­ment up­date

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We en­joyed a short, but busy, week in the House of Com­mons as we pre­pared for the win­ter break. We dis­cussed Bud­get 2016, the Canada-Euro­pean Union Com­pre­hen­sive Eco­nomic and Trade Agree­ment (CETA), the crim­i­nal code, and reg­is­tered re­tire­ment in­come funds.

The fol­low­ing was de­bated in the House:

• Bill C-29 – Bud­get Im­ple­men­ta­tion Act, 2016, No. 2

• Bill C-30 – An Act to im­ple­ment the Com­pre­hen­sive Eco­nomic and Trade Agree­ment be­tween Canada and the Euro­pean Union and its Mem­ber States and to pro­vide for cer­tain other mea­sures (Sec­ond Read­ing)

• Bill C-31 – An Act to im­ple­ment the Free Trade Agree­ment be­tween Canada and Ukraine (Sec­ond Read­ing)

• Bill C-235 – An Act to amend the Crim­i­nal Code and the Cor­rec­tions and Con­di­tional Re­lease Act (fe­tal al­co­hol dis­or­der) (De­feated at Sec­ond Read­ing)

• Bill C-301 – An Act to amend the In­come Tax Act and to make a re­lated amend­ment to an­other Act (reg­is­tered re­tire­ment in­come fund) (Sec­ond Read­ing)

• Bill S-4 – Tax Con­ven­tion and Ar­range­ment Im­ple­men­ta­tion Act, 2016 (Passed)

I am pleased to in­form you that a mo­tion many of you have been fol­low­ing, M-47, has been unan­i­mously passed. This mo­tion by MP Arnold Viersen in­structs the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Health “. . . to ex­am­ine the public health ef­fects of the ease of ac­cess and view­ing of on­line vi­o­lent and de­grad­ing sex­u­ally ex­plicit ma­te­rial on chil­dren, women and men.”This is a great ini­tia­tive, as Par­lia­ment has not stud­ied the ef­fects of vi­o­lent sex­u­ally ex­plicit ma­te­rial since the 1985 Spe­cial Com­mit­tee on Pornog­ra­phy and Pros­ti­tu­tion.

On Tues­day, I par­tic­i­pated in the de­bate on C-31. You can read my com­ments and ques­tions at: http://www.parl.gc.ca/con­tent/ hoc/House/421/De­bates/127/ HAN127-E.PDF (pages 31 to 33).

In the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on En­vi­ron­ment and Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment (ENVI), we con­tin­ued to study Bill C-18, An Act to amend the Rouge Na­tional Ur­ban Park Act, the Parks Canada Agency Act and the Canada Na­tional Parks Act. We also dis­cussed fed­eral pro­tected ar­eas and con­ser­va­tion ob­jec­tives. For more in­for­ma­tion on th­ese meet­ings, visit: www.parl.gc.ca/ Com­mit­tees/en/ENVI

This week, I at­tended 7 meet­ings and 3 events. I will be back in the rid­ing to at­tend an event on Fri­day evening.

As Par­lia­ment ad­journed for win­ter break on Wed­nes­day evening, I want to wish ev­ery­one a very Merry Christ­mas, Happy New Year, and a safe hol­i­day sea­son. My next up­date will be in the New Year.

Jim Eglin­ski, MP – Yel­low­head De­cem­ber 16,

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