Senator Claude Carignan comments the success of the current session
OTTAWA, June 20, 2014 – Senator Claude Carignan, Leader of the Government in the Senate, provided an update on the successful session which just ended.
Since October, the Senate has examined then adopted 24 government bills, in addition to 5 private member’s bills from the House of Commons and 3 Senate Public Bills. These new acts or amendments respond to concerns from Canadians. “The Conservative Senators serve all Canadians. We are supporting Canada’s economic growth, Canadians’ personal prosperity, prudent fiscal management of tax payers money and ensuring safer communities—these are our priorities because they are Canadians’ priorities”, said the Leader of the Government.
The Senate continued its work on internal reforms. Senators passed new measures on ethics which are among the most stringent in the world. “The implementation of these measures is proof of the Senate’s and individual Senators’ commitment to respect the highest standards of conduct. It is a series of steps in the right direction, and I am very pleased with this progress. Combined with previous measures, these illustrate Senators’ commitment to transparency”, added Claude Carignan.
In addition to examining several bills, Senators studied different issues such as regulating aquaculture in Canada, Bitcoins and ballistic missile defence. The use of the mechanism of a bill pre-study also allowed the Senate to submit some important changes to bills. “Senators conduct serious examinations on a wide array of issues of concern to Canadians, and I invite the public to review the conclusions of these valuable reports. The pre-study of Bill C-23 also allowed senators to provide suggestions to the bill, which have mostly been retained. The Senate is delivering meaningful contributions for the benefit of all Canadians”, concluded the representative for the Mille-Isles Senate district.
Government Bills which have received Royal Assent since October 2013 C-4, Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, No. 2 C-5, Offshore Health and Safety Act C-7, Canadian Museum of History Act C-9, First Nations Elections Act C-14, Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act C-15, Northwest Territories Devolution Act C-16, Sioux Valley Dakota Nation Governance Act C-19, Appropriation Act No. 4, 2013-14 C-20, Canada-Honduras Economic Growth and Prosperity Act C-23, Fair Elections Act C-24, Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act C-25, Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Act C-28, Appropriation Act No. 5, 2013-14 C-29, Appropriation Act No. 1, 2014-15 C-30, Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act C-31, Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 1 C-34, Tla'amin Final Agreement Act C-37, Riding Name Change Act, 2014 C-38, Appropriation Act No. 2, 2014-15 C-39, Appropriation Act No. 3, 2014-15
Private Member's Bill which has received Royal Assent since October 2013
C-217, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (mischief relating to war memorials) (sponsored by MP David Tilson: Dufferin-Caledon, Ontario) C-394, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act (criminal organization recruitment) (sponsored by MP Parm Gill: Brampton-Springdale, Ontario) C-444, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (personating peace officer or public officer) (sponsored by MP Earl Dreeshen: Red Deer, Alberta) C-462, An Act restricting the fees charged by promoters of the disability tax credit and making consequential amendments to the Tax Court of Canada Act (sponsored by MP Cheryl Gallant: Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, Ontario) C-489, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (restrictions on offenders) (sponsored by MP Mark Warawa: Langley, British Columbia)
Government Bills adopted by the Senate (now under consideration in the House of Commons): S-2, Incorporation by Reference in Regulations Act S-3, An Act to amend the Coastal Fisheries Protection Act S-4, Digital Privacy Act S-5, Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve Act
Bills submitted by Senators and adopted by the Senate (now under consideration in the House of Commons): S-211, National Health and Fitness Day Act (sponsored by Senator Nancy Greene Raine) S-213, Lincoln Alexander Day Act (sponsored by Senator Don Meredith) S-218, National Fiddling Day Act (co-sponsored by Senator Elizabeth Hubley and Senator Caroline Stewart-Olsen)