Senator Claude Carignan outlines results that benefit all Canadians
OTTAWA, December 18, 2014 – With 2014 drawing to a close, Senator Claude Carignan, Leader of the Government in the Senate, would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of the important work done by Senators this past year, in particular during the current sitting that just concluded.
The year 2014 has been the most productive since our Conservative government came to power in 2006. The Senate has passed 49 bills this year, 21 since September, with 42 receiving Royal Assent and 7 now with the House of Commons.
"Our government is working hard to address the concerns of Canadians. We have adopted several measures to promote economic growth and job creation, as well as remaining focused on public safety goals," remarked Senator Claude Carignan.
Senators also studied several topics at Senate committees, including the impacts of immigration in official language minority communities, Bitcoins, aquaculture and the monitoring mechanisms for the unintended consequences of prescription pharmaceuticals.
"Conservative Senators have worked rigorously and effectively throughout the year, both in the Chamber and in committee. Their understanding of and commitment to their role as Senators is evident in the bills we have passed and the studies we have undertaken,” said the Government Leader.
There is perhaps no better example of this than in government legislation rooted in Senatorial Committees Reports. The most recent being the tabling of the Price Transparency Act which finds its origins in the Canada-USA Price Gap report.
Also this year, the Senate adopted a new code of ethics, the most stringent amongst Canadian legislatures. In addition, new expenditure control mechanisms were put in place including the creation of a committee with the mandate to review all expenditures with a zero based budget.
"Members of conservative caucus stood out in 2014 and were a credit to the Senate. Canadians want an effective and efficient Senate and we will continue to work hard to meet their expectations," concluded the Government Leader in the Senate.
Please find attached the list of bills which received Royal Assent in the Senate since Parliament resumed in January 2014, as well as a list of bills under consideration in front of the House. You can find the list of the most recent Senate standing committee reports here.
List of bills that received Royal Assent in 2014:
C-3 – Safeguarding Canada’s Seas and Skies Act (December 9th 2014)
C-5 – Offshore Health and Safety Act (June 19th 2014)
C-6 – Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act (November 6th 2014)
C-8 – Combating Counterfeit Products Act (December 9th 2014)
C-9 – First Nations Elections Act (April 11th 2014)
C-10 – Tackling Contraband tobacco Act (November 6th 2014)
C-13 – Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act (December 9th, 2014)
C-14 – Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act (April 11th, 2014)
C-15 – Northwest Territories Devolution Act (March 25th 2014)
C-16 – Sioux Valley Dakota Nation Governance Act (March 4th 2014)
C-17 – Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act (Vanessa’s Law) (November 6th 2014)
C-20 – Canada-Honduras Economic Growth and Prosperity Act (June 19th 2014)
C-23 – Fair Elections Act (June 19th 2014)
C-24 – Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act (June 19th 2014)
C-25 – Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Act (June 19th 2014)
C-28 – Appropriation Act No. 5, 2013-2014 (March 27th 2014)
C-29 – Appropriation Act No. 1, 2014-15 (March 27th 2014)
C-30 – Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act (May 29th 2014)
C-31 – Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 1 (June 19th 2014)
C-34 – Tla’amin Final Agreement Act (June 19th 2014)
C-36 – Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (November 6th 2014)
C-37 – Riding Name Change Act, 2014 (June 19th 2014)
C-38 – Appropriation Act No. 2, 2014-15 (June 19th 2014)
C-39 – Appropriation Act No. 3, 2014-15 (June 19th 2014)
C-41 – Canada-Korea Economic Growth and Prosperity Act (November 26th 2014)
C-43 – Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 2 (December 16th, 2014)
C-45 – Appropriation Act No. 4, 2014-15 (December 16th, 2014)
C-217 – An Act to amend the Criminal Code (mischief relating to war memorials) (19 June 2014)
C-266 – Pope John Paul II Day Act (December 16th 2014)
C-394 – An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act (criminal organization recruitment) (June 19th 2014)
C-428 - Indian Act Amendment and Replacement Act (December 16th, 2014)
C-442 - Federal Framework on Lyme Disease Act (December 16th, 2014)
C-444, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (personating peace officer or public officer) (June 19th 2014)
C-462 – Disability Tax Credit Promoters Restrictions Act (May 29th 2014)
C-483 – An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (escorted temporary absence) (December 16th, 2014)
C-489 – An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (restrictions on offenders) (19 June 2014)
C-501 – National Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Heritage Day Act (November 6th 2014)
C-525 - Employees' Voting Rights Act (December 16th 2014)
S-5 – Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve Act (December 16th 2014)
S-211 – National Health and Fitness Day Act (December 16 th 2014)
S-213 – Lincoln Alexander Day Act (December 9 th, 2014)
S-1001 - An Act to amend the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada Act (December 9 th, 2014)
List of bills that have been adopted by the Senate in 2014 and are currently under consideration by the House of Commons:
S-2 – Incorporation by Reference in Regulations Act
S-4 – Digital Privacy Act
S-6 – Yukon and Nunavut Regulatory Improvement Act
S-7 – Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act
S-218 – National Fiddling Day Act
S-219 – Journey to Freedom Day Act
S-221 – An Act to amend the Criminal Code (assaults against public transit operators)