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Private Members' Biz Watch: Clarity Act, shark fin imports on winter agenda

As tabled in the House of Commons earlier today, the full list of private members' business that will be added to the parliamentary priority list in the days/weeks/months ahead:

          • C-419 -- Ms. Latendresse (Louis-Saint-Laurent) (NDP) -- Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Official Languages of Bill C-419, An Act respecting language skills.

            SUMMARY: "This enactment provides that persons whose appointment requires the approval by resolution of the Senate, the House of Commons or both Houses of Parliament must understand English and French without the aid of an interpreter and be able to express themselves clearly in both official languages."

          • C-462 -- Mrs. Gallant (Renfrew--Nipissing--Pembroke) (CPC) -- Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Finance of Bill 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.

            SUMMARY: "This enactment restricts the amount of fees that can be charged or accepted by persons who, on behalf of a person with a disability, request a determination of disability tax credit eligibility under the Income Tax Act. It establishes a prohibition against charging or accepting more than an established maximum fee and establishes offences and penalties for failure to comply."

          • C-444 -- Mr. Dreeshen (Red Deer) (CPC) -- Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights of Bill C-444, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (personating peace officer or public officer).

            SUMMARY: "This enactment amends the Criminal Code to establish that personating a police officer or a public officer for the purpose of committing another offence must be considered by a court to be an aggravating circumstance for sentencing purposes."

          • C-457 -- Mr. Bellavance (Richmond--Arthabaska) (BQ) -- Second reading and reference to a legislative committee of Bill C-457, An Act to repeal the Clarity Act.

            SUMMARY: "This enactment repeals the Clarity Act."

          • C-452 -- Mrs. Mourani (Ahuntsic) (BQ) -- Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights of Bill C-452, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (exploitation and trafficking in persons).

            SUMMARY: "This enactment amends the Criminal Code in order to provide consecutive sentences for offences related to procuring and trafficking in persons. The enactment creates a presumption regarding the exploitation of one person by another and adds circumstances that are deemed to constitute exploitation.Finally, it adds the offences of procuring and trafficking in persons to the list of offences to which the forfeiture of proceeds of crime apply."

          • C-463 -- Mr. Pacetti (Saint-Léonard--Saint-Michel) (LIB) -- Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage of Bill C-463, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (travel expenses).

            SUMMARY: "This enactment amends the Income Tax Act to provide that a deduction from a taxpayer's income may be made in respect of the expense of purchasing tickets for the taxpayer or a child of the taxpayer for non-business travel by airplane, train or bus if the travel involves crossing at least three different provincial boundaries."

          • C-458 -- Mr. Braid (Kitchener--Waterloo) (CPC) -- Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Finance of Bill C-458, An Act respecting a National Charities Week and to amend the Income Tax Act (charitable and other gifts).

            SUMMARY: "This enactment establishes a National Charities Week and amends the Income Tax Act to provide that charitable gifts, Crown gifts, cultural gifts and ecological gifts made by an individual within 60 days after the end of a taxation year may be deducted from the taxable income of the individual for the taxation year."

          • C-460 -- Ms. Davies (Vancouver East) (NDP) -- Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Health of Bill C-460, An Act respecting the implementation of the Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada.

            SUMMARY: "The purpose of this enactment is
            (a) to implement the Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada;
            (b) to establish the Sodium Reduction Advisory Committee, the mandate of which is to advise the Minister of Health on the progress made in implementing the strategy; and
            (c) to require the amendment of the Food and Drug Regulations."


          • C-464 -- Mrs. Hassainia (Verchères--Les Patriotes) (NDP) -- Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities of Bill C-464, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code and the Employment Insurance Act (parental leave for multiple births or adoptions).

            SUMMARY: "This enactment amends the Canada Labour Code to entitle an employee to leave of absence of up to seventy-two weeks in the case of multiple births or adoptions.It also amends the Employment Insurance Act to increase the maximum number of weeks during which parental benefits can be paid from thirty-five to seventy in the case of multiple births or adoptions."

          • M-400 -- Ms. Freeman (Argenteuil--Papineau--Mirabel) -- (NDP) That, in the opinion of the House, the government should study the possibility of establishing, in cooperation with the provinces and territories, one or more financial support programs, inspired by the one proposed by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, that would bring up to standard the septic systems of homes not connected to a sanitation system, in an effort to ensure urban/rural balance, lake protection, water quality and public health

          • C-266 -- Mr. Lizon (Mississauga East--Cooksville) (CPC) -- Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage of Bill C-266, An Act to establish Pope John Paul II Day.

            SUMMARY: "This enactment designates the second day of April in each and every year as "Pope John Paul II Day".

          • C-459 -- Mr. Nunez-Melo (Laval) (NDP) -- Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities of Bill C-459, An Act respecting the rights of air passengers.

            SUMMARY: "An Act regarding the rights of air passengers." 

          • M-412 -- Mr. Aspin (Nipissing--Timiskaming) (CPC) -- That, in the opinion of the House, a government loan guarantee to the Lower Churchill hydroelectric project is: (a) an important part of a clean energy agenda; (b) an economically viable project that will create thousands of jobs and billions in economic growth; (c) regionally significant for the Atlantic region, which will benefit from a stable and sustainable electricity source for decades to come; and (d) environmentally-friendly, with substantial greenhouse gas emission reductions through the displacement of power from coal-fired and oil electricity sources.

          • C-380 -- Mr. Donnelly (New Westminster--Coquitlam) (NDP) -- Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans of Bill C-380, An Act to amend the Fish Inspection Act and the Fisheries Act (importation of shark fins).

            SUMMARY: "This enactment amends the Fish Inspection Act to prohibit the importation of shark fins in Canada. It also amends the Fisheries Act to prohibit the practice of shark finning, thereby establishing a legislative prohibition."

          • C-461 -- Mr. Rathgeber (Edmonton--St. Albert) (CPC) -- Second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics of Bill C-461, An Act to amend the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act (disclosure of information).

            SUMMARY: "This enactment amends the Access to Information Act to provide that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation may refuse to disclose any information requested under that Act if the disclosure could reasonably be expected to prejudice the Corporation's journalistic, creative or programming independence.
            It also amends the Privacy Act to specify that the following information is not personal information for the purposes of that Act:
            (a) the classification, salary and responsibilities of an employee of a government institution whose annual salary is equal to or greater than the minimum rate of pay established by the Treasury Board for the first level of the Deputy Minister category (DM 1);
            (b) the classification, salary range and responsibilities of the position held by an employee of a government institution whose annual salary is less than the minimum rate of pay established by the Treasury Board for the first level of the Deputy Minister category (DM 1); and
            (c) the expenses incurred by an employee of a government institution in the course of his or her employment for which he or she has been reimbursed by the government institution
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