Delivering the Strongest Legislative Results in Decades

June 22, 2015

With the House of Commons adjourned in advance of the federal election this fall, I am proud to highlight the Government’s legislative accomplishments in Parliament since being re-elected in 2011. The focus has been on job creation and economic growth, keeping taxes low for hard-working families and protecting Canadians.

Our approach to Parliament has been productive, hardworking and orderly and it has paid off with real results for Canadians. This Parliament alone saw over 160 bills receive Royal Assent, with several more expected to become law in the coming days – making this the most productive Parliament in two decades.

Under the strong leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, we kept our commitments and once again delivered results on the things that matters to Canadians – creating and protecting jobs, keeping taxes low and keeping Canadians and their families safe in a dangerous and uncertain world.

This spring, the cornerstone of the Government’s work in the House of Commons has been the passage of Economic Action Plan 2015 – a low-tax plan that will help to create jobs, spur economic growth, and ensure long-term prosperity for all Canadians.

In addition to five job-creating, low tax budgets, Parliament has also passed several pieces of important legislation benefiting the economy, including:

  • The Combating Counterfeit Products Act, to support the Canadian economy through protecting consumers, manufacturers and retailers from the health and economic threats presented by counterfeit goods coming into Canada;
  • The Pooled Pension Plan Act, to give working Canadians more choices in managing their retirement plans – unlike Justin Trudeau who believes in mandatory expansion of the Canada Pension Plan;
  • The Copyright Modernization Act, to protect and create jobs in Canada’s digital economy;
  • The Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act, which gives Western Canadian grain farmers the freedom to choose the timing, the buyer and the price that suits their bottom line for their wheat and barley sales; and
  • The Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act and the Safe and Accountable Rail Act to help Canadian commodities reach their markets – and that they get there safely.

During the course of this Parliament, the Government also passed into law free trade agreements with Jordan, Panama, Honduras and South Korea – together with the free trade agreement with the European Union, the Government has concluded negotiations of trade agreements with 38 countries.

In addition to important economic accomplishments, the Government kept its commitment to keep our streets and communities safe and to ensure the safety and security of Canadians from the ever-evolving threat of jihadi terrorism. The Anti-terrorism Act, 2015became law. A core piece of legislation, it responds to the evolving threat of jihadi terrorists who are directly threatening Canadians.

The world is an increasingly dangerous place and Canada is not immune from the threat of terrorism. The Anti-terrorism Act, 2015, demonstrates our government’s leadership in the global fight against dangerous jihadi terrorists.

Our Government has also chosen to join our allies and fight these terrorist threats with vigilance and real action and as a result introduced a motion to extend and expand Canada’s mission to counter the global terrorist threat of ISIS.

In addition to the Government’s 117 legislative measures, at least 40 private Member’s bills will become law before Parliament rises.

This Parliament has been marked by an unprecedented level of individual Members of Parliament bringing forward and passing ideas which are very important to them and their constituents. Under Prime Minister Harper’s leadership, more than three times as many private Members’ bills have become law than under any other Prime Minister.

For more information on the Government’s legislative progress, please consult:  www.HouseLeader.gc.ca.

Once again, I am proud of our legislative accomplishments. It has been a busy time in Ottawa. Please be assured that the issues and priorities that are important to Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry are heard on Parliament Hill.