Office of the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Office of the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

June 12, 2009 08:00 ET

Government Continues to Advance Legislative Program

Three More Bills Receive Royal Assent

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 12, 2009) - The Government of Canada added to its legislative accomplishments yesterday, as Government House Leader Jay Hill announced the passage and enactment of three additional government bills.

"Our Government has established an ambitious legislative program, and continues to work tirelessly to ensure the passage of important measures," said Minister Hill. "We are proud of our accomplishments thus far - especially for Canadian workers and their families during this period of global economic uncertainty."

Yesterday, the Governor General granted Royal Assent for the following Bills:

- S-2, An Act to amend the Customs Act, which will protect Canadians from threats to their health, safety and security by giving the Canada Border Services Agency the information, tools and flexibility it needs to detect threats, while ensuring the efficiency of the borders for legitimate travelers and trade.

- C-3, An Act to amend the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act, which promotes the economic development of Canada's North by supporting the safe and environmentally sound movement of ships in Canada's Arctic waters.

- C-28, An Act to amend the Cree-Naskapi (of Quebec) Act, which demonstrates our commitment to increasing the governance capacity of First Nations in Canada by allowing the Cree of Eeyou Istchee to contribute to, and participate in, the decisions that affect the lives of their members.

Since the opening of this session of Parliament, the Government of Canada has introduced 44 bills. With cooperation from both the House of Commons and the Senate, a total of 12 bills have been granted Royal Assent to date. With two weeks remaining in the parliamentary session, many bills remain on the Order Paper - some of which are in the final stages of the legislative process.

"There has been a general sense of cooperation in both Chambers during this session of Parliament. Although progress has been impressive, there remains much work to be done before the House rises at the end of the month," said Minister Hill. "Canadians want and need their elected officials to demonstrate leadership during this global economic downturn - which is exactly what they have found with our Government. I hope to find the cooperation needed during the coming days in order to pass the remaining legislation that is necessary to ensure the safety and economic prosperity of Canadians from coast to coast to coast."

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