Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform

Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform

December 19, 2006 11:47 ET

Canada's New Government Delivers on its Priorities in Parliament

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 19, 2006) - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform, today underlined the outstanding parliamentary and legislative achievements of Canada's New Government.

"I am very pleased with the progress we have made since Parliament opened on April 3," stated Minister Nicholson. "The government has worked hard to ensure that this minority parliament produces real results for Canadians. As a result, Canadians will have more accountable government, tax relief, increased support for families and children, and safer streets and communities."

Canada's New Government delivered on its top priorities by passing the Federal Accountability Act, which strengthens accountability and increases transparency and oversight in government operations. Parliament also passed Budget 2006 legislation this spring to reduce the GST from 7% to 6% and implement the Universal Child Care Benefit. It also passed legislation to implement the Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber agreement.

The House of Commons also voted by an overwhelming margin to support a motion to recognize that the Quebecois form a nation within a united Canada. In addition, it had a truly free vote on restoring the definition of traditional marriage, as the government promised during the election campaign.

Canada's New Government has taken important steps to implement its democratic reform agenda, with key bills to provide for consultations with Canadians on their preferred Senate candidates, establish fixed dates for elections, limit the tenure of new Senators to eight years, and improve the integrity of the electoral system.

Parliament passed the government's first get tough on crime bill, to crack down on street racing and is considering 11 bills to make Canada's streets safer, including legislation to end conditional sentences for serious offences, implement mandatory minimum sentences, establish a 'reverse onus' for bail for firearms offences, raise the age of consent for sexual activity from 14 to 16 years, provide tougher sentences for dangerous offenders and crack down on drug-impaired driving. The Environment Legislative committee will also begin its study of the government's Clean Air Act.

At the following address (http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/parliament_eng.pdf) is a detailed list of legislation and other initiatives considered by Parliament since the beginning of the 39th Parliament. The list is also available at www.pco-bcp.gc.ca/lgc under the heading 'Media Centre'.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Leader of the Government
    in the House of Commons
    and Minister for Democratic Reform
    613-952-4930