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 19, 2009 16:03 ET

Impressive Legislative Accomplishments as House of Commons Sitting Comes to an End

20 Bills Receive Royal Assent; 26 expected by June 23rd

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 19, 2009) - The Honourable Jay Hill, M.P. for Prince George-Peace River, and Government House Leader, expressed his pleasure today with the important legislative progress made by the Government as the House of Commons adjourns for the summer.

"I began this session with the challenging goal of advancing our Government's ambitious legislative program through an often unstable and unpredictable minority parliament. It was not always easy, but I am extremely proud of the progress we have made for our country," said Minister Hill. "During this period of global economic uncertainty, Canadians needed Parliament to cooperate. We accomplished exactly that, and were able to pass important measures that will ensure economic prosperity and security for Canadians."

Since January, the Government of Canada has taken unprecedented action to accelerate job creating investments and implement a multi-billion dollar stimulus package contained in the Economic Action Plan. Today, over 80 per cent of this year's part of the two year plan is being implemented, and is already:

- permanently reducing the tax burden on Canadians;

- providing tax relief and improved access to financing for Canadian households and businesses;

- assisting unemployed workers through extended EI benefits and improved skills training;

- creating jobs through a massive injection of infrastructure spending;

- supporting the industries and communities hardest hit by the global recession; and

- investing in the jobs of tomorrow through new supports for research and technology.

In addition to the Economic Action Plan, the Government has introduced 54 bills, and when the Senate adjourns next week, as many as 26 of these bills are expected to have received Royal Assent. Contained in this impressive legislative program are bills that promote the economic development of Canada's North, demonstrate the government's commitment to increasing the governance capacity of First Nations in Canada, loan guarantees for Canadian farm families and cooperatives, and restore veterans' allowances to allied war veterans and their families. Furthermore, the Government has introduced several measures that will ensure Canadian communities and borders are safe from crime and violence.

"Through cooperation in both Houses of Parliament, we've delivered swift and substantial results for Canadians during this economic downturn," said Minister Hill. "We still have a lot of work to do, including the debate and passage of over a dozen bills that will strengthen our justice system and enhance the safety of our communities. When Parliament returns in September, I am optimistic that this spirit of cooperation will continue so that we can complete this unfinished business and address the other important priorities of all Canadians."

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