OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 10, 2014) - Today, the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, the Honourable Peter Van Loan, and the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, the Honourable Denis Lebel, outlined the Government's legislative accomplishments in 2014. Job creation, lower taxes and free trade were key elements in the economy-focused agenda in the House of Commons this past year.
"Our Government's top priority is the economy. We will remain focused on the issues that are important to Canadians - growing the economy and creating jobs," said Minister Van Loan. "Through the passage of our two budget implementation bills, we are implementing important job-creating measures from Economic Action Plan 2014 including important measures supporting families."
This year's budget, Economic Action Plan 2014, contained specific measures to create jobs promote economic growth, and support Canadian families. This fall, Parliament considered Bill C-43, Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 2, including a Small Business Job Credit, as well as a doubling of the Children's Fitness Tax Credit. The bill also improves the fairness and integrity of the tax system, as the Government returns to balanced budgets in 2015.
This legislation complements another parliamentary vote that sets the stage for tax cuts, including the Family Tax Cut, and other enhanced benefits for families, including a significant expansion of the Universal Child Care Benefit to $160 per month for children under the age of 6. There will also be a new $60 monthly benefit for children aged 6 to 17 and a $1,000 increase to the Child Care Expense Deduction limits.
"We have implemented job-creating measures that build on our record of creating over a million new jobs since the economic down turn," said Minister Lebel "Our plan includes new free trade agreements that open new markets for Canadian workers and businesses - this year, we made free trade agreements with South Korea and Honduras into law."
By the end of this year, Parliament is expected to have passed several pieces of legislation benefiting the economy, which include:
- Bill C-31, Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 1
- Bill C-43, Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 2
- Bill C-41, Canada-Korea Economic Growth and Prosperity Act - strengthening trade and investment ties across the Pacific, creating thousands of new jobs in Canada and providing Canadian businesses and workers with a gateway to Asia.
- Bill C-20, Canada-Honduras Economic Growth and Prosperity Act - opening new markets for our exporters in Latin America where Canada now has seven free trade agreements in place.
- Bill C-30, Bill Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act - ensuring Canadian grain farmers get their product to market quickly and more efficiently.
- Bill C-3, Safeguarding Canada's Seas and Skies Act - ensuring the safe and reliable transport of Canada's natural resources.
- Bill C-8, Combating Counterfeit Products Act - protecting consumers, manufacturers and retailers from the health and economic threats presented by counterfeit goods coming into Canada.
In addition to this year's important economic accomplishments, throughout this year the Government kept its commitments and realized progress on our proposals to tackle crime, protect victims, support veterans, strengthen the value of Canadian citizenship, improve the conduct of elections, honour our international agreements, create parks, give Canadian farmers a boost, cut red tape, and fight terrorism.
A backgrounder outlining Parliament's legislative accomplishments to date in 2014 is attached.
The House of Commons is scheduled to resume on January 26, 2015.
For more information on the Government's legislative agenda, please consult: www.HouseLeader.gc.ca
Backgrounder: Legislative Results in 2014
Government Bills that have received Royal Assent in 2014
C-3, Safeguarding Canada's Seas and Skies Act (December 9, 2014)
C-5, Offshore Health and Safety Act (June 19, 2014)
C-6, Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act (November 6, 2014)
C-8, Combating Counterfeit Products Act (December 9, 2014)
C-9, First Nations Elections Act (April 11, 2014)
C-10, Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act (November 6, 2014)
C-13, Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act (December 9, 2014)
C-14, Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act (April 11, 2014)
C-15, Northwest Territories Devolution Act (March 25, 2014)
C-16, Sioux Valley Dakota Nation Governance Act (March 4, 2014)
C-17, Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act (Vanessa's Law) (November 6, 2014)
C-20, Canada-Honduras Economic Growth and Prosperity Act (June 19, 2014)
C-23, Fair Elections Act (June 19, 2014)
C-24, Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act (June 19, 2014)
C-25, Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Act (June 19, 2014)
C-28, Appropriation Act No. 5, 2013-14 (March 27, 2014)
C-29, Appropriation Act No. 1, 2014-15 (March 27, 2014)
C-30, Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act (May 29, 2014)
C-31, Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 1 (June 19, 2014)
C-34, Tla'amin Final Agreement Act (June 19, 2014)
C-36, Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (November 6, 2014)
C-37, Riding Name Change Act, 2014 (June 19, 2014)
C-38, Appropriation Act No. 2, 2014-15 (June 19, 2014)
C-39, Appropriation Act No. 3, 2014-15 (June 19, 2014)
C-41, Canada-Korea Economic Growth and Prosperity Act (November 26, 2014)
Private Members' and Private Bills that have received Royal Assent in 2014
C-217, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (mischief relating to war memorials) (June 19, 2014) (David Tilson: Dufferin—Caledon, Ontario)
C-394, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act (criminal organization recruitment) (June 19, 2014) (Parm Gill: Brampton—Springdale, Ontario)
C-444, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (personating peace officer or public officer) (June 19, 2014) (Earl Dreeshen: Red Deer, Alberta)
C-462, Disability Tax Credit Promoters Restrictions Act (May 29, 2014) (Cheryl Gallant: Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, Ontario)
C-489, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (restrictions on offenders) (June 19, 2014) (Mark Warawa: Langley, British Columbia)
C-501, National Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Heritage Day Act (November 6, 2014) (Rick Norlock: Northumberland—Quinte West, Ontario)
S-213, Lincoln Alexander Day Act (December 9, 2014) (David Sweet: Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale, Ontario)
S-1001, An Act to amend the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada Act (December 9, 2014) (Laurie Hawn: Edmonton Centre, Alberta)
Other Government Bills already passed by one House in 2014
C-18, Agricultural Growth Act
C-22, Energy Safety and Security Act
C-27, Veterans Hiring Act
C-45, Appropriation Act No. 4, 2014-15
C-47, Miscellaneous Statute Law Amendment Act, 2014
S-2, Incorporation by Reference in Regulations Act
S-4, Digital Privacy Act
S-5, Nááts'ihch'oh National Park Reserve Act
S-6, Yukon and Nunavut Regulatory Improvement Act