December 12th Blog Post

This week wrapped up the final sitting week in the House of Commons for 2014.  I had the opportunity to meet with caucus colleagues, Equal Voice, and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. This week in the House we debated C-44 which looks to make changes to CISIS powers, C-12 regarding drug testing in prisons, C-32 a Victim’s Bill of Rights and C-43 the Budget Implementation Act.  We also debated and voted on bill C-603 a bill put forward by my colleague Hoang Mai which would require side guards on large trucks.  These side guards help prevent pedestrians and cyclists from being pulled under the wheels of trucks in an accident.  Side guards are proven in studies to save lives.  Sadly this bill was defeated by the Conservatives. 

On Thursday the House took a few moments to honour and thank the security guards for their hard work and their commitment to the safety of MPs, Senators and staff. The security guard who was shot in the leg on October 22nd was there as well.   I once again thank the men and women who keep us safe every day.

I was booked to speak in Windsor for a panel discussion on pensions and retirement security this week.  Unfortunately due to weather I was unable to get there.  One blessing of the Christmas break is that I will not be stranded for hours on a plane on the tarmac for at least a few weeks! 

I am looking forward to seeing many of you over the Holidays at some of the many events in our community.  I would also like to take this opportunity to invite you to our Christmas Open House on December 19 at 1:30 pm in my constituency office (1700-D Dundas Street). 

This will be my last blog post until the New Year.  I want to take this opportunity to wish you all the very best over the holidays.  No matter what you celebrate, I hope you are able to spend some time with family and friends. 

From my family to your Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!