This past week I voted on four pieces of legislation and am pleased to share my reasons for the decisions I made. I would like to hear your thoughts on these votes, and if you would like more information, or would like to speak to me about these decisions, please email me at Julie.Dabrusin@parl.gc.ca.
November 2, 2016 Business of Supply Motion, which reconfirmed our Government’s commitment to putting the needs of First Nations children first, and to work with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and partners to fix the system, which as it stands discriminates against children. I supported this motion, and will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the House to ensure meaningful steps are taken to stop this discrimination.
Motion M-39, regarding a committee study on Immigration to Atlantic Canada. Last year our Government promised an open, accepting and generous immigration system. I was pleased to support this motion to support Atlantic Canada, which faces particular challenges in attracting and retaining immigrants.
Bill S-208, which designates May 20 of each year as National Seal Products Day throughout Canada. This bill was introduced in the Senate by Senator Céline Hervieux-PayetteIt was a challenge for me coming to a decision about supporting this bill after hearing from constituents about their concerns regarding the seal harvest. After hearing from Inuit and northern leaders at a food security conference I chose to support this bill to recognize the cultural and economic significance of the seal harvest for Indigenous communities.
Bill C-224, or the “Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act” protects a person who is trying to get emergency medical or law enforcement help from charges for possession of illegal drugs in the context of helping someone who is having an overdose on a controlled substance. I supported this bill to spare families and communities from preventable loss of life caused by drug overdoses.