This past week I voted on three pieces of legislation. These are 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.
Bill C-228 An Act to amend the Fisheries Act. I voted in favour of this private member’s bill. The bill proposed to eliminate aquaculture practices that allow for fish farms in open water, rather than in contained areas. In principle I believe it could be useful to investigate the impacts of fish farming on wild salmon stocks on our western coast.
Bill C-245 Poverty Reduction Act. I voted not to send this bill to committee. I believe that poverty reduction is crucial to bettering the lives of all Canadians and developing a Canadian poverty reduction strategy forms part of the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development’s mandate. Currently the Standing Committee of Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities is studying poverty reduction strategies. You can learn more about their study and find out how to participate by going to their website here. Given that there are in depth studies underway by the committee and the ministry, a bill proposing a strategy was premature.
As a member of the All Party Anti-Poverty Caucus , I am working with my colleagues in Ottawa to respond to this issue. Last week, we heard from Hugh Segal about the basic income pilot project in Ontario.
Bill C-29, Budget Implementation Act. I voted to support this second part of our Budget 2016. The provisions in C-29 continue to implement the financial changes we need to keep Canada running while helping those among us who need it most. You can read a summary of the bill here.