2010 Annual Report – Legislation
Legislation Standing Committee
Terri Scott, Chairperson
2010 Annual Report
Honorary Life Member Marie Cameron
Much concern was shown by provincial chairpersons of legislation regarding legislation at all levels of government. They were diligent about keeping in touch with their members of parliament and members of legislative assemblies and becoming well-informed about current legislation. Contact with government was made in person, by letter, postcard, telephone, and e-mail. It was noted by one provincial council that letter contact received the most serious attention.
Members monitored legislation at all levels of government by studying legislation on government Web sites, The Canadian League, Hansard and television newscasts. Some members attended public forums and debates. One chairperson noted that a senator was unaware that the work of the senate was scrutinized by the League and he appreciated the encouragement and support in senate endeavours. At meetings, members were made of aware of issues by reading information from communiqués, newspapers and leaflets. There was a high level of interest and focus on many issues at all levels of government.
Federal Bills Monitored in the 40th Parliament 2nd and 3rd Session:
C-384 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (right to die with dignity) (defeated in 2010)
Issues and related legislation monitored and discussed by provincial councils
British Columbia reviewed the recommendations of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) in relation to Bill C-545. Newfoundland: Many letters were written regarding Bill C-384.
Ontario studied a wide variety of legislation: Bill N 179 Regulated Health Professions Statute Law Amendment Act, 2009 Amendment Act; Bill 101 Narcotics Safety and Awareness Act, 2010 ; Bill 99 Children’s Activity Tax Credit Act 2010; Bill 65 Not-For-Profit Corporation Act, 2010; Bill 58 Planning Amendment Act (Enabling Municipalities to Require Inclusionary Housing), 2010 ; Bill 38 Criminal Record Checks for Volunteers Act, 2010; Bill 31 Skin Cancer Prevention Act, 2010; Bill 21 Retirement Homes Act, 2010; Bill 3 Protection of Vulnerable and Elderly People from Abuse Act, (Powers of Attorney), 2010.
Quebec: Discussion was held on legislation that contained amendments to the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms that could weaken the charter’s protection against linguistic discrimination in both the private and public sectors. In Saskatchewan, letters were written regarding Bill C-474 requesting appropriate analysis of market harm to farmers before the release of genetically engineered seed. Awareness was raised of Bill C-573.
National Chairperson’s Activities
The year was filled with educational opportunities and following the debates of bills and their passage or defeat. Attending all national meetings gave a good perspective nationwide; two communiqués were sent and two articles for The Canadian League submitted. I had the honour of being part of the delegation that represented members at government meetings on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.