Communique #9 – Legislation

May 13, 2020

National Chairperson of Legislation Betty Colaneri, May 13, 2020.


“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” (Maya Angelou)

My dear sisters in the League,

I sincerely hope you and your families are healthy and safe while doing your best to endure the ongoing effects of this pandemic.

The federal government has been doing what it can to help Canadians deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The following two bills received royal assent:

  • Bill C-14 A second Act respecting certain measures in response to COVID-19. The short title for the bill is COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, No. 2. The bill was sponsored by the minister of finance and received royal assent on April 11, 2020.
  • Bill C-15 An Act respecting Canada emergency student benefits (coronavirus disease 2019), The short title is Canada Emergency Student Benefit Act. The bill was sponsored by the minister of employment, workforce development and disability inclusion and received royal assent on May 1, 2020.

In response to the horrific violence in Nova Scotia that tragically took the lives of 22 people, the prime minister placed a ban on assault-style firearms and some gun components. The ban enhances Bill C-71 An Act to amend certain Acts and Regulations in relation to firearms, which received royal assent on June 21, 2019. The federal government will introduce legislation as soon as possible as well as implement a buy-back program to remove these firearms safely. The government will also look at options that will work with provincial and territorial governments to ensure the safety and security of Canadians.

In this the month dedicated to our Mother Mary, may we pray that she ask her son Jesus to grant comfort and peace to the families of the victims in Nova Scotia. As members continue to send their heartfelt prayers to them, let us be vigilant to do whatever we can to help put an end to senseless gun violence.

I pray that Mary Mother of Mercy will cover you and your families in the mantle of her protection.

Betty Colaneri
National Chairperson of Legislation