I would like to provide you with a short update on some of the things I have been doing in the Senate. But before doing that I want to say what a tremendous honour it has been for me to serve as your elected Alberta representative in the Senate of Canada. I look forward to doing so in the years to come.
The Senate is a very busy place. This year we have passed 42 pieces of government legislation and the Senate Committees have issued 16 reports.
I was asked to serve as sponsor of two of those pieces of legislation, Bill C-22, An Act respecting Canada’s offshore oil and gas operations, enacting the Nuclear Liability and Compensation Act, repealing the Nuclear Liability Act and making consequential amendments to other Acts (the Energy Safety and Security Act) and Bill C-525, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code, the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act and the Public Service Labour Relations Act, in the Senate.
Bill C-22 will reinforce with new measures to ensure safety and security in Canada’s offshore and nuclear energy industries.
Bill C-525 is a common sense bill that enhances the democratic rights of Canadian employees in federally-regulated sectors by adding a secret ballot vote for the certification and decertification of unions. The Bill received Royal Assent the night we adjourned for the current break.
I have had the pleasure of serving on a number of Senate Committees with diverse subjects and mandates. In the Senate Aboriginal Peoples Committee this session has been largely consumed by a study we are conducting examining On-Reserve Housing and Infrastructure. We have heard from witnesses in Ottawa, but have also conducted fact-finding missions in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and British Columbia.
I am also a Member of the Senate Human Rights Committee, Conflict of Interest Committee and Banking Committee. In the Human Rights Committee we have been working on Bill C-7, The Barbaric Cultural Practices Act; Bill S-219, The Journey to Freedom Day Act; and Bill S-201, An Act to Establish Pope John Paul II Day. Both S-219 and S-201 received Royal Assent. When not dealing with these diverse pieces of legislation, we have been studying the Hague Convention.
This fall I was appointed to the Banking Trade and Commerce Committee where we have been studying digital currency and what role it might play in the Canadian Economy as well as other issues.
The year ahead should be an interesting one as we edge closer to the federal election. I will be sure to update on the work we are doing in the Senate.
I would like to extend, from my family to you and yours, Very Best wishes for the Holiday Season and New Year.
Senator Scott Tannas