Legislative Week in Review


Legislative Week in Review: April 9th – 12th, 2018

In the House

This week we debated:

 

On Thursday, Bill 3, Pay Transparency Act, 2018, passed second reading in the House. The Bill has been referred to the Standing Committee on Social Policy. Anyone interested in speaking to the Bill should contact Clerk Jocelyn McCauley by tel: 416-325-7352 or email: comm-socialpolicy@ola.org. This Bill is part of the government’s strategy for women’s economic empowerment. The Conservatives were the only party to vote against the Bill on second reading.

Also on Thursday, the House passed government motion #5 that outlines the schedule for Bill 6, Correctional Services Transformation Act, 2018. As per the motion, should the Bill pass second reading it will be referred to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy for public hearings on Thursday, April 19, 2018. Anyone interested in speaking to the Bill should contact Clerk Christopher Tyrell by tel: 416-325-3883 or email: comm-justicepolicy@ola.org.

 

In Private Members’ Business

Bill 5, Home Care and Community Services Amendment Act (Dan's Law), 2018, sponsored by NDP MPP Lisa Gretzky passed second reading in the House. The Bill would, if passed, remove the OHIP waiting period for newcomers to Ontario when patients require end of life or palliative care. Work is already underway in the government to make the necessary changes to ensure individuals can receive publicly-funded palliative and end-of-life care close for their loved ones.   

Bill 38, Youth Political Engagement Act, 2018 sponsored by Liberal MPP Arthur Potts also passed second reading in the House. The Bill would, if passed, lower the voting from 18 to 16. The government is always looking for ways to further engage young people in the democratic process and recently passed legislation that allows 16 and 17 year olds to register online as future voters.

Bill 21, Liability for Climate-Related Harms Act, 2018 sponsored by NDP MPP Peter Tabuns passed second reading in the House. The Bill would, if passed, make a fossil fuel producer responsible for any climate-related harms that occur in Ontario as a result of greenhouse gas emissions. The government has already established a Cap and Trade system that recently brought in $471 million to invest in programs that will reduce greenhouse gas pollution.     

In Committee

 Public Hearings:

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Clause by Clause Consideration:

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