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Legislation Communiqué #2 - July 2017

Legislation Communiqué #1 - July 2017



Legislation Communiqué #2 - October 2017  

Susan Melchiorre, Provincial Legislation Chairperson


Four resolutions were adopted at the 2017 annual national convention in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, with two falling under the legislation standing committee:


The action plan for Resolution 2017.03 Zero-Rated Status Under the Goods and Services Tax Provisions of the Excise Tax Act for Child Safety Products asks members to write letters to the prime minister and minister of finance, with copies to local members of parliament (MPs), requesting the removal of the federal portion of tax from child safety products.  Encourage councils to: invite a guest speaker to educate members on the requirements of child safety products; hold fundraisers to purchase safety products for those in need; study the product list in the Canada Safety Act and ascertain if any other products should be listed; and educate members, parish communities and the public on the provincial rebate for child safety products. 


The action plan for Resolution 2017.04 Protection from Coercion of Conscience for Healthcare Professionals asks members to write to the prime minister and attorney general, with copies to local MPs, urging them to make it an offence under the Criminal Code for healthcare professionals to be coerced into performing or referring patients for procedures that are in opposition to their conscience. Councils are also encouraged to educate members and the community on the importance of healthcare professionals’ right of conscience and find ways to support healthcare workers who will not perform procedures that are in opposition to their conscience. 




Three motions presented by legislation were carried at the 2017 national convention. All the motions were on the passage of Bill C16 regarding Gender Identity and Gender Expression.


Palliative Care Petition


The 2017 League petition, requesting the federal government to specifically identify hospice palliative care as a defined medical service covered under the Canada Health Act, was distributed across Canada this spring. Completed petitions with a total of 32,741 signatures were delivered to Member of Parliament Cathy McLeod (Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo). The petition will be presented in the House of Commons this fall. Due to the impressive number of signatures received, Cathy McLeod is considering the viability of developing a private members’ bill. Thank you to the councils and members for gathering the signatures. This one gesture in legislation demonstrates how we should never be afraid to raise our voices for all that is good. Members can and will change the world!!


Currently there are a few legislation bills in the making at the federal level that are of concern to many tax payers.  The taxation changes to small businesses that will greatly affect their income, introduction of a carbon tax, the consideration of taxation on employee discounts and the act to legalize the sale and use of marijuana.  We will have to wait to see just what occurs with these legislation proposals. 



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Legislation Communiqué #1 - July 2017  

Susan Melchiorre, Provincial Legislation Chairperson


With both the Canadian Parliament and the Saskatchewan Legislature on summer recess, politicians will be in their constituencies for the summer.  If you have issues, questions, or concerns, now is the best time to get a one-on-one with them. You will also run into them at your local fairs, parades and any other event going on in your community where crowds gather.  They try to make themselves visible and available to their constituents. So, try to have a conversation with your representative.


Usually your civic leaders -  mayors, councillors and reeves – can also be seen at these activities. Be familiar with the bylaws and budgets your councils want to change or add.


There is usually a scramble to get bills passed before summer recess.  Here are a few that passed in Parliament:


  • C-6 – dual citizens convicted of serious crimes such as terrorism will no longer have their Canadian citizenship revoked. Also applying for citizenship has become easier. Applicant must now reside in Canada 3 out of 5 years rather than the previous 4 out of 6.
  • C-16 – the phrase “gender identity or expression” is added to the Criminal Code and Human rights Act.
  • C-4– restores rules around certification and decertification of unions


Before the house at dissolution were bills that may strike down the Indian Act registration rules. The bill seeks to eliminate sex-based status registration and another to make the words to O Canada gender neutral.


Familiarize yourself  with your governments’ activities.  Listen to the news, read newspapers or watch TV.  Also most news outlets have a website.  Hansard is the publication of all proceedings that go on in parliament of the legislature.  These can also be found on your specific government website.   


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