OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 06/19/13 -- Today, the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, the Honourable Peter Van Loan and the Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), the Honourable Christian Paradis, outlined the Government's legislative accomplishments in 2013.
"Our Government is focused on creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Canadians," said Minister Van Loan. "Through a productive and hardworking sitting of the House of Commons, we have delivered real results for Canadians by strengthening our economy, creating jobs and supporting families."
Economic Action Plan 2013 contained specific measures to create jobs for Canadians. The Harper Government passed Bill C-60, the Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, No. 1, which will implement the following measures:
-- extending the temporary accelerated capital cost allowance for investments in manufacturing;-- increasing gas tax transfers to municipalities to support local infrastructure;-- reforming the temporary foreign workers program to ensure Canadians have first crack at available jobs; and-- implementing tax credits for Canadians who donate to charity, enhancing the tax credit for parents who adopt and extending the tax credit for Canadians who take care of loved ones in their homes.
"By implementing the important job-creating measures of Economic Action Plan 2013, we are building on our record that has seen the creation of over one million net new jobs since the global economic downturn," added Minister Paradis.
Parliament has accomplished twice as much as is typical. In addition to the budget, the Harper Government has also moved forward on other important priorities by passing legislation that will:
-- remove of foreign criminals from Canada more quickly;-- increase the surcharge paid by offenders to support victims of crime;-- enhance RCMP accountability;-- introduce new measures to combat and prevent terrorism;-- improve to the Witness Protection Program;-- give equal rights to women and girls living on reserves;-- increase financial transparency for First Nations;-- create a new framework to provide safe drinking water for First Nations reserves; and-- provide Canada's assent to changes that will enshrine gender equality and freedom to marry an individual of another faith in the laws governing the Royal line of succession.
In addition to the Harper Government's legislative measures, the House of Commons has approved many private Member's bills and motions.
"This session of Parliament has been marked by an unprecedented level of individual Members of Parliament bringing forward and passing ideas which are very important to them and their constituents," said Minister Van Loan. "Never before have we seen this number of substantive private Members' bills become law."
For more information on the Government's legislative agenda, please consult: www.HouseLeader.gc.ca
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