Mr. Speaker, because the official opposition was in disarray or whatever, it was unprepared to stand in the House and ask the Thursday question last week. As a result, I was unable to inform the House that this week's theme is “Effective Economic Leadership”.
I am proud to say that to date, we have been very successful.
Yesterday, the House approved the government's budgetary and economic plan to provide tax relief to Canadians by reducing the GST to 5% and cutting personal and business income taxes.
Tomorrow, we will continue to provide effective economic leadership by debating Bill C-7, which would amend the Aeronautics Act; Bill C-15, which would assist in developing natural resources, in Nova Scotia in particular; Bill C-4, which would amend the Pilotage Act; and C-14, which would amend the Canada Post Act.
If time permits, we will also continue with our plan to tackle crime and strengthen security by debating Bill C-3, which would improve the security certificate process.
Next week will be “Honouring our Veterans Week”, allowing members to be in their ridings during this important time.
Today, I would like to recognize the member for Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound who worked hard to make it a reality.
When the House resumes, we will carry on with our very full legislative agenda for democratic reform.
Therefore, I am proud to inform the House that the theme for that week will be “Strengthening our Federation through Democratic Reform Week”.
On Wednesday, November 14, the government will discuss Bill C-6 concerning the visual identification of voters.
We will also be debating legislation that we put on notice last night to address the issue of verification of residence for rural voters.
We hope that the opposition parties will work with the government to pass these two bills quickly before a general election or byelections take place.
We will continue to work toward increasing voter turnout by debating our expanded voting opportunities bill in committee, which would increase the number of advance polling days.
We will also move forward with other parts of our agenda to modernize Canadian democracy.
By debating and passing these legislative initiatives, we will strengthen Canada's political institutions and enhance public confidence in the integrity and accountability of those institutions.
Finally, Tuesday, November 13, will be a supply day, and today we will resume debate on the opposition motion.