moved for leave to introduce Bill C-428, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (child fitness tax credit).
Mr. Speaker, like others here, the member for Kings—Hants is someone I have known for actually over 22 years. I had the good fortune of meeting him in 1995. I wish him, Rose, Claire and Max Godspeed in their next great adventure.
It gives me great pleasure to rise today to introduce my private member's bill.
As members know, I have announced my return to medicine when my present term ends this year. Improving the health of Canadian children is why I became a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon.
That is why I accepted the invitation extended by former finance minister Jim Flaherty to chair the expert panel on the children's fitness tax credit in 2006.
The panel's recommendations formed the original children's fitness tax credit. In 2014, 1.8 million Canadian families with children were claiming the credit. Unfortunately, the present government campaigned on a promise to eliminate it.
The children's fitness tax credit was eliminated in 2017.
The bill I present today is similar to the 2006 children's fitness tax credit, with added benefits for parents who have children with disabilities.
This is a simple bill. I hope it will find multi-party support. I welcome the opportunity to meet with members of Parliament who support healthy and active children.
(Motion deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)