Parliament resumes for fall sitting

Next week the House of Commons will again be in session as the fall sitting gets underway.

Next week the House of Commons will again be in session as the fall sitting gets underway with a heavy schedule from now until late December.

While there will be many bills coming before the House, one of the more anticipated debates will on be the Reform Act of 2014, a Private Member’s Bill from my Conservative colleague MP Michael Chong.

This bill has a number of democratic reform proposals in it that continues to generate a strong amount of feedback from citizens and is a debate that promises to be very engaging.

From a local perspective I have had a number of responses on this Bill and will continue to provide updates on the progress of it in the House of Commons.

Another important topic that may be the subject of debate is the deployment of a limited number of Canadian armed forces personnel to Iraq to work in a non combat capacity with American forces personnel advising Iraqi military forces.

The purpose of this joint effort is to provide expertise on how Iraqi security forces can better protect innocent citizens against the threat of ISIL.

The initial Canadian deployment is for 30 days and includes providing strategic and tactical advice to Iraqi forces but does not include a combat role.

In response to the announcement the NDP raised concerns around mission creep while the Liberals offered their support for the deployment.

From my own perspective there is no question that the deplorable tactics and actions of terrorist groups against innocent civilians are serious and represent very real concerns to all Canadians.

Canada has a long history of opposing tyranny and protecting innocent civilians from brutality and acts of terrorism.

I also recognize that serious conflict is a subject that Canadians have diverse views on and should never be taken lightly. I will continue to provide updates on this subject and welcome comments and questions in this or any subject coming before the House of Commons.

As I am soon off to Ottawa I would like to thank the many citizens, groups, organization and businesses that took the time to share concerns with me over my summer listening tour.

This input was helpful for me and there are a number of items that I will be taking forward to Ottawa for follow up on as the fall session gets underway.

Dan Albas is the MP for Okanagan Coquihalla.

 

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