Budget Implementation Bill must be divided: NDP

OTTAWA — New Democrat critic for Human Resources and Skills Development Chris Charlton (Hamilton Mountain), tabled a motion in the House of Commons today to split the Budget Implementation Act (C-60) by removing clauses changing the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the temporary foreign workers program and referring them to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.

“That notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practice of the House, clauses 161 to 166 related to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, be removed from Bill C-60, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 21, 2013 and other measures, and do compose Bill C-62; that Bill C-62 be deemed read a first time and be printed; that the order for second reading of the said bill provide for the referral to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities; that Bill C-60 retain the status on the Order Paper that it had prior to the adoption of this Order; that Bill C-60 be reprinted as amended; and that the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel be authorized to make any technical changes or corrections as may be necessary to give effect to this motion.”