Bill C-18: An act to reorganize the Canadian Wheat Board — a bill that will eliminate the wheat board’s monopoly in Western Canada, passed the Senate Thursday and received royal assent.
Bill C-13: A bill to implement the spring budget — an act which increases support payments to poor seniors, extends children’s tax credits for art programs and kills per vote subsidies for political parties, was given the go-ahead by the Senate and received royal assent.
Bill C-20: The fair representation act — a bill that will see 30 new seats split between Ontario, Alberta, B.C. and Quebec went to third-reading in the Senate on Dec. 15 and is expected to receive royal assent before the Senate rises for the Christmas break.
Passed Friday morning, Bill C-20 will enhance the number of MPs to 338 from 308, and bringing with them millions of dollars in costs to taxpayers.
The Conservative government also worked hard to pass Bill C-19 aimed at eliminating the long-gun registry which it had promised in the election. That bill is likely to reach the Senate in 2012.
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