MASSE IN THE HOUSE: Masse questions Minister on C-290, Still Stuck in the Senate

Masse questions Minister on C-290

    Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the Conservative government jumps on every opportunity it has to shut down debate. If it is not closure motions, it is letting bills die in the Senate.

    Over a year ago, a private member's bill, Bill C-290, that would sustain and grow the largest sector of the entertainment industry in Canada was passed by the House of Commons and sent to the Senate.

    As of now, the Senate has not passed the bill.

    Why is this bill, which passed the House of Commons with no opposition from any member, languishing in the Senate?

    Hon. Rob Nicholson (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, CPC): Mr. Speaker, yes, it is before the Senate. I know it will be considered in due course.

    Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, it is not right for the Senate to cherry-pick bills for consideration. This was passed unanimously in the House of Commons.

    This bill would help create new jobs, allow law enforcement to crack down on organized crime and offshore betting, and give the provinces new opportunities to generate new revenues.

    Conservative indifference is putting this all at risk.

    Why are the Conservatives not doing more to ensure passage of a bill that has already passed?

    Hon. Rob Nicholson (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, CPC): Mr. Speaker, we work to expedite and assist in the passage of all bills. Certainly, government bills are, of course, our first priority. However, even NDP private members' bills will be analyzed and decided upon in due course.