December 17, 2013
Our return to Parliament was delayed this fall following the prorogation in September. Both Chambers of Parliament are now adjourned until the end of January 2014.
The Fall session, however, was quite eventful. I am proud to have tabled Bill S-205 in October, my third bill aimed at modernizing Part IV of the Official Languages Act. I am hopeful that this bill will be referred to the Senate Standing Committee on Official Languages for further study following the winter break. I am very grateful that this bill has received widespread support from official language communities across Canada.
This fall, the Supreme Court of Canada heard the arguments from various parties on the topic of Senate reform. This debate will continue in 2014 and I will keep you informed of all developments.
Following our return on the Hill at the end of January 2014, I will present a newsletter detailing my parliamentary activities in 2013. I hope you will find it interesting and informative. It will also provide you with a preview of the files that I will be following on your behalf in 2014.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy holiday season, and joy and health for you and yours in the year to come.
Maria Chaput, Senator