Make A Difference
In Parliament, each Member of Parliament may have the opportunity to introduce a piece of legislation through a process known as a Private Member’s Bill. While there are no limits on the subject of the legislation, it can not be used to call on the government to introduce additional spending. What would you propose?
With over 300 MPs, there is not enough time in four years to debate legislation from each MP. As a result, there is a lottery system used to select randomly the order in which MPs can introduce their ideas. Most MPs will not get the opportunity to introduce their legislation, but occasionally you can get lucky (like I did in 2019) and get selected to go first.
In the last Parliament, I introduced legislation that will add a question to Canada’s annual tax returns to allow Canadians to indicate that they wish to register as an organ and tissue donor. This initiative was supported unanimously by all parties and became the law in June 2021 when it passed in the Senate.
With a new Parliament, I may be fortunate to get one of the early opportunities to introduce another piece of legislation. At this point, I have not settled on any ideas and I genuinely welcome your suggestions. As stated earlier, proposals cannot call for additional spending and must fall within federal jurisdiction. To be successful, it is best if any proposals are likely to secure support from MPs in all parties.
If you have an idea you would like to propose, please send it to me as soon as you can. My staff and I can draft the legislation, but it would be helpful if you could provide as much information as possible, including the rationale for your idea. Please send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.