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Legislative Week in Review: October 2nd – 5th 2017

In the House

This week we debated:

On Tuesday, the House unanimously passed second reading of Bill 154, Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act, 2017. The bill has been referred to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy. Anyone interested in speaking to the bill should contact Clerk Christopher Tyrell by tel. 416-325-3883 or email:

On Wednesday, the House also unanimously passed second reading of Bill 142, Construction Lien Amendment Act, 2017. The bill has been referred to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly. Anyone interested in speaking to the bill should contact Clerk William Short by tel. 416-325-3509 or email:

Also on Wednesday, the Attorney General introduced Bill 163, Protecting a Woman's Right to Access Abortion Services Act, 2017. The bill would, if passed, protect the safety, security, health, and privacy of women and health care providers by allowing for safe access zones to be established around clinics and facilities that offer abortion services, the homes of clinic staff, and the homes and offices of other regulated health professionals who provide these services.

The following day, the PC party moved a motion to bypass the legislative process for Bill 163. This motion was defeated because it’s important that healthcare professionals, women’s groups and other advocates have the opportunity to review the bill and provide input to strengthen it during the committee process. The government will advocate for swift passage of the bill and intends to pass it before the end of the fall sitting.

On Thursday, the Minister of Government and Consumer Services introduced Bill 166, Strengthening Protection for Ontario Consumers Act, 2017. This bill would, if passed, strengthen protections for consumers making significant purchases like buying event tickets or travel services, and purchasing or selling real estate, including newly built homes.

In Private Members’ Business:

Bill 155, Life Leases Act, 2017, sponsored by Liberal MPP Ann Hoggarth passed second reading with unanimous support in the House. This bill would, if passed, establish the conditions for leases not less than 50 years.

Bill 100, Honouring our Veterans Act, 2017, sponsored by Trillium Party MPP Jack MacLaren passed in the House. This bill would, if passed, allow an individual to request to be identified as a veteran on his or her driver’s licence or photo card.

Bill 161, Nick's Law (Opioid Abuse Awareness), 2017, sponsored by PC MPP Lisa MacLeod passed second reading in the House. This bill would, if passed, require the Government of Ontario to allocate at least 10 per cent of the Bulk Media Buy Program toward marketing campaigns on the risks of prescription opioid abuse and fentanyl abuse. 

In Committee

Committee Organization:

  • The Standing Committee on Social Policy on: Bill 139, Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017

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