Friday: MPs Return to Tobacco Bill

Friday: MPs Return to Tobacco Bill

April 27, 2018 6amET

A Senate bill to institute plain packaging for tobacco products, and regulate vaping products (including e-cigarettes), returns for debate in the House of Commons following a health committee report.

Bill S-5 would increase Health Canada regulation restrict advertising of vaping products, and prohibit flavoured products designed for youth.

The week closes with a motion from Conservative MP Blake Richards on support for parents who have lost an infant:

That the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities be instructed to undertake a study of the impact on parents who have suffered the loss of an infant child, including in the case of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), to consider, among other things,

(i) ways to improve the level of compassion and support for parents who have suffered the loss of an infant child,

(ii) ways to ensure that parents do not suffer any undue financial or emotional hardship as a result of the design of government programming, particularly from Employment Insurance Parental Benefits;

that the Committee hold a minimum of six meetings to hear from witnesses that include parents who have lost an infant to SIDS, organizations who advocate for SIDS families, experts in the area of grief counselling, as well as officials responsible for the Employment Insurance Parental Benefits program;

and that the Committee report its findings and recommendations to the House within six months of the adoption of this motion, and that it be instructed to request a comprehensive government response to its report, pursuant to Standing Order 109.

-Andrew Thomson