The House of Commons is back in session after the summer, and Moose Jaw’s representative on the Hill is looking forward to a productive parliamentary period before the sessions ends in a few weeks.
“The first day went well,” Palliser MP Ray Boughen told Times-Herald following Question Period on Monday.
Boughen said his Conservative Party government has quite a bit “on the go” that it would continue working towards during the fall session. He said jobs, growth and long-term prosperity continue to be priorities for the government, as is continuing to implement Canada’s 2012 economic action plan.
“It looks like a pretty good fall ahead,” he said, adding the government aims to stay on track to balance the budget by 2015, and Canada is doing rather well economically compared to the rest of the world.
For the Palliser Riding, Boughen said, he would be working on seeing a portion of infrastructure funding going towards renovations of some local rinks. He expects news on that subject within the next couple of months.
Boughen said he would continue to work towards getting parliament to enact legislation to create a DNA missing persons database and an unidentified human remains database.
Earlier in 2012, Boughen presented the petition on behalf of local constituent Melanie Alix, the mother of Dylan Koshman who was last seen in Edmonton in the early hours of Oct. 15, 2008.
“We’re still working on that program,” Boughen said, adding government works fairly slowly and the desired legislation isn’t something he would expect to see enacted during the fall session.
“We’re probably looking at next spring before we get through all the bells and whistles.”
While he is in Ottawa for the fall session, Boughen said, Moose Javains who want to talk with him could still contact him through his Moose Jaw riding office (691-3577) or in Ottawa at 613-992-9115.