Indigenous stat holiday bill destined to die in Senate
|CTVnews 21 Jun 2019 at 10:28|
A new bill designating September 30 as a statutory holiday known as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is expected to die in Senate as Parliament is set to adjourn before it can pass.
Currently September 30 is known as Orange Shirt Day, which focuses on the experiences of students and survivors of residential schools.
The proposal for a new Indigenous-focused stat holiday was first made in NDP MP Georgina Jolibois 2017 Bill C-369, which was substantially amended over this Parliament by the Liberal majority to change the date, title and scope of the holiday.
Initially, Jolibois had wanted June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day to become the statutory holiday. The government pushed the bill forward this fall after some debate about whether the day should be more celebratory or sombre.
The government first announced in August 2018 that they were planning to introduce a new statutory holiday to mark Canada s "tragic and painful" residential school legacy. It was at this time the government first floated the September date as an alternative, but said they wanted to consult Indigenous people.
Last year Liberal MP Randy Boissonnault said the government wanted the new annual federal holiday to be about honouring survivors, families, and Indigenous communities.
Last week, former interim leader of the federal Conservative party Rona Ambrose first made the accusation that the private members bills were being blocked by her former caucus colleagues, including her own proposal about judges receiving sexual assault law training.
Both Indigenous focused bills will die unless there is a late breaking development in the Senate, such as the government recalling Parliament to deal with ratifying the new NAFTA deal.
Any bill that hasnt passed by the time this Parliament ends whether a private members bill or government legislationwould have to be reintroduced in the next Parliament by whoever forms government.