Brandon, MB - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris announced he is teaming up with students from Brandon University to ask constituents to come up with ideas for either a Private Members Bill or a Motion to table in the House of Commons.
Maguire said, "I believe our democracy can be improved if Canadians are provided more opportunities to have their voices heard. I would like you to submit your ideas that will make a positive difference in the lives of Canadians - and who knows - might just become law!"
As a Member of Parliament, MP Maguire has the opportunity to introduce either a Private Members Bill or a Motion to study an issue in the House of Commons. Private Members Bills can either introduce new laws or amend existing laws.
In the past, Members of Parliament have taken the opportunity to introduce Private Members Bills such as amending the Criminal Code to provide for the offence of committing mischief in relation to a war memorial, prohibiting the sale of bulk water across international lines or making it an offence to wear a mask or other disguise to conceal one's identity while taking part in a riot or an unlawful assembly. These are just some examples of Private Members Bills that have become law.
The winning idea from a Brandon-Souris constituent will then be drafted into legislation and tabled in the House of Commons.
How will this work?
All entries must be received by October 15, 2014. Entries can be submitted using the template in the Brandon-Souris Bulletin which will be distributed to every home in the constituency or online at www.larrymaguire.ca/strengthencanada
Maguire has teamed up with students from Brandon University political science department. As part of their course work they will review the submissions and select a few to be presented to the public at a town hall in November. Members of the public will be invited to attend and participate at the meeting.
A panel of questioners who will help select the winning idea and then table the legislation in early 2015.
The proposed legislation must be in the purview of the Federal Government and comply with the Constitution of Canada. In addition, Private Members Bills cannot compel the Government to increase expenditures or spend funds.
All residents of Brandon-Souris regardless of age are eligible. If you have questions or need help researching ideas please contact the office or email Larry.Maguire@parl.gc.ca