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Time running out for MPs

There is just three sitting weeks left before the expected June 21 adjournment of the House of Commons for the summer recess.

Normally, the House would resume in September, but there is not expected to be another sitting as the writ will be dropped in September to make way for the October election.

In other words, we are entering the final three weeks of the 42nd Parliament.

As is often the case this time of year, the daily sittings will now be extended to 11 p.m. or midnight until the House business concludes.

For the government, this is always a challenging time as they must prioritize what bills they want passed because some legislation won’t get through the House in time.

There is also a new challenge where the Senate in more recent times has demonstrated an increased willingness to amend or attempt to delay some bills.

A bill amended by the Senate will return to the House of Commons for further debate as opposed to receiving royal assent.

Another government action occurring is the tender will soon be released for the replacement of our CF-18 fighter jets.

CBC reports that the tender "was pushed back recently as federal officials amended the process of evaluating industrial benefits in order to allow Lockheed Martin's F-35 to remain in the competition."

If you are confused, yes this is the same F-35 that the Liberals in 2015 stated "We will not buy the F-35 stealth fighter-bomber.”

The Swedish aerospace company SAAB has also expressed interest in making a bid with the Gripen E fighter.

Some have suggested that the European company Airbus may also submit a bid with the Typhoon jet fighter.

The Boeing Superhornet may be the final bidder.

It is expected that the final decision would not be made for a replacement until 2022, with no replacement fighters arriving until at least 2025.

All of this would also likely depend upon the results of the next election as military procurement policies tends to change with each new government.

My question this week:

  • Do you support the F-35 being included in the tender for a possible CF-18 replacement aircraft despite the Liberals 2015 promise not to do so?

I can be reached at [email protected] or call toll free 1-800-665-8711.

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Dan Albas, Conservative member of Parliament for the riding of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola, is the shadow minister of innovation, science, economic development and internal trade, and sits on the standing committee on finance.

Before entering public life, Dan was the owner of Kick City Martial Arts, responsible for training hundreds of men, women and youth to bring out their best.

In British Columbia, Dan has been consistently one of the lowest spending MPs on office and administration related costs despite operating two offices to better serve local constituents.

Dan is consistently recognized as one of Canada’s top 10 most active members of Parliament on Twitter (@danalbas) and continues to write a weekly column published in many local newspapers and on this website.

He can be reached at [email protected] or call toll free at 1-800-665-8711.



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