Committee Work

Part of the role of an MP is to sit on committees that study particular policy areas. The committees hold government to account, scrutinise proposed legislation and launch inquiries into relevant issues. I am a member of two such committees; The House of Commons Standing committee on the Status of Women (FEWO) and the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities (TRAN).
Sean currently sits on the following committees:

Standing Committee on the Status of Women (FEWO)
The House of Commons standing committee on the Status of Women (FEWO),  focuses on issues and policies that affect women. In that role, it scrutinizes how federal expenditure, governmental policy and legislation affects women, as well as studying pertinent social issues concerning women, and the federal government’s role in those areas. This covers a broad range of issues and policy concerns, from pay equity to domestic violence. To find out more about FEWO and the important work that it performs check out its website Click here.

Current Work
FEWO is currently conducting an inquiry into Violence Against Young Women and Girls in Canada. Far too many young vulnerable women and girls are subject to horrific abuse and violence. This study is hearing from a diverse range of witnesses, from police forces, to parents groups, to the charity sector and more. The full list of witnesses and briefs received by the committee can be found here and I am grateful to all witnesses who gave their time to share their perspective of the problems and possible solutions.

I would like to thank Carole Todd and Leah Parsons, the mothers of Amanda Todd and Rehtaeh Parsons, two young women who took their own lives as a result of cyber bullying, whose testimony at the committee can be found here. Warning: This testimony may be disturbing to some readers.

I am also grateful for the insight provided by Lucille Harper, Executive Director of the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre and Sexual Assault Services Association whose testimony can be found here as well as Cathy Grant and Harvey Bale from the Pictou County-based New Leaf program whose testimony can be found here.


Transport, Infrastructure and Communities (TRAN)
The House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities (TRAN) focuses on transport-based issues from transport safety to railway competitiveness. TRAN scrutinizes federal legislation and expenditure related to transport and conducts inquiries into relevant issues facing Canadian transport, infrastructure and communities. To find out more about TRAN and the important work that it performs check out its website here.

Current Work
TRAN is currently scrutinizing C-227 a proposed law concerning the public community benefits of federal construction projects, which you can learn more about here.

Also on the agenda are reviews of the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers act (find out more here), and the Navigation Protection Act (learn more here)  

And finally, the committee is also engaged on a study on the regulation of unmanned aerial vehicles (commonly known as drones) and I am grateful for the testimony of Nova Scotian David Fraser on this issue.

Transport and infrastructure, and their impact on communities are vital subjects that affect all Canadians. Being on the TRAN committee provides an important opportunity to ensure that the best possible outcomes are created for Canada.