Originally published on the DaninOttawa.com site on June 6, 2012.
Wednesday’s are always busy days in Ottawa. First thing in the morning we regionally meet as a Provincial caucus and afterwards we all gather as a National Caucus, usually until noon. Directly after lunch the House of Commons resumes sitting with the usual daily events that include statements by members, questions period followed up by debate and then private members business. For me and for wine lovers across Canada and more so the Canadian wine industry, Private Members Business this evening will potentially have special meaning on account of a recorded division on my Bill to “Free the Grapes”; should the Bill pass this evening it will amend over 80 years of frustration for the Canadian wine industry.
I am also hopeful that many of the Provinces (including B.C.) that currently have no personal exemption policy on account of the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act (IILA for short and is the statute my bill seeks to amend). My legislation will quickly introduce an exemption that will help get wine flowing across inter Provincial borders in the very near future. I will certainly provide an update on these developments as they occur.
If there is good news to be had this evening with a vote in support of sending Bill C-311 to the Canadian Senate, it will be relatively short-lived as soon after the House will begin voting on a series of proposed amendments for other Bills that could have us voting again late into the night. Unless there is an agreement to change the time of tonight's votes (they traditionally start after 10:00 PM, a practice heralding back to the days of Sir John A. MacDonald). As it stands currently today is looking like an up to sixteen hour or more day. That being said, I see tonight as a very promising night for my riding of Okanagan-Coquihalla and British Columbia so bring on the debate and the votes!
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