THE Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Peter Van Loan, and the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental, Denis Lebel, outlined the federal government’s legislative accomplishments in 2013.

“We have concluded our most productive year on record,” said Van Loan. “Later today 40 bills will have received Royal Assent this year, delivering real results for Canadians by strengthening our economy, creating jobs and supporting families.”

This year’s budget, Economic Action Plan 2013 contained specific measures to create jobs for Canadians. The Government passed Bill C-4, the Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, No. 2, including measures which will:

* expand the hiring credit for small business, which will benefit an estimated 560,000 employers;

* freeze employment insurance premium rates

* close tax loopholes and take action on tax evasion;

* improve the temporary foreign worker program; and

* modernize the student loans program.

“Not only have we implemented the job-creating measures of Economic Action Plan 2013, but we have continued to build on our record that has seen the creation of over one million net new jobs since the economic down turn,” said Lebel.

With a total of 40 bills becoming law this year, the Harper Government has set a new record for itself, passing more bills than in any other calendar year since taking office. The government also made progress on bills that will meet its Throne Speech commitments. These include bills that:

* combat harmful online harassment and exploitation;

* protect Canadians from unsafe drugs;

* support injured veterans with priority consideration for public service jobs;

* stand up for victims of crime;

* grant greater decision-making powers to the Northwest Territories; and

* make our prisons safer for our correctional officers.

In addition to the government’s legislative measures, the House of Commons has adopted many private Members’ bills and motions. In fact, this Parliament, has seen a record number of substantive private Members’ bills become law. Already, 19 have achieved royal assent on subjects ranging from tackling crime to removing interprovincial trade barriers.

“On top of everything we have accomplished, this year in Parliament has also been marked by an unprecedented level of individual Members of Parliament bringing forward and passing ideas which are very important to them and their constituents,” said Van Loan. “Even as reflect on our success today, we are preparing to do more for the economy, keeping communities safe, and building a stronger Canada.”