On April 7, MP Ramesh Sangha introduced Bill C-344, a private member’s bill that would authorize the Minister of Public Works to require an explanation of anticipated community benefits when bids are submitted for federal infrastructure projects. Similar legislation (Bill C-227) had previously passed second reading and committee stage in the House, but had to be dropped from consideration when its sponsor, the Hon. Ahmed Hussen, was named to cabinet.
Transcript of the Motion
"Mr. Speaker, I am absolutely honoured to stand in the House, with the support of the member for Don Valley North, to introduce my first private member's bill, the community benefit act, or CBA, regarding the federal investment in infrastructure.
"The CBA is the modern way of giving power to communities. This will benefit not only my riding of Brampton Centre but ridings across Canada. My bill will define what community benefits are and how government can collaborate with communities to obtain maximum benefits. The CBA will provide for community participation so they can achieve their fair share of the federal government's spending. The CBA will ensure reliable growth and meaningful employment while fostering a healthier environment."