Battlefords-Lloydminster member of Parliament Rosemarie Falk. JESSICA DEMPSEY LLS PHOTO
Battlefords-Lloydminster member of Parliament Rosemarie Falk is back in her constituency for the summer. She held a summer office open house this week for people to have a tour, drop by for a conversation, and more.
Not only is the sitting period done, it also marked since months since being elected as MP in the December byelection.
“I think the session went great,” said Falk.
“It was a lot of learning and learning procedure. It’s interesting coming in at a byelection too because everybody is gelled. Even with committees and work they are doing, so it was about finding the gel where I fit.”
During her first session, Falk noted there were lots of opportunities for her to debate.
“Our leader is great in the sense of giving people the opportunity to speak and really finding what their talents are and letting them excel in that,” she said, adding in the last four weeks the House of Commons sat till midnight.
Falk said there have been many highlights for her in the first sitting session. She is a member of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.
“We just finished up a study on experiential learning with youth, which was really interesting especially with being in Lloydminster where we have a lot of trades,” she explained.
She also worked on Bill C-65 with the committee, an Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (harassment and violence).
“It was super cool to be part of the process so early because that came in March, so I was just there a month, and some of my amendment that the Liberals actual let pass. So, it was super cool I had the opportunity to impact law, especially on such an important topic,” Falk said.
Other highlights for Falk include being able to practise her skills within the House of Commons.
As for the fall session, Falk said she continues to be against the carbon tax and will continue to bring local issues to Ottawa.
“We know 81 per cent more of the middle class is paying more taxes than before, so standing up for the taxpayer and making sure they have jobs. We see this in Lloydminster, so many people just want to work, and they will have two to three jobs if they can because they want to contribute to society,” said Falk.
Falk will be back in the House of Commons for the next sitting period in mid-September.