On Friday, June 6, 2014, MP Bryan Hayes rose in the House of Commons to lead the first hour of a very important debate on Motion 504, which was tabled on the Order Paper in April 2012. The motion, sponsored by MP Hayes is as follows:
That the Standing Committee on the Status of Women be instructed to undertake a study on the subject of best practices in education and social programs in Canada that prevent violence against women, and report its findings to the House within one year of the study’s initiation.
A Private Member`s motion allows individual Members of Parliament who are not Ministers or Parliamentary Secretaries to give a direction to committees and as such, are considered orders of Parliament once adopted by the House of Commons.
MP Hayes commented on the motion, stating: “I am hopeful that providing direction to the Standing Committee on the Status of Women through M-504 will result in not only identifying best practices that prevent violence against women but also the development of an implementation plan in partnership with the agencies best suited to deliver those services.”
M-504 was supported through debate by caucus colleagues Susan Truppe, Member of Parliament for London North-Centre and Dan Albas, Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla, and was debated by opposition MP`s Niki Ashton, Member of Parliament for Churchill (NDP) and Mr. Francis Scarpaleggia, Member of Parliament for Lac-Saint-Louis (Liberal).
“I would like to thank my colleagues for their participation in the debate of this important motion,” said Hayes. “Domestic violence is a heartbreaking tragedy for victims and the overwhelming statistics in Canada dictate that something must be done to prevent it. I am very optimistic moving forward that all parties will unanimously support my motion and I look forward continuing the debate in the fall, ” concluded Hayes.