Scrutiny of Regulations Committee Assignment
For Immediate Release
Calgary MP Tom Kmiec Tapped to Hold Government Accountable
Calgary Shepard MP named to Joint Standing Committee for Scrutiny of Regulations
Calgary — January 30, 2016 — Yesterday, Calgary’s Tom Kmiec was appointed by the House of Commons as one of four opposition members on the Standing Joint Committee for Scrutiny of Regulations. Despite a strong liberal showing nationally, Tom achieved the highest vote count in Calgary and the 6th highest in all of Canada.
Kmiec said of his appointment, “This is where the real work of Parliament is done. Calgarians want a work horse – not a show horse. I look forward to working hard alongside my colleagues from all parties.”
He is a past manager of policy and research with the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and the past registrar for the human resources profession in the province of Alberta. In the latter role, Kmiec developed the first Alberta Human Resources Trends survey that provided labour market information from HR professionals across the province of Alberta. He has also served as an advisor to provincial and federal ministers.
This experience with the real-world implications of government policy and past experience as a ministerial staff member is expected to be an advantage on the committee exercising oversight with regard to the legality and proper procedure of executive regulations. The joint committee (meaning that it has members and a chair from both the House of Commons and the Senate) was established to oversee “statutory instruments”, including the drafting, enactment and use of executive regulations that the government must enact to carry out an Act of Parliament. In this 42nd Parliament those members also include Harold Albrecht (Kitchener-Conestoga), John Brassard (Barrie-Innisfil), and Garnett Genuis (Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan) from the Conservative Caucus.
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