8/9/2017 6:35:48 AM

Senator Bob Runciman is hanging up his hat when it comes to his senate duties. His last day on the job is today (Aug. 9th). He's chaired two committees over the almost eight years and says "It was a great honour to chair the Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee, which traditionally has been one of the busiest on Parliament Hill". During his time as Chair, the committee dealt with a number of significant pieces of legislation ? a rewriting of the law relating to prostitution, changes to the law governing accused who are found not criminally responsible due to mental illness, major changes to federal election law, the enactment of a federal victims' bill of rights, and the passage of a law to deal with physician-assisted suicide, along with dozens of other pieces of legislation. Runciman also sponsored 12 bills that went on to become law, including three of his own. Runciman said he has two big disappointments: the failure to move toward an elected Senate and the failure of his efforts to convince officials to provide appropriate treatment for inmates in the federal prison system who are suffering from serious mental illness. Runciman said he has not decided what comes next, but is adamant he is not retiring.

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