Elizabeth May’s submission to the National Security Consultation

On Friday, November 25th, 2016 in Publications, Uncategorized

Elizabeth May has submitted a brief to the Minister of Public Safety outlining her concerns with Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act, enacted under the previous administration. The text of her submission is available below; or, as a PDF download here. Submission in Response to “Our Security, Our Rights: National security Green Paper, 2016” To: The Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security From: Elizabeth May, O.C. Member of Parliam... ...

Elizabeth May and Bruce Hyer announce 60 amendments to Bill C-51

On Monday, March 30th, 2015 in Press Releases

OTTAWA – Elizabeth May, Green Party Leader and Member of Parliament for Saanich – Gulf Islands, along with Deputy Leader Bruce Hyer, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay – Superior North, announced their amendments to Bill C-51 at a press conference this morning. Ms. May and Mr. Hyer, who have been vocal critics, will table 60 amendments during clause-by- clause consideration of the bill. “While there is no way to fix this deeply flawed bill,... ...

C-51 is enough of an improvement that I am going to vote for it

On Friday, June 8th, 2018 in Parliament, Speeches

Elizabeth May Mr. Speaker, I find myself surprised to have a speaking spot tonight. For that I want to thank the New Democratic Party. We do not agree about this bill, but it was a generous gesture to allow me to speak to it. I have been very engaged in the issue of anti-terrorism legislation for many years. I followed it when, under Prime Minister Chrétien, the anti-terrorism legislation went through this place immediately after 9/11. Althoug... ...

Adjournment Proceedings – Public Safety (Bill C-51)

On Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 in Adjournment Proceedings

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I rise on adjournment proceedings to pursue a question I asked the Prime Minister on February 18. The response came from the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. The response was not responsive. On February 18, having been opposing Bill C-51 in this place since February 2, I welcomed with open arms the decision of the official opposition to join me in opposing this quite terrible piece of legislatio... ...

Repealing C-51 – an essential step in public safety and security

On Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 in Articles by Elizabeth

It is one of the stickier aspects of former PM Stephen Harper’s omnibus strategy.  Bills rammed through parliament as omnibus bills are harder to repeal and reform than stand-alone legislation. In fact, omnibus bills cannot be repealed.  After passage, the seventy laws gutted, repealed and replaced in Bill C-38 – the eco-disaster omnibus budget bill of spring 2012, can only be fixed by going back to each individual law and repairing it.  Similar... ...

C-51 and what it does

On Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 in Householders

The new bill, C-51, is described by the government as an anti-terrorism act. Having studied it, I cannot agree that it is primarily addressing the threat of terrorism. Acts of terrorism are a threat. They are criminal acts of horrific cruelty and sadism. Luring of disenfranchised, disenchanted, alienated Canadians into their barbaric crusade must be addressed, but the new bill, C-51, is not primarily an anti-terrorism law. And legal experts are... ...

Safer Witnesses Act (Bill C-51)

On Thursday, May 30th, 2013 in Debate

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, my hon. friend gave an excellent review on Bill C-51. From what I can see, the House is unanimous in planning to pass the bill. However, it is important to point out where we could, without a doubt, see a lack of adequate resources. I have been surprised to see cuts to Canada Border Services Agency, when we need law enforcement agents there. I have been surprised to see RCMP officers pulled out of airports, such as th... ...

Safer Witnesses Act (Bill C-51)

On Thursday, May 30th, 2013 in Debate

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, people have been beating up a bit on the member for Ottawa South for suggesting we were wasting time and money debating. Nothing is ever a complete waste. There is always some benefit in having debate, even though we all agree that Bill C-51 should pass and we all support the protection of witnesses. I want to clarify for the member for Brampton West that my own reasons for raising this earlier tonight had nothing to... ...

Amendments to Bill C-38

On Saturday, June 9th, 2012 in Uncategorized

Motion No. 6 — June 8, 2012 — Ms. May (Saanich-Gulf Islands) — That Bill C-38, in Clause 7, be amended by replacing lines 1 to 5 on page 7 with the following: ““political activity” means the making of a gift by a donor to a qualified donee for the purpose of allowing the donor to maintain a level of funding of political activities that is less than 10% of its income for a taxation year by delegating the carrying out of political activities to th... ...

Safer Witnesses Act (Bill C-51)

On Thursday, May 30th, 2013 in Debate

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, as this is not a discussion on Bill C-51 but on yet another time allocation, I have been doing research. I cannot find any time in the history of the Parliament of Canada when time allocation was used as it was this week, twice in one day. The government is setting a new record, not only for time allocation in general but for the number of times in one week that time allocation has been used on bills in the history of... ...

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