Exclusive: Elizabeth May on climate change, electoral, political, and monetary reform, sexual assault and much more

On Saturday, February 27th, 2016 in COP 21, In the News

...onsequence crossing the Canadian social, political, or environmental radar, there is no one more engaging or salubrious to speak with than Elizabeth May. I caught up with her while she was in Halifax to speak about democratic reform at the Schulich School of Law at her former alma mater, Dalhousie University. Paris Climate Change Convention Christopher G. Majka: You attended COP-21 the 2015 Paris Climate Conference. In the aftermath of the confer... ...

Underscoring the importance of electoral reform and significance of the Special Committee’s report

On Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 in Committees, Debate, Parliament

Elizabeth May Madam Speaker, I am so proud to participate in today’s very important debate. I am also very proud of our report, the Special Committee on Electoral Reform’s report entitled “Strengthening Democracy in Canada: Principles, Processes and Public Engagement for Electoral Reform”. We worked very hard on this report. There were 12 of us, and our approach and the spirit our our discussions throughout was very collegial. We w... ...

Parliament: Question on Electoral Reform during Adjournment Proceedings

On Thursday, February 9th, 2017 in Adjournment Proceedings, Debate, Parliament

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise in adjournment proceedings this evening to return to a question I originally asked on February 1. The House will recall, because we have spent today discussing the subject of electoral reform, that it was on February 1 that the Prime Minister changed the mandate letter to the hon. Minister of Democratic Institutions. I put to the Prime Minister this question. “Within 18 months of forming governm... ...

Elizabeth May: Debate on Electoral Reform and MyDemocracy.ca

On Thursday, December 8th, 2016 in Debate, Parliament

...Bloc and I worked together as a family, like a real team. We were willing to work hard in the interest of real democracy in Canada, and not in the interest of our party or to make political gains. It is clear that electoral reform is a complicated issue, but at its essence it is about making democracy work for Canadians. Our goal in finding our values was to set aside our partisanship and to say, okay, what do voters want? This is the fundament... ...

Update on Electoral Reform – Disappointment in Parliament

On Thursday, June 1st, 2017 in Blogs, Issues, Letters, Parliament

Dear Friends and Supporters of Electoral Reform, A disappointment in Parliament on Wednesday, when the Liberals used their majority to defeat a motion to accept recommendations from the Special Committee on Electoral Reform. It was a slim majority in a vote of 159-146, with two courageous Liberal MPs Nathaniel Eskine-Smith and Sean Casey voting with integrity and expressing the will of their constituents by voting in favour of the motion. All Bl... ...

Trudeau’s big test – will electoral reform be real?

On Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 in Articles by Elizabeth

It is the boldest reform, wrapped in an unequivocal promise: 2015 will be the last election held under the first-past-the-post (FPTP) voting system. It was part of the Liberal platform and was confirmed in the Speech from the Throne. The NDP also promised‎ to get rid of FPTP, as did the Green Party. So while FPTP delivered, once again, a “false majority” — a majority for the Liberals with 39 per cent of the popular vote — nearly 65 p... ...

Parliament: Speech on the Government’s Commitments Regarding Electoral Reform

On Thursday, February 9th, 2017 in Parliament, Speeches

..., the member for Perth—Wellington. I am delighted that he decided to share his speaking time with me. I would also like to thank the member for Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie, who was a member of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform. We have been working together for several months, and we are working very hard. Today’s debate is on the following motion: That, in the opinion of the House, the government misled Canadians on its platform a... ...

May: Electoral reform committee has set records for public consultation – let’s not throw that away

On Monday, October 24th, 2016 in Articles by Elizabeth

Ever since the Special Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reform was created in June, we have had a designation in the House of Commons emails and online presence as ERRE: “Electoral Reform-Réforme Electorale.” It generally ends up sounding like ERRRRR, although some have tried in vain to twist it into “eerie.” We are hardly the first group of Canadian parliamentarians to have been tasked with examining our “winner-take-all” voting system to c... ...

Press Conference: Elizabeth marks first anniversary of broken promise on electoral reform

On Thursday, February 1st, 2018 in Democracy, Press Conferences

abeth May. “At a time of growing cynicism towards our political system — particularly among youth — the Liberal government dashed the hopes of millions of Canadians by rejecting overwhelming evidence of the need for electoral reform. The current system that gives a party with less than 40% of the vote 100% of the power is undemocratic and must be replaced by a proportional system. “In 2015, the candidate Justin Trudeau made the promise of e... ...

Elizabeth May’s Week in Review – June 2, 2017

On Friday, June 2nd, 2017 in News, Publications, Week in Review, Week in Review

...tensive, and now often late-night, work from May 29, 2017 to June 2, 2017.   Key Moments in the House Question Period - Asking the Minister of Democratic Institutions to keep the conversation going on electoral reform - Asking the government to step up in the wake of President Trump’s announcement on the Paris Agreement Debate - Fact-checking supporting arguments for the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion  -  Bill C-45 – Raising conc... ...

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