Date: 2019/03/13 -- Category/Categories: Blogs, Climate Change

March 13, 2019 Dear Constituent, The government has released a draft of its Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) for 2019-2022. The FSDS is updated every three years to fine-tune Canada’s sustainable development priorities, establish goals and targets, and identify actions to achieve them. Thirteen areas are covered under the Strategy, from infrastructure to clean energy, ...

Date: 2019/03/13 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Blogs, Climate Change

We are in a climate emergency and we are doing nothing substantive or effective to confront it. Within Parliament and media circles, we ignore the urgency of the climate crisis. Some Members of Parliament understand the grave nature of the threat. Some of us grasp that when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports ...

Date: 2019/02/22 -- Category/Categories: Blogs

The November 2015 appointment of Jody Wilson-Raybould as Canada’s Minister of Justice was a moment of genuine pride. As a Canadian, no matter that I lead an opposition party, I was so moved by the historic breakthrough. Wilson-Raybould had become the first Indigenous person to serve as Canada’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice. As ...

Date: 2018/12/14 -- Category/Categories: Bill S-203, Blogs, Private Members Bills

Dear Concerned Citizen, I am writing to you today to draw your attention to an important piece of legislation currently in the House of Commons, Bill S-203, the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act (also known as the Free Willy Bill). This groundbreaking bill has received support from the majority of parties in ...

Date: 2018/12/12 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Blogs, COP 24

When I was in my twenties, and living in a one room log cabin in Cape Breton with my parents and brother, we heated with an old stove, called a “Warm Morning.” It burned coal. Cape Breton was then a coal mining area and we lived not far from the mine in Inverness. We got ...

Date: 2018/12/12 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Blogs, Climate Change

A few decades ago, the department now known as Natural Resources Canada was called Energy, Mines, and Resources. The department had robust analysis and did work on our energy sector, as well as mines, and substantial research and science and policy innovation in forestry. Under Stephen Harper, the slaying of the Canadian Forest Service was ...

Date: 2018/11/19 -- Category/Categories: Blogs

The problem of regulators becoming captive of the regulated is not a new concept.  Kevin Taft, former Alberta Liberal leader, wrote about it in his book Oil’s Deep State. I see it all around us – in the National Energy Board approach to pipelines, in the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s unwillingness to return to proper ...

Date: 2018/10/23 -- Category/Categories: Blogs, News, Publications, TPP

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Date: 2018/03/26 -- Category/Categories: Blogs, Environmental Assessment, Kinder Morgan, News

Hello, Thank you for writing regarding my recent arrest at the Kinder Morgan worksite. I appreciate having a chance to explain why I chose to take this controversial step in opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. I apologize for the delay in responding. It was not my intention to cause offense by my ...

Date: 2017/06/07 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Blogs, Publications

Elizabeth May June 7, 2017 Originally published in the Hill Times, here. Let’s get the obvious out of the way: the Trudeau administration is better than the Conservatives under Stephen Harper on environmental policy. But that does not mean they get a free ride, especially when our children’s future is at stake. The climate promises ...

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