Date: 2015/03/26 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

When I was first elected, the consensus among parliamentary observers was that I would never be heard from again. One MP, so it was said, cannot do anything in Parliament. Fortunately, I did not accept the accepted wisdom. I firmly believe in the essential role of Parliament as the living, breathing expression of our democracy. ...

Date: 2015/03/19 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Bill C-51

The reaction to Bill C-51 has been widespread and the opposition is growing. While its short title is the “Anti-Terrorism Act,” it is both more and less than that. It is less than “anti-terrorism” because it is likely to make us less safe. The act gives new powers to CSIS to act in Canada and ...

Date: 2015/03/19 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

Globally, nations are engaging, with varying degrees of enthusiasm and ambition, in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the deadline negotiations set for December 2015 in Paris. It will be the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21); the deadline for a workable comprehensive treaty. Deadlines have come and gone. We had ...

Date: 2015/03/09 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

Last spring when the U.S. State Department Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Keystone XL was released, it was heralded by project boosters as the green light to approval. It was actually more of a flashing yellow. The EIS was dense and lengthy. It was a policy wonkish document. When the NEB report on Enbridge ...

Date: 2015/02/23 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, News

Green economic principles are pragmatic. Thanks to the influence of Green parties around the world, these core principles have been tested. They work. Central to our policies is understanding that there is no conflict between environment and economy. A smart economy is one that is resilient. A smart economy is diversified, less vulnerable to global ...

Date: 2015/02/09 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Bill C-51

I remember the events of October 22. While I was in lock-down on Parliament Hill, I remember who hid in a closet and who ran toward gun fire. The guy in the closet is now planning to concentrate the powers of the state in his own hands while converting the Canadian spy agency into a ...

Date: 2015/02/05 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

Stephen Harper’s fiscal strategy is being undermined by an economic nightmare. This one isn’t coming out of the eurozone or the United States. No, this time it’s the prime minister’s own policies that are the nightmare. True, Canada rode out the 2008 financial meltdown better than most. Our prime minister was quick to take credit ...

Date: 2015/01/19 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, News

It’s crunch time. The science of the climate crisis is clear. We are running out of time to reduce global emissions. This year Canadian policymakers must accomplish two goals – ensure Canada adopts a meaningful plan to cut carbon pollution while also preparing for the upcoming critical negotiations for a new global treaty. I learned ...

Date: 2015/01/06 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, News

Few see it now, but that is the way the media will cover the next federal election campaign — after it is over. Dismiss it as wishful thinking, but no national media coverage anticipated that I would win a federal seat in Saanich-Gulf Islands, nor that Dr. Andrew Weaver would win a provincial one in ...

Date: 2014/12/17 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, COP20, News

Walking through the streets of Lima on Wednesday in that nation’s largest-ever march for climate action, I turned to a friend and said: “If you had told me when I started working on this issue in 1986 that I would still be in climate marches when I was 60 and that Canada would be ramping ...

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