Date: 2016/12/01 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Publications

Any day now, a postcard will arrive in your mailbox to invite you to participate in the single most important democratic reform in a generation: moving to ensure that in Canada “every vote counts.” Some will reply with sophistry – “every vote is counted now” – but anyone who looks at our majoritarian, winner-take-all voting ...

Date: 2016/10/24 -- Category/Categories: 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 ...

Date: 2016/10/18 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

How corrupt is the environmental review process? Or how is it that DFO, CEAA and NRCan decided that Petronas LNG was not a threat to the Skeena Salmon? I do not use the word ‘corrupt’ lightly. If not for a fairly random connection, I would merely be heart-broken at the environmental and climate atrocity wrapped ...

Date: 2016/10/03 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides, Kinder Morgan

The following is an excerpt from my submission to the Supplemental panel on Kinder Morgan: The KM project has not been reviewed by any regulatory body or agency to assess if it is in Canada’s economic interest. There is no information from any credible source to claim the project is in our economic interest. In ...

Date: 2016/09/17 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

In another stunning development in pipeline politics on September 9th, the three person panel of National Energy Board Commissioners stepped down, recusing themselves from the Energy East pipeline review.  Mike De Souza of the National Observer uncovered the fact that the panel members had met with former Quebec Premier Jean Charest, while he was paid ...

Date: 2016/09/03 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

The summer of 2016 was a record breaker. July was the hottest month ever recorded and 2016 is on track to be the hottest year ever recorded. The heat wave in the United States was described as a “heat dome.” California fires due to tinder dry conditions threatened communities. And while parts of North America ...

Date: 2016/07/25 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

It is not an experience that I talk about. The other day I had cause to think about August 1968 for the first time in a long time.  A reporter for the Canadian Press in Washington DC called me to ask about any parallels between the current us political scene, the unruly political convention season ...

Date: 2016/07/11 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

Over the last five years as a Member of Parliament, the month of June has typically been hellish. Under the Conservatives, it was typical to try to force through as much as possible, while making the opposition as miserable as possible, by sitting every night until midnight. This June was a decided improvement—only a few ...

Date: 2016/06/27 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

As a result of the omnibus budget bill, C-38, of spring 2012, Canadian environmental assessment has been converted from a predictable, professional process to a dog’s breakfast of wildly disparate review standards.  Projects caught in the pre-2012 thorough review process under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act get one standard of review. Those under the new ...

Date: 2016/06/22 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

It says a lot about Canada’s relations under the previous Conservative government that the annual meeting with our NAFTA partners was delayed by a year because the Conservatives didn’t think the meeting was worth having.   The corny slang of the “Three Amigos Summit” wasn’t working as “two amigos and the other guy.” I still find ...

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