Date: 2017/12/15 -- Category/Categories: Debate, Parliament

Elizabeth May Mr. Speaker, I have some of the same concerns that my hon. colleague from Esquimalt—Saanich—Sooke has raised, and I am sure the member is familiar with these criticisms, which I will put to him. Gary Kinsman, for instance, a professor emeritus of sociology from Laurentian University, as a historian, noted that the bill ...

Date: 2017/12/15 -- Category/Categories: Debate, Parliament

Elizabeth May Mr. Speaker, I find this legislation remarkably inconsequential. I am torn about how I should vote on it quite honestly. I really do have a philosophical problem with the idea that we do better in attracting people when we pay more. I frankly think every minister and every member of Parliament should be ...

Date: 2017/12/12 -- Category/Categories: Debate, Parliament

Elizabeth May Mr. Speaker, I agree with my friend that the bill is moving forward and removing things that are archaic. I wonder why, though, we have not dealt with something called the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act from the last Parliament which made illegal things that are already illegal, like killing someone ...

Date: 2017/12/08 -- Category/Categories: Debate, Parliament

Elizabeth May Madam Speaker, I thank my colleague from Terrebonne. I am absolutely in favour of this bill. The process for a bill such as this affords me my only opportunity in the House to speak at second reading stage. It is clear that public funding is the best way to finance political parties. It ...

Date: 2017/12/08 -- Category/Categories: Debate, Parliament

Elizabeth May Madam Speaker, the last exchange reminded me so much of a previous Parliament, when I asked the Conservative government, when it was adding 30 new MPs to our ranks, if it would not make sense to reduce, pro rata, all the salaries of MPs across the board so that the overall budget for ...

Date: 2017/12/06 -- Category/Categories: Debate, Parliament

Elizabeth May Mr. Speaker, I do regret that the hon. President of the Treasury Board has taken so long with his answers when we opposition members are restricted to a finite 30 minutes to complain about the fact that our debate on this very important access to information bill will be restricted. I want to ...

Date: 2017/12/05 -- Category/Categories: Debate, Parliament

Elizabeth May Mr. Speaker, it would absolutely astonish me if the Canadian branches of the Five Eyes—CSIS, the RCMP, and so on—were not keeping anyone associated with overseas engagement in ISIS activities under very close watch and surveillance. However, there is an opportunity here that we ought to talk about, and that is that these ...

Date: 2017/12/05 -- Category/Categories: Debate, Parliament

Elizabeth May Madam Speaker, for the Canadian parents of Kevin, there is nothing one can say to ease their pain and their loss. However, I think we do ourselves a disservice to direct that anger to the settlement with Omar Khadr. I do not think I have heard any other member of Parliament talk about ...

Date: 2017/12/01 -- Category/Categories: Debate, Parliament

Elizabeth May Mr. Speaker, quite often a report, even a unanimous one by a standing committee in this place, can go by without a chance to for us to discuss and debate it in the House. I re-emphasize and agree entirely that the immigration consultant industry is long overdue for regulation. Within my riding of ...

Date: 2017/12/01 -- Category/Categories: Debate, Parliament

Elizabeth May Mr. Speaker, in the course of Bill S-3, the conversations I had with the hon. minister in this place in June and the attempts to remove all vestiges of historic gender-based discrimination have now come to a good place. The new and expanded role of a Senate with independent senators and indeed the ...

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