Date: 2018/06/15 -- Category/Categories: Debate, Parliament

Elizabeth May Madam Speaker, as I was listening to the debate here today, a bulletin just came through on my computer about a new, disturbing report that the west Antarctic ice sheet is melting three times faster than it was the last time it was checked. When sea ice melts, it does not affect the ...

Date: 2018/06/15 -- Category/Categories: Debate, Parliament

Elizabeth May Madam Speaker, I try to be as fair-minded as possible in this place. I would not have constructed the carbon tax the way it has been constructed. However, it is incontrovertible that the best evidence from around the world, from established agencies like the International Monetary Fund, the International Energy Agency, and the ...

Date: 2018/06/15 -- Category/Categories: Debate, Parliament

Elizabeth May Mr. Speaker, as this is my first moment to take the floor this morning, I want to make it clear that I would have no trouble with this opposition motion if it was restricted to points (a), (b), (c)(ii), c(iii), and (d). As is often the case with opposition motions in this place, ...

Date: 2018/06/15 -- Category/Categories: Debate, Parliament

Elizabeth May Mr. Speaker, the hon. member for Carleton’s last comments are so reminiscent of the 2011 position of the Conservative Party regarding pipelines. Members of this place may have forgotten, but in 2011, under former prime minister Stephen Harper, the Conservative Party opposed pipelines to British Columbia on the grounds that it would be ...

Date: 2018/06/15 -- Category/Categories: Debate, Parliament

Elizabeth May Madam Speaker, I recognize that for both ministers this is a very difficult bill. Overall, I certainly support Bill C-45. In general, it strikes the right balance. However, I am disappointed that some of the Senate amendments have been rejected, and I wonder if the minister would reconsider. I tried similar amendments when ...

Date: 2018/06/15 -- Category/Categories: Debate, Parliament

Elizabeth May Madam Speaker, I have looked up the mandate letter the Minister of Natural Resources received, dated November 12. It says that in relation to environmental assessment and working with the environment minister, he is to “restore robust oversight and thorough environmental assessments of areas under federal jurisdiction”. I want to highlight that part, ...

Date: 2018/06/15 -- Category/Categories: Debate, Environmental Assessment, Parliament

Elizabeth May Madam Speaker, I want to return to this issue. It is obviously controversial in this chamber. Why is it that big oil has been exiting the oil sands? There is no question it has been. There is Marathon, Total, Statoil, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, and Imperial Oil. I want to read the hon. member two ...

Date: 2018/06/15 -- Category/Categories: Debate, Environmental Assessment, Parliament

Elizabeth May Madam Speaker, in the past I practised environmental law for a while and I have worked in the environmental field for a long time and I am quite familiar with laws in other countries. It is unlikely that the hon. member will take my word for it, but Canada does not have the ...

Date: 2018/06/15 -- Category/Categories: Debate, Environmental Assessment, Parliament

Elizabeth May Mr. Speaker, I suppose we agree that the bill is flawed, but I want to correct a few things. There were at least two opposition amendments accepted. I still cannot vote for Bill C-69, but I want to make sure that people know that, on the recommendation of Professor Martin Olszynski, who was ...

Date: 2018/06/15 -- Category/Categories: Debate, Environmental Assessment, Parliament

Elizabeth May Mr. Speaker, it was one of my great fears when the first draft consultation paper was put out about repairing the damage and restoring the original Navigable Waters Protection Act that it looked as though we might just hold to a schedule only. I was very gratified to find the definition had changed ...

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