Green Caucus Week in Review 11/16 – 20

by Elizabeth May | November 20, 2020 5:46 pm

Week in Review: Nov 16 - 20 (le français suit)

This week began with a press conference held by Green Party Leader Annamie Paul to illustrate the Green Party’s expectations for the Government’s long-awaited Climate Accountability legislation, Bill C-12, tabled Thursday.

On Tuesday, Elizabeth and Paul engaged in extensive debate on an opposition motion tabled by the Conservative Party. The motion concerned Huawei’s involvement in Canada’s 5G rollout, and a plan to control China’s growing influence in the Canadian economy. Elizabeth reminded her Conservative colleagues that the Harper-era Canada-China Foreign Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement (FIPA) prevents Canada from putting any significant restrictions on state-owned Chinese companies that would impede their ability to make profit in our country. She asked the government to commit to studying Canada’s obligations under the FIPA, and asked her colleagues to familiarize themselves with the legislation, while Paul recommended that MPs summon expert testimony on the Canada-China FIPA in committee.

On Wednesday, Paul introduced his first Private Member’s Bill on transparency in trade agreements. As the critic for foreign affairs and international trade, Paul defended the public’s right to know how their government is negotiating with other countries. Recently Paul Manly was recognized as a particularly progressive MP by the Canadian Dimension in this article.

In a statement, Jenica addressed alarming rates of homelessness among veterans, and urged the Minister of Veterans Affairs to increase financial support. She also spoke again about her successful amendments to Bill C-3.

Again, this week, all three Green MPs engaged in debate during adjournment proceedings. Adjournment Proceedings allows an MP a more detailed follow-up from the government to a question previously posed during Question Period. Elizabeth demanded that the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard explain why they granted the US Navy permission to test underwater missiles in shared waters off the Pacific North West, and asked the government to press the new President Elect of the United States to reverse this decision. Jenica challenged the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration to commit to an immigration strategy that will strengthen francophone culture in Canada. Paul asked the government to look to other countries for ideas to prevent freighters from anchoring in the Salish Sea.

On Friday, the Green Caucus requested an emergency debate on the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter to the speaker, the caucus cited an assertion from Canada’s Chief Medical Officer of Health that Canada could reach 10,000 daily cases within the month, and that while the government focusses on legislation pertaining to other important topics in the House, Canadians remain concerned about the government’s response to the pandemic. The emergency debate was not granted.

This week, Elizabeth participated in a cross-party discussion hosted by the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute and The Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Coalition of Toronto. The panel discussed Canada’s failure to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.


Key Moments

Question Period and Member’s Statements

Press Conferences and Media Releases

In Their Own Words​ / Media

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