Week in Review: February 25 – March 1
Welcome to Elizabeth May’s parliamentary Week in Review! This weekly e-newsletter recaps her work in Parliament when the House is in session. Using the links below, you can watch videos of Elizabeth’s interventions in the House, keep up with her media releases, and read articles she has written.
This was an explosive week in Ottawa. As you have likely already heard, former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, the Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould testified at the House of Commons Justice Committee about the SNC-Lavalin affair. Wilson-Raybould’s testimony was powerful, courageous and was delivered with the utmost integrity. During this committee meeting, Elizabeth had the opportunity to ask questions about the Clerk of the Privy Council’s role in this affair.
In Question Period, the day after Wilson-Raybould’s testimony, Elizabeth called on the government to fire the Clerk of the Privy Council. The Clerk’s conduct in the SNC-Lavalin affair was an unprecedented breach of the non-partisan nature of this role. This political interference carried out by the Clerk has shaken Canadian’s faith in our institutions. Elizabeth participated in an Emergency Debate until past midnight on the SNC-Lavalin affair.
On Thursday, Elizabeth held a press conference calling out the Alberta government on their misleading ‘Keep Canada Working’ campaign. To learn more visit www.greenparty.ca/en/keep-canada-working. In the House of Commons Elizabeth pressed the government to fix the ‘gold diggers’ law and spoke about treating all prisoners with respect.
Last week Elizabeth delivered the annual Viscount Bennett Memorial Lecture at the University of New Brunswick. Her speech, 1.5° to Stay Alive – Honest Hope in Dangerous Times, focused on what we need to do as a global community to change course and avoid catastrophic climate change. This speech can be found here.
Parliament is on break for the next two weeks. Elizabeth will continue traveling across Canada as part of the Community Matters Tour visiting British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatewan and Manitoba.
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In the House of Commons:
Statements and Press Releases
In the News
(The Georgia Straight, Charlie Smith, March 1)
(Global News, Slav Kornik, February 28)
(Global News, February 28)
(Vancouver Sun, Nick Eagland, February 28)
(Global News, February 28)
(My PG Now, Ethan Ready, February 28)
(Kamloops Matters, Tereza Verenca, February 27)
(The Chronicle Herald, SaltWire Network,February 27)
(CTV News, Mary Nersessian, February 26)
TUNE IN: Sunday, March 3 to watch Elizabeth on CTV’s Question Period with Evan Solomon
Elizabeth presents petitions once the deadline for signatures has passed. After presentation in the House, the government has 45 calendar days to table a response.
You may read the governments’ responses to petitions Elizabeth has introduced here.
View and sign open e-petitions currently sponsored by Elizabeth here.
Learn about the e-petition process or create one of your own here.
Elizabeth May has introduced the following bills:
Bill S-203: This bill will outlaw the cruel practice of keeping whales, dolphins and porpoises in captivity.*
Bill C-387: This bill will establish a legislative framework for a national passenger rail service.
For a list of private members’ bills Elizabeth May has seconded, please visit elizabethmaymp.ca.
* Indicates that the bill is a Senate Public Bill
Green Party of Canada – Community Matters Tour
Starting in February Elizabeth will kick off a national tour starting with visiting communities across Eastern Canada in her role of Leader of the Green Party of Canada in advance of the 2019 federal election. What matters to you? How would you improve our democracy? What can we all do together to secure our future, for humanity, for the natural world?
Come share your priorities, concerns, and vision for Canada’s future at a Community Matters Town Hall near you.