Robofraud Backgrounder

On Thursday, December 13th, 2012 in Backgrounder

...made. March, 2012: Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand told a parliamentary committee that the agency was investigating 800 complaints about calls which provided false information about polling locations or were harassing in nature. March, 2012: CBC TV reported that voters in 31 ridings had revealed to Conservative Party candidates that they would not be voting Conservative before they received misleading calls. March, 2012: Applications were fi... ...

Clarifiying the deliberately confusing Bill C-38

On Thursday, May 10th, 2012 in Blogs

...e open-ended. Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act – This legislation, which required government accountability and results reporting on climate change policies, is being repealed. Fisheries Act – Fish habitat provisions will be changed to protect only fish of “commercial, Aboriginal, and recreational” value and even those habitat protections are weakened. The new provisions create an incentive to drain a lake and kill all the fish, if not in a fish... ...

Points of Order – Bill C-38

On Monday, June 4th, 2012 in Points of Order

...ures in an omnibus budget bill and the budget itself. If the link is not there, the legislation fails to meet the test of an omnibus bill. The failure of opposition parties in recent years to adequately challenge the creeping nature of omnibus budget bills cannot in itself create precedents. The silence of opposition parties and therefore of the Speaker does not create affirmative approval of the so-called omnibus budget bills of 2009 and 2010. I... ...

Elizabeth May’s submission to the National Security Consultation

On Friday, November 25th, 2016 in Publications, Uncategorized

...vice (CSIS) warrants comply with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms” This commitment may mislead the average citizen into thinking the Liberal government is serious about redressing the egregious and anti-democratic nature of C-51.  But the commitment presumes that CSIS agents will be going about seeking warrants.  It anticipates and pre-judges the future role of CSIS. The elephant in the room is ignored:  Was the previous government ju... ...

Letter to the Speaker of House of Commons asking for an emergency debate on FIPA

On Monday, October 29th, 2012 in Letters

...r debate is solely in the hands of the Opposition Parties, or rather with the two out of four Opposition Parties in the House with the right to utilize Opposition Days. To take aim at this presumption, let me first review the nature of this treaty and of the approval process. As a matter of international treaty making, and in the absence of any necessity for implementing legislation (as is the case with this treaty), it is true that it is possibl... ...

Emergency climate declaration debate: “This is an emergency, and we must work together”

On Monday, June 17th, 2019 in Climate Change, Debate, Democracy, Issues, Parliament

...ntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned us in October last year must be done, which is approximately doubling current efforts. Sean Fraser: Mr. Speaker, with respect, I do not think that we are seeking to ignore the nature of the emergency that we are declaring by virtue of this motion. In fact, we tried to use broad-based language that removed most of the politics from it by avoiding discussions of our specific efforts in the hope that... ...

Amendments to Bill C-38

On Saturday, June 9th, 2012 in Uncategorized

...Bill C-38, in Clause 83, be amended by replacing lines 6 and 7 on page 107 with the following: “53. (1) If, after the Board has submitted its report under section 52, any of the considerations set out in subsection 52(2) have changed in respect of the application and approval of the application is no longer deemed to be in the public interest, then the Governor in” Motion No. 188 — June 8, 2012 — Ms. May (Saanich-Gulf Islands) — That Bill C-38, i... ...

Canada-Jordan Economic Growth and Prosperity Act

On Thursday, March 1st, 2012 in Speeches

...rights to corporations over citizens. It must rebalance the importance of diplomacy, of exchange and of fair trade in goods. It must insist that the rules that govern our trade agreements constantly reinforce and elevate the nature of our relationships, not put us in a situation where the populace of various countries push back. We will see come before the House before too long the comprehensive economic trade agreement with the European Union.... ...

What we learned from the two judges who have studied the robocalls

On Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 in Householders

...t. Both examined the new technology of automated voice recordings launched to thousands of phone numbers. Both found that it would be relatively easy to set up accounts through firms offering the service. (Due to the criminal nature of the charges against Michael Sona, the ruling in his case goes into much more detail about the use of “burner” cell phones and pre-paid phone cards to avoid leaving a trail to whoever set up the accounts. In Guelph,... ...

Exclusive: Elizabeth May on climate change, electoral, political, and monetary reform, sexual assault and much more

On Saturday, February 27th, 2016 in COP 21, In the News

...which the crime of “rape, which originated in property law, and which women’s groups and legal scholars viewed as incorporating deep-seated sexist notions, was replaced with sexual assault to emphasize the violent nature of the crime and that it was an offense against person. Then in 1992 with the passage of Bill C-49 that enacted the so-called “rape shield” legislation, which greatly limited (and in most cases eliminated)... ...

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