House of Commons Emergency Debate on Climate Change

On Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 in Climate Change, Debate

...one report because this time the scientists are telling us that 1.5° is far more dangerous than we thought it was. It reminds me of what Al Gore once said, that if we let the climate crisis continue apace, it will feel like a nature walk through the Book of Revelation. We have allowed greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere to increase to such an extent that we have already changed the chemistry of the atmosphere; we cannot change it back. We... ...

Dr. Warren Bell on the Northern Gateway Pipeline

On Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 in Blogs

...with many disparate parts, is psychologically grossly inefficient. Especially in complex or conflictual situations, it generates a mixture of cynicism, despair and anger. The third element in this structural pathology is the nature of the Prime Minister’s Office, or PMO. In Britain, the PMO is surrounded by powerful committees and advisory bodies whose comments and decisions have a major influence on government decision-making and cannot b... ...

Focusing on the restoration of fisheries

On Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 in Debate, Parliament

Elizabeth May Mr. Speaker, my hon. colleague from South Shore—St. Margarets has also championed another bill we are working on in the House right now, Bill C-64, which deals with derelict vessels, and I thank her for that. She happened to mention that we had a good fishery in 2012 and we will have a good fishery again. I think of the historical nature of the Fisheries Act, which came into being in 1868. Let us consider what we have lost. We ha... ...

Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act (Bill C-31)

On Monday, March 26th, 2012 in Speeches

...trialized country. Most of the migration that occurs among those people who are refugees is from one developing country to another. That is the vast majority of claimants. We have heard that this bill, because of its punitive nature towards people who arrive by ship or some other means of arrival deemed an “irregular entry”, one of the new terms that comes up in Bill C-31, will discourage so-called human smuggling. I have yet to hear any empirica... ...

C-51 is enough of an improvement that I am going to vote for it

On Friday, June 8th, 2018 in Parliament, Speeches

...alk about in my remaining minutes. This point is fundamental. This was what Mr. Justice John Major, who chaired the Air India inquiry, told the committee when it was studying the bill back in 2015: He told us it is just human nature that the RCMP and CSIS will not share information and that we need to have pinnacle oversight. There is review that happens, and the term “review” is post facto, so SIRC, the Security Intelligence Review Committee, wo... ...

Adjournment Proceedings – The Environment

On Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 in Adjournment Proceedings

...nts a carbon tax and the other side saying that it does not. In relation to that five minutes to midnight, in the last few weeks, the world’s scientists have reported that the global chemistry of the atmosphere has been changed to where there is now a concentration of over 400 parts per million of greenhouse gases. That is not a temporary situation. That is, in fact, a statement of concentration that will take centuries to change, because e... ...

Will government create further hardship for families, immigrants and refugees?

On Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 in Island Tides

People often ask me if I have encountered any big surprises since starting the work of an MP. Of course, I knew that the job of an MP is hard work.  I also knew that a large proportion of it is focused on delivering assistance to people who need help in the riding.  And I knew that the bulk of those issues would relate to immigration problems. What I had not been expecting was the callous, Kafka-esque nature of recent immigration decisions.   He... ...

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)... ...

Bill C-38 Amendments FAQ

On Monday, June 11th, 2012 in Press Releases

...ow many votes will there be? A: There are over 870 amendments to Bill C-38 before Parliament.  Thus, at most, there will be about 870 votes.  However, the Speaker has the power to group amendments that appear to be similar in nature. For example, he could lump all of the ‘deletions’ together, which could reduce the number of votes to around 300.   Q: How long should voting take? A: Assuming it takes about 15 minutes for each vote to be cast,... ...

Elizabeth May’s Week in Review – June 15, 2018

On Monday, June 18th, 2018 in News, Parliament, Publications, Week in Review, Week in Review

...rgan's dodgy finances ​​ Bill C-69: An Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, to amend the Navigation Protection Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts The changed nature of 'protection' for navigable waters In 2017, solar investment alone eclipsed investment in coal, nuclear, and all the renewables The E.U., the U.S. and New Zealand are all much stronger in their anticipa... ...

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