Welcome to Elizabeth May’s parliamentary week in review! This weekly e-newsletter recaps her work in Parliament when the House is in session. At 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.
Due to a Liberal motion earlier in the week, the House of Commons is now sitting until midnight for the remainder of the parliamentary session. This has meant a lot of very long days for Elizabeth, who remains committed to being in the House to speak to each of these issues on behalf of her constituents.
This newsletter covers her extensive, and now often late-night, work from May 29, 2017 to June 2, 2017.
Dear Friends and Supporters of Electoral Reform,
A disappointment in Parliament on Wednesday, when the Liberals used their majority to defeat a motion to accept recommendations from the Special Committee on Electoral Reform. It was a slim majority in a vote of 159-146, with two courageous Liberal MPs Nathaniel Eskine-Smith and Sean Casey voting with integrity and expressing the will of their constituents by voting in favour of the motion. All Bloc Quebecois, NDP, and Conservative MPs voted for the ERRE report.
Despite today’s defeat in Parliament, I am not giving up. I will continue to hold the government to account. Canadians trusted the Liberal promises made to reform the unfair voting system and make every vote count – that trust is broken.
The cross-partisan recommendations from the Special Committee on Electoral Reform offered the Liberals a roadmap to select a fair and democratic voting system, one that maintained a link between constituents and their local MPs. They now risk squandering a golden opportunity to create better government for all Canadians.
I thank the NDP’s Nathan Cullen (MP, Skeena-Bulkley Valley) for putting forward today’s motion.
In British Columbia, thanks to the BC Greens now holding the balance of power, they will move to electoral reform. A referendum in fall of 2018 will determine which form of voting system BC will achieve. I’m confident we will witness in British Columbia how electoral reform can change politics for the better and their success will guarantee the issue stays on the political agenda.
The wind is in our sails and we are going to win! Electoral reform will be a reality for Canadians.
Thank you all for your continued support and engagement on this issue.
Elizabeth May, OC
Member of Parliament
Leader of the Green Party of Canada
Next week, the Parliamentary Health Committee will meet to hold two hearings on Lyme Disease and the framework. These meetings will serve as yet another opportunity for patients and advocates to effect change, and will be available for viewing here.
Elizabeth introduced the following petitions to the government this week:
Read the governments’ responses to petitions Elizabeth has introduced here.
Elizabeth May has introduced the following bills:
For a list of private members’ bills Elizabeth May has seconded, please visit elizabethmaymp.ca
Wednesday, May 17th - Elizabeth May & Nathan Cullen hosted a bipartisan event for electoral reform
Friday, May 19th - Elizabeth delivered the 2017 Robert Hunter Memorial Lecture at U of T
Saturday, May 20th - Elizabeth attended the Mayne Island Conservancy’s 12th Annual May Day Celebrations
Walk for the Salish Sea – May 25th-29th:
Thursday, June 1st – Elizabeth jointly hosted the Turning Parliament Inside Out – Book Release
Tuesday, June 6th – Thursday, June 8th - Elizabeth is at the United Nations in New York City as part of the Canadian Government’s delegation for the United Nations Ocean Conference
Sunday, June 25th – Join Elizabeth as she marches in the 37th annual Toronto Pride Parade
As always, the support of the Green Party of Canada has been invaluable in enabling Elizabeth to hold the government to account on such a large number of issues. For more information on their work, or to get involved, please visit: https://www.greenparty.ca/