Week in Review: November 6 – 10
November 10, 2017
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 week, Elizabeth spoke on the Budget Implementation Act, questioned the Minister of Transport on improving Canada's passenger rail service, and made a statement in honour of Remembrance Day. The House is on break next week, but Elizabeth will be busy in negotiations for the Canadian delegation at COP 23, the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference, held this year in Bonn, Germany.
This newsletter covers Elizabeth's work in the House from November 6 to November 10, 2017.
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Point of Order
COP 23 UN Climate Change Conference
Elizabeth attends the 23rd annual Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany, as a member of the Canadian government's delegation. She participates in the negotiations from Nov. 13 to 19.
Elizabeth held a press conference on Monday to discuss her goals for COP, which you can watch here.
Elizabeth prepared the following remarks in honour of Remembrance Day.
Current Issues: Amendments
Bill C-58 Access to Information and Privacy Act
In September, Elizabeth raised numerous concerns over the government bill to amend the Access to Information and Privacy Act. Criticism of Bill C-58 is not limited to the opposition parties. The Canadian Association of Journalists, experts like Michael Geist, and many other groups have concluded that the Liberals have run adrift of their campaign promise to enhance government transparency.
On Wednesday, the parliamentary committee on ethics completed their three week study of Bill C-58, passing just ten amendments. Elizabeth's was the only opposition party amendment accepted by the Liberal-dominated committee. If passed as amended in the House, it will make obligatory the public disclosure of ministers' mandate letters within 30 days of being issued or revised. More on this here.
Bill S-3 An Act to amend the Indian Act
Elizabeth was pleased by the amendments put forward by the Senate to work towards eliminating sex-based discrimination in the Indian Act. In June, she had proposed similar amendments, but they were defeatd at committee and report stage. The Senate's proposal marks a compromise. She hopes to see both Chambers embrace the full scope of changes so that status cannot be denied due to an antiquated and patriarchal system.
In the Media
Elizabeth introduced the following petitions to the government this week:
Note: 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:
For a list of private members' bills Elizabeth May has seconded, please visit elizabethmaymp.ca.
Wednesday, November 9
Thursday, November 9
Saturday, November 11
Monday, November 12 to Sunday, November 19
Sunday, November 12
Monday, November 13
Wednesday, November 15
Thursday, November 16
Thursday, November 23
Tuesday, November 28
Wednesday, November 29
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/