Week in Review: January 29 to February 2
Welcome to Elizabeth May’s first parliamentary week in review of 2018! 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 pressed the government for concerted action on climate change. She highlighted the potential risk that a takeover of Aecon by a state-owned enterprise of the People’s Republic of China poses to Canadian labour and environmental protections. She held a press conference with Nathan Cullen to mark the anniversary of Trudeau’s broken promise on electoral reform. She challenged her colleagues to fix political financing laws and end cash for access events. She debated regulation of the emergent vaping industry. Finally, she commemorated the Quebec Mosque shooting and the late Constable Pierre Lozier.
On Monday, the House commemorated the anniversary of the horrific act of terror in Quebec City that left six men dead and nineteen others injured. That evening, Elizabeth and representatives of every party flew in the Prime Minister’s plane to Quebec City to join thousands in a candlelight vigil. Elizabeth supports the National Council of Canadian Muslims in their proposal to recognize January 29 as a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia.
Current Issues: Federal Leaders’ Debate Consultations
The Ministry of Democratic Institutions opened consultations for feedback on the federal leaders’ debates. At issue is whether an independent commission or Commissioner of Debates ought to be created to organize the debates in advance of the 2019 election.
Elizabeth contends that reform of the federal leaders’ debates is long overdue. The importance of these debates cannot be over-estimated: nationally broadcast debates matter to the leaders participating, the associated political parties, and most importantly, Canadian voters. National media coverage of the parties and their leaders is directly related to inclusion in the debates. This additional media coverage translates to electoral returns at the polls.
The more debates, the better. All Canadians have a right to view the federal leaders’ debates, and the Prime Minister has an obligation to answer Canadians, as do all other federal leaders. Elizabeth believes more debates, in both traditional and new media formats, are better for Canadians. The leaders’ debates are an integral part of the election process.
The federal leaders’ debates should not be managed by a consortium of the same organizations who report on the event. A non-partisan, independent commission should be established to regulate the debates. This commission would create clear criteria for determining who is eligible to participate in these debates.
In March 2016, Elizabeth proposed key features for fair and inclusive leaders’ debates, published by Policy Options. Building on those proposals, she suggested in her feedback to the Minister that there be legislated criteria for inclusion in the debates; to have an advisory panel of network media work with the commission; and to compel leader attendance. You can read her full submission here.
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, Green Party leader Elizabeth May, former NDP leader Thomas Mulcair and former Conservative Leader Stephen Harper take part in a debate, Thursday, August 6, 2015 in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Submit Feedback to the Consultations, deadline February 9
What improvements would you like to see? What are your thoughts on an independent commission or Commissioner? Do you feel the media consortium should continue to organize the federal leaders’ debates? Share your thoughts with the Minister for Democratic Institutions, Karina Gould, by submitting here. The deadline for feedback is February 9.
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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:
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.
Monday, January 15 to Wednesday, January 24
Friday, January 26
Wednesday, January 31
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/