Week in Review: February 12 – 16
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.
Elizabeth started the week by blasting holes in the opposition’s arguments for the Trans Mountain pipeline. Later, she intervened multiple times on Bill C-68, An Act to Amend the Fisheries Act, and the omnibus environmental protections legislation, Bill C-69, which includes the Navigation Protection Act, Impact Assessment Act and Canadian Energy Regulator Act. She also spoke on the recognition and implementation of Indigenous rights in the Canadian justice system.
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On Wednesday, February 14, the government promised to introduce a new legal framework for Indigenous people. This was prompted in large part by the unjust proceedings of the Colten Boushie case, which roiled the nation last week after the jury returned a verdict of ‘Not guilty.’
Endemic issues in the Canadian justice system, such as the discriminatory use of peremptory challenges and an extremely disproportionate incarceration rate, has eroded Indigenous peoples’ trust in a fair process. The leaders of each federal party stood in the House on Wednesday to underscore the importance of creating and implementing the proposed framework in true collaboration with Indigenous communities. Later that evening, Parliamentarians took part in a Take Note debate on Indigenous people and the Canadian justice system.
Elizabeth’s speech can be accessed by clicking the image below:
If you wish to learn more about Canada’s unjust treatment of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, Elizabeth has recommended the following resources:
CPC Opposition Motion: Trans Mountain Expansion Project
Bill C-68: An Act to Amend the Fisheries Act
Bill C-69: Navigation Protection Act, Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act (Omnibus)
Take Note: Indigenous Rights and Canada’s Justice System
(Elizabeth May, National Observer, February 12)
(Michael Harris, iPolitics, February 15)
(Holly Lake, iPolitics, February 14)
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.
Engage in government consultations for key legislative items:
Deadline: February 28
Deadline: April 9
Deadline: April 15
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, February 12
Tuesday, February 13
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/