Week in Review: February 26 – March 2
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 in the House, Elizabeth lambasted the government for drastically cutting short debate on Bill C-69, the deeply flawed omnibus environmental legislation. She also commented on the Phoenix Pay System disaster and the Canada Summer Jobs snafu. You will also find in this issue a press release and various articles with her comments on Budget 2018.
The House is in recess for the next two weeks. Stay tuned for the next Week in Review on March 23!
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Earlier this week, the Liberals passed a motion for time allocation on Bill C-69, the environmental protections legislation. This shut down debate on a complex, deeply flawed omnibus bill. It is now left to committees, which limit public participation, to make the necessary changes.
Time allocation and omnibus legislation are two egregious practices the Liberals promised to leave behind in the Harper era. This government also promised to undo the damage of bills C-38 and C-45, which took the teeth out of environmental assessments, gutted the Fisheries Act, rescinded protections for 99% of Canada’s inland waterways, and gave almost limitless power to the National Energy Board.
In the speech below, Elizabeth excoriates the current administration for breaking all three promises.
Time Allocation, Bill C-69: Impact Assessment Act
Bill S-210: Repealing the short title of the ‘Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act’
(Peter Van Dusen, CPAC Special, February 27)
(Don Martin, Power Play, February 27)
(Brent Patterson, The Council of Canadians, February 27)
(The Canadian Press, The National Post, February 27)
(Daniel Otis, CTV News, February 27)
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: 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 26
Wednesday, February 28
Thursday, March 1
Saturday, March 3
Wednesday, March 7
Thursday, March 8
Monday, March 12
Tuesday, March 13
Wednesday, March 14
Thursday, March 15
Friday, March 23
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/