Week in Review: May 27 – 31

by Elizabeth May | May 31, 2019 5:04 pm

Week in Review: May 27 – 31

Welcome back to the parliamentary Week in Review for our Green Members of Parliament! This weekly e-newsletter recaps Elizabeth May and Paul Manly's work in Parliament when the House is in session. Using the links below, you can watch videos of Elizabeth and Paul's interventions in the House, keep up with their media releases, and read articles they have written.

What a week on Parliament Hill! On Monday, Elizabeth introduced newly-elected Member of Parliament for Nanaimo-Ladysmith Paul Manly to the House of Commons as the second Green Party representative ever elected to Parliament! Paul was met with a standing ovation from both sides of the floor.

Later that day, two of Elizabeth's amendments for Bills C-93 and C-97 passed at committee stage!

Bill C-93, an Act to provide no-cost, expedited record suspensions for simple possession of cannabis, was amended to restrict the reasons for which a record suspension granted under this act could be revoked.

Bill C-97, an Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 19, 2019 and other measures, was amended to include in its preamble that Canada has obligations under international human rights treaties, including: the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights; the Convention on the Rights of the Child; the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

Just a few hours into his time in Ottawa, Paul asked a question of the government: Is the government prepared to take emergency action to help people in crisis with affordable housing under the national housing strategy?

 

Elizabeth with her constituent, Lexie Biegun, recipient of the Prime Minister's
Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education.

 

On Tuesday, Elizabeth had the honour of meeting and congratulating her constituent, Lexie Biegun, recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education! Lexie’s Little Bears, an outdoor nature daycare, was recognized for its excellence in fostering creativity through art, nature, and the great outdoors.

Elizabeth with the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, awarded to the International Coalition
to Abolish Nuclear Weapons – of which the Green Party of Canada is a partner.

With the 42nd Parliament coming to a close, midnight sittings have begun as Members of Parliament race to pass legislation.

For further updates on Elizabeth's activities, you can follow her on Facebook, @ElizabethMayMP and on Twitter, @ElizabethMay.

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Key Moments in the House

In the House of Commons:

Press Conference:


Statements and Press Releases


In the News


Petitions

MPs present petitions once the deadline for signatures has passed. After presentation in the House, the government has 45 calendar days to table a response.

Elizabeth and Paul presented the following petitions this week:

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.


Community Newsletters

May 2019 – Fake News

December 2018 – Health Care

September 2018 – Immigration and Refugees


Committees, Briefs and Responses

Submission to Consultation on Amendments to the Corrections and Conditional Release Regulations

Submission to Consultations on the Draft Federal Sustainable Development Strategy

Submission to Fisheries and Oceans Canada on Proposed Regulations on Rebuilding Plans

Submission to the Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Branch on Edible Cannabis

Submission to the Consultations on the Initial Environmental Assessment of the New NAFTA

Submission on the External Review of the Critical Habitat Section for Resident Killer Whales

Application to Continue to Participate as an Intervenor in the National Energy Board Trans Mountain Review


Private Members' Bills

Elizabeth May has introduced the following bills:

Bill S-203: This bill will outlaw the cruel practice of keeping whales, dolphins and porpoises in captivity.*

Bill C-401: This bill will lower the voting age to 16.

Bill C-387: This bill will establish a legislative framework for a national passenger rail service.

Bill C-269: This bill will abolish mandatory minimum sentences for all crimes except murder and treason.

Bill C-258: This "Think Small First" bill would require that every new bill introduced in the House undergo an assessment to determine how the bill would impact Canadian small businesses.

Bill C-259: The Open Science Act would require all federal departments to make all publicly funded scientific research available to Canadians on their websites.

For a list of private members' bills Elizabeth May has seconded, please visit elizabethmaymp.ca.

* Indicates that the bill is a Senate Public Bill


Upcoming Events

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