Week in Review: June 10 - 14
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.
As the days become increasingly limited before the 42nd Parliament wraps up, legislation continues to pass through the House of Commons at an efficient rate. This was especially gratifying this week when Bill S-203, an Act to end the captivity of whales and dolphins, passed in the House of Commons! This bill has been a long time coming, as it spent three years tied up in the Senate. As the sponsor of this bill in the House of Commons, Elizabeth was so excited to finally see this historic and important piece of legislation pass. On behalf of Elizabeth’s entire office, we are incredibly grateful to the many individuals and organizations that have worked hard and long to ensure this bill is passed.
Meanwhile, across the country, Paul was excited to take part in a ceremony celebrating the opening of his constituency office in Nanaimo-Ladysmith! Paul and his team are looking forward to serving all Nanaimo-Ladysmith communities and constituents in this non-partisan space.
Both Elizabeth and Paul participated in several heated debates this week: from the new NAFTA agreement and environmental impact assessments, to rights for citizens at Canadian borders and climate change policy.
On Tuesday, Paul and Elizabeth met with representatives of the Canadian Urban Transit Association and the College of Family Physicians of Canada. These meetings proved constructive, and served as an excellent opportunity for all involved to share their policy priorities and constituent needs.
Paul and Elizabeth with the Canadian Urban Transit Association
On Wednesday, an advisory council to the government recommended the establishment of a $15 billion universal pharmacare system. As the leader of the first political party in Canada to call for such a measure, Elizabeth was pleased to hear of the recommendation – although believes the timeline (implementation between 2022 and 2027) is insufficient.
With an unknown – yet limited – amount of time left in the House, the coming week is sure to be filled with an abundance of debate and legislation. Stay tuned next week for what could very well be the last Week in Review of the 42nd Parliament (though we make no promises).
For further updates on Elizabeth's activities, you can follow her on Facebook, @ElizabethMayMP and on Twitter, @ElizabethMay. For updates on Paul's activities, follow him on Facebook, @VoteforPaulManly and on Twitter, @PaulManly.
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In the House of Commons:
Statements and Press Releases
In the News
MP opens Nanaimo-Ladysmith constituency office
(Greg Sakaki, Nanaimo News Bulletin, June 11)
Green Party MP Paul Manly – A cat among political pigeons
(Bruce Mason, Common Ground, June 11)
Elizabeth May is interviewed on BNN Bloomberg
(BNN Bloomberg, June 12)
"A more humane country": Canada to ban keeping whales, dolphins in captivity
(Laura Howells, CBC, June 10)
Paul Wells interviews Elizabeth May for Maclean's "In Conversation"
(Macleans, June 6)
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 recently presented the following petitions:
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 S-203: This bill will outlaw the cruel practice of keeping whales, dolphins and porpoises in captivity.*
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.
* Indicates that the bill is a Senate Public Bill