Week in Review: June 17 – 21
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.
This was the final week for Members of Parliament before the session wrapped up on Thursday, which meant for a very busy few days to the finish line for our two Green MPs! Midnight sittings, back-to-back votes, and last-minute meetings with various organizations and individuals took up most of Paul and Elizabeth’s time from morning until very late at night!
On Monday, the House debated and declared a climate emergency – Elizabeth being the only party leader present at debate. On Tuesday, much to the disappointment of Paul and Elizabeth, the government once again approved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. And on Thursday, Elizabeth joined colleagues in mourning the loss of their beloved friend, the late Mark Warawa, who was the Member of Parliament for Langley-Aldergrove.
Elizabeth and Paul with representatives of the National Airlines Council of Canada.
In between almost non-stop debating and voting, both Paul and Elizabeth packed in meetings with different organizations, including the National Airlines Council of Canada and the Kivalliq Inuit Association.
Though the House has temporarily wrapped up, parliamentarians are expected to gather once more over the summer to debate and pass Bill C-100, or the proposed new NAFTA bill. Make sure to check out Paul’s interventions on this subject, and stay tuned for when the House will sit again!
In the meantime, Paul and Elizabeth will be busy back at their respective constituencies of Nanaimo-Ladysmith and Saanich-Gulf Islands, doing what they like best: meeting with constituents and learning about the needs of their communities.
It’s goodbye for now, but with any luck, you’ll continue receiving these newsletters come the 43rd Parliament! Thank you to our subscribers for reading along.
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
Elizabeth May talks Conservative climate plan and Trans Mountain approval on Global News
(Global News, June 20)
Elizabeth May the only federal leader who showed up at climate emergency debate
(Zi-Ann Lum, Huffington Post, June 18)
Climate shocker: Canada aims for carbon credits for fracking natural gas, Paul Manly questions
(Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight, June 16)
House committee passes bill creating new CBSA review body without amendments submitted by Paul Manly
(Charlie Pinkerton, iPolitics, June 17)
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