Week in Review: March 9 - 13 (le français suit)
COVID-19 Update: In an unprecedented move, all parties in the House have agreed to suspend Parliament. Green MPs support the unanimous decision by parliamentarians to suspend the House of Commons until April 20 in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. For more information, please read the Green Party of Canada’s full press release.
Elizabeth May, Larisa Hutcheson, Ines Khouider and Vicky Husband at an event for International Women’s Day with the Canadian Federation of University Women at St. Margaret’s School in Victoria
Welcome back to the Green Caucus Week in Review! Green MPs were busy in their ridings last week. MP Elizabeth May had speaking engagements in Toronto and Montreal before returning to Saanich – Gulf Islands.
In New Brunswick, MP Jenica Atwin was glad to see the implementation of new flood monitoring technology, called River Watch. She toured a recycling facility to celebrate Oromocto’s new glass recycling pilot project, and visited the recently opened Wolastoq Recovery Centre that offers holistic treatment for addictions.
Meanwhile, in the riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith, MP Paul Manly held townhall meetings in Cedar and Saltair. Unfortunately, Paul’s upcoming community meetings are postponed until further notice. Paul has decided that it is best to lead by example and encourage social distancing at this time. Paul also attended a meeting hosted by Seniors in Care Crisis to discuss solutions to the conditions seniors face in care homes, in particular, Nanaimo Senior’s Village, which he brought up in the House again this week.
And in Victoria, Elizabeth participated in a Free Tibet march at the BC legislature.
All three Green MPs were busy on March 8th, International Women’s Day: Elizabeth gave a keynote speech at an event with the Canadian Federation of University Women and St. Margaret’s school in Victoria; Paul participated in a march in Nanaimo; and Jenica ran (and hosted) a talent show for Oromocto First Nations youth.
Back in Ottawa this week, our Green MPs were busy in and out of the House. On Monday the Green Caucus joined other political parties in co-hosting a reception with Climate Action Network for a Green New Deal for Canada, and met with students from the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto (U of T) participating in the Women in the House program. A student from U of T shadowed Paul on Tuesday.
At the first meeting of the Parliamentary Democracy Caucus on Tuesday, Elizabeth was elected chair.
On Wednesday, Elizabeth spoke at a symposium hosted by the French Embassy called Will Women Save the Planet? During debate on the Canada-US-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), Paul delivered a clear and cogent speech explaining why Canada must tackle the Investor-State agreements that give corporations extraordinary powers.
On Thursday, the Green Caucus held a press conference to counter false charges against climate activists from Conservative politicians. Green MPs addressed a concerning and growing trend to demonize and criminalize Canadians participating in non-violent civil disobedience for climate action. Jenica also spoke in the House about the invisible, unpaid labor that women contribute to society in caring for loved ones.
The week ended with an important announcement: the House was adjourned until April 20 in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. Green MPs will be staying in their ridings during that time, to limit their travel and exposure to other people.
Read on for Green Caucus interventions, questions, and statements in the House this week.
For further updates on Elizabeth’s activities, you can visit her website, follow her on Facebook, and on Twitter. For updates on Paul’s activities, visit his website, follow him on Facebook, or on Twitter. For updates on Jenica’s activities, follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Paul Manly with Jasper and Oliver Lotan at the International Women’s Day March in Nanaimo
Statements and Press Releases
In Their Own Words
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Please visit the Green Party of Canada events calender for information on the MPs public events: https://www.greenparty.ca/en/events/all