Green Caucus Week in Review 10/19-23

On Friday, October 23rd, 2020 in Publications, Week in Review
Week in Review: October 19 – 23 (le français suit)

This week began with an emergency debate on Monday to discuss the ongoing dispute between Indigenous and commercial lobster fishers in Novia Scotia. The debate ran until almost one o’clock in the morning. Greens condemned the violence against Indigenous fishers in Nova Scotia. They agreed that the RCMP response to the non-Indigenous protesters, who have lit cars on fire and destroyed lobster catch, has been abysmal and inconsistent with their reaction to the non-violent protests in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en people against the Coastal GasLink pipeline back in March. Paul attended a rally in solidarity with the Mi’kmaq lobster fishers in Nanaimo.

October 21st marked Jenica’s one-year anniversary of being elected to the House of Commons, becoming Fredericton’s first female Member of Parliament and the first Green elected outside BC. She commented on the Lobster fishery dispute on Information Morning – Fredericton with Terry Seguin.

Bill C-7, the amended Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) legislation, was also debated this week. Elizabeth stated that this legislation has been delayed for too long because of the pandemic, and that many people who could have benefitted from the treatment have suffered unnecessarily as a result. They maintained that Canada needs better palliative care to help ease the suffering of terminally ill patients.

Jenica, Paul and Elizabeth voted against a Conservative motion proposed Wednesday to establish an anti-corruption committee to investigate the WE charity scandal. It was deemed a confidence motion by the governing Liberals, meaning that if it had passed, an election would have been triggered. Greens maintained that the government needs to be available to Canadians to continue administering programs to help with the COVID-19 pandemic, and that going to an election now would be irresponsible. Elizabeth mentioned that resources would be better used investigating the Liberal’s obstruction of justice in the SNC Lavalin affair than the WE scandal. Paul emphasized that funds for the Canada Student Service Grant would have been put to better use in the already established Canada Summer Jobs program.

On Friday, Greens supported Bill C-5, to make Orange Shirt Day a national holiday to honour survivors of residential schools. Jenica gave a speech in support of this motion. See below for more interventions from the Green MPs.

Next Tuesday Elizabeth will speak at the Scaling Up 2020 conference on a Virtual panel titled Paris: Getting to a Green and Just Recovery. Click here for more information and to register.

October 21 marked one year since Jenica Atwin was elected as Member of Parliament for Fredericton

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