Week in Review: Nov 2 – 6 (le français suit)
This week, MPs debated Bill C-9, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy). This Bill would extend the wage and rent subsidies until June 30th, 2021. Paul spoke to the importance of keeping small businesses afloat during the pandemic. He commended the government for the measures it has already taken to support Canadians and small businesses during the pandemic, and highlighted certain areas where more support is needed. During debate on C-9, Elizabeth had a five-minute round of questions with the Minister of Finance. She raised specific concerns of the tourism industry, the outrageous profits of commercial banks, as well as impacts on charities.
On Wednesday, all three Green MPs engaged in debate on questions that they asked previously in the Chamber during Adjournment Proceedings. Elizabeth debated the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs on Canada’s role in diffusing the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict in the disputed Nagorno Karabakh region. Paul and Jenica both debated the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health. Paul advocated that mental health be included in the Canada Health Act, while Jenica advocated that national standards be determined for long term care homes. Both Paul and Jenica noted that these needs existed before the pandemic, but were exacerbated and require more urgent attention as a result.
This week, Elizabeth re-introduced her Private Member’s Bill to establish a legislative framework for VIA Rail, which died on the order paper when Parliament was prorogued. Private Member’s Bill C-251 would give VIA Rail the mandate to ensure that, like Amtrak in the US, it has a statutory obligation to provide rail service for Canadians, and to modernize and expand service, while protecting current routes. She also gave a statement to commemorate Remembrance Day and Veteran’s Week.
This Sunday, Elizabeth and Annamie Paul, Leader of the Green Party of Canada will participate in a Fair Vote Canada event called Making Democracy Work! to discuss electoral reform and democracy. Click here to register. Next week, on November 12th, Jenica will host an online community meeting. Click here for more information, or click here to register.
Members of Parliament are scheduled to resume sitting on Monday, November 16th. Until then, we will all be remembering our fallen soldiers, and those who have risked their lives in battle. Thank you for reading the Green Caucus Week in Review.
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