Green Caucus Week in Review 11/30 – 12/04

On Friday, December 4th, 2020 in News, Publications, Week in Review, Week in Review

Week in Review: Nov 30 – Dec 4 (le français suit)

This week, Elizabeth responded to the Fall Economic Statement presented by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland. In her response, Elizabeth made many recommendations. She advised the government to reconsider their plan to invest in small modular nuclear reactors, calling them “a proposal, a marketing strategy, for a dying industry.” She also repeated the need for a wealth tax as a new source of revenue to stimulate the economy, and unequivocally stated that fossil fuel subsidies must end. Green Party Leader, Annamie Paul, held a press conference in Ottawa to respond to the Economic Statement.

Jenica made a statement to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre on December 6, 1989. She used the occasion to remind the House that Violence against women and 2SLGBTQIA+ peoples is ongoing and too many lives continue to be lost. In her question on Thursday, Jenica stated that she believes the current generation has the power to end gender-based violence. She encouraged the government to do some public messaging around vaccines. She also cheered up her colleagues by reading an original poem: Ode to New Brunswick.

In Question Period, Elizabeth raised the requirement that, under the Paris agreement, Canada must improve its climate target in 2020. She also pressed for massive improvements to Bill C-12,  the Net-Zero Climate Accountability Act.

Paul marked International Day for People with Disabilities by asking the government to develop a national disabilities strategy so that Canadians with disabilities can live with dignity. In Adjournment Proceedings, Paul pointed out that Canada’s relationships with oppressive regimes are out-of-step with Canadian values and damaging to our ability to combat climate change.

Elizabeth appeared on CBC’s As it Happens on December 3rd to discuss the 2014 shootings on Parliament Hill and the need for an inquiry. She also featured in a panel discussion about the role of nuclear in Canada’s low-carbon future.


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