Date: 2014/04/07 -- Category/Categories: Parliament, Question Period

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I asked the Prime Minister, in question period last week, in relation to the recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, whether given the evidence from Environment Canada that there is no chance, given current policies, whether the government will do other than have a 100% fail rate on ...

Date: 2014/01/29 -- Category/Categories: Parliament, Statements

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I have to say that I was enormously grateful to the member for Vancouver Kingsway for so clearly reciting the reasons the bill before us is odious, as is the trade agreement. This trade deal is with a country that has just had a populist democratic leader knocked out by a ...

Date: 2013/04/25 -- Category/Categories: Island Tides

As the pro-bitumen export crowd notices the gathering storm clouds over their Northern Gateway and Kinder-Morgan options, and, further south, sees long shadows falling over the Keystone XL pipeline to refineries on the shores of the Texas Gulf coast, support is mobilizing for pipelines running east. Debate has been about how best to export raw, ...

Date: 2013/03/08 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

While many visitors to our part of the world will leave with images of breathtaking scenery, gorgeous gardens, taste-tempting farmer’s markets and great restaurants, the Saanich Peninsula is also home to a large number of thriving industries, manufacturers and innovators.  Quite a number fall in the category of “clean-tech.” The clean-tech sector is one identified ...

Date: 2013/03/01 -- Category/Categories: Committee Reports

This week, the Standing Committee on International Trade (CIIT) continued its study on the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with India. Major trade industry leaders as well as esteemed academics spoke with the committee about their perspectives on a CEPA with India. The main themes discussed were: the timeliness of signing a CEPA, India’s heavily ...

Date: 2013/02/25 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

Canada’s economy needs greater innovation. And our commitment to reduce greenhouse gases needs a burgeoning clean-tech sector. These goals, environment and economy, are mutually supportive. It has been a persistent problem in Canada’s economic performance that innovation, as reflected in investments in research and development, is lagging. The fact that our competitiveness is tied to ...

Date: 2013/02/14 -- Category/Categories: Island Tides

When a situation is as desperate as the climate crisis and yet, year after year, no leadership emerges, it is hard to believe that the situation may be changing. Like Charlie Brown running up to Lucy and a waiting football, one learns to expect disappointment. It is hard to put credence in the rhetoric of ...

Date: 2013/01/30 -- Category/Categories: Statements, Videos

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, on January 21 in his inaugural address, United States President Barack Obama said the following: We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid ...

Date: 2012/12/10 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

One of the most persistent and confounding fallacies of political discourse is the idea that we must choose between environmental protection and a healthy economy. According to years of polling, Canadians reject the idea. Poll after poll shows that Canadians think that both can be achieved. Lest anyone assume this is based on an unreasonable ...

Date: 2012/11/29 -- Category/Categories: Speeches

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to speak to yet another budget omnibus bill. I suppose I should not use the word “pleased”. I want to first make a few comments on the subject of omnibus bills and what we have seen in this one year. We essentially have seen budget ...

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