Date: 2014/06/04 -- Category/Categories: Adjournment Proceedings, Parliament

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I rise tonight to pursue a question that I asked in the House last week, punctuated by two events. Tomorrow we experience the 25th anniversary of the devastating assault, the organized crackdown by the People’s Republic of China Communist Party. I can remember watching on television as the Statue of Liberty ...

Date: 2013/04/29 -- Category/Categories: Blogs

Goodness knows, I wish the NDP had put forward a motion I could have voted for.  We need a good debate on climate and we need a strong call for government action.  But, I couldn’t vote for that motion. Here’s the text of the motion: That this House: agree with many Canadians and the International ...

Date: 2013/04/22 -- Category/Categories: Statements

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I would like to wish all members of this House a happy Earth Day. Today is the 43rd anniversary of that celebration, but please excuse me if I do not feel like celebrating. The only motion before us today that has any environmental content is the NDP motion from its last ...

Date: 2013/04/22 -- Category/Categories: Press Releases

The highly controversial Canada-China Investment Treaty will go to a vote this evening on an NDP motion from the party’s supply day on Thursday. The treaty has never had so much as a day of committee hearings – one hour was allowed in the trade committee on October 18, 2012.  The Thursday motion allowed six ...

Date: 2013/04/18 -- Category/Categories: Debate

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I would speak to my friend from Halifax West through you. I am very disappointed that the Liberal Party thinks that this treaty is better approved as is than put forward right now for a vote and defeated. This treaty is a direct assault on Canadian sovereignty. It disproportionately protects the ...

Date: 2013/04/18 -- Category/Categories: Debate

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I would like to actually address this question to all members of this House. The Canada-China investment treaty is significantly flawed. It does not protect the environment even as much as the agreement Canada just negotiated with Benin. The whole concept of investor-state agreements has been brought into question by cost-benefit ...

Date: 2013/04/18 -- Category/Categories: Debate

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, over and over again today we have been told by Conservative members that this is a standard FIPA and that they are all the same. This language is from the current investment treaty with Benin. It will take me a minute to read it: ….except in rare circumstances, such as when ...

Date: 2013/04/18 -- Category/Categories: Debate

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the hon. member for Vancouver Kingsway and his entire caucus for finally allowing this issue to come forward for debate. He will recall I raised it in the House before it was tabled for 21 days of non-debate but sitting before us, and I requested an emergency ...

Date: 2013/03/21 -- Category/Categories: Question Period

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, my question for the Prime Minister is about an investor state agreement that was tabled with the House in February. It is with the west African country of Benin. Benin has a gross domestic product of $7 billion. We can compare and contrast it to the People’s Republic of China, which ...

Date: 2013/03/19 -- Category/Categories: Adjournment Proceedings

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I rise this evening in adjournment proceedings to follow up on a question I initially asked on November 30, 2012. That question related to the Canada-China investment treaty, but was much more specifically directed to the concerns that were growing not just in Canada, but around the world about the process of ...

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