Date: 2015/04/21 -- Category/Categories: Press Releases

OTTAWA – Finance Minister Joe Oliver’s first and last budget represents a hodge-podge of election promises, rather than a coherent, prudent plan for Canada’s future economic and social health. “It all comes down to priorities,” noted Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands. “The Harper administration ...

Date: 2015/02/23 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, News

Green economic principles are pragmatic. Thanks to the influence of Green parties around the world, these core principles have been tested. They work. Central to our policies is understanding that there is no conflict between environment and economy. A smart economy is one that is resilient. A smart economy is diversified, less vulnerable to global ...

Date: 2015/02/05 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

Stephen Harper’s fiscal strategy is being undermined by an economic nightmare. This one isn’t coming out of the eurozone or the United States. No, this time it’s the prime minister’s own policies that are the nightmare. True, Canada rode out the 2008 financial meltdown better than most. Our prime minister was quick to take credit ...

Date: 2014/08/02 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

What follows is my original piece rebutting the National Post editorial. The NP editors requested cuts and changes which I accepted. Still, on reflection, the edits lost much content, particularly in explaining my vote against bombing Libya. I offer it here, unedited, for a fuller explanation. In a catalogue of alleged failings of the Green ...

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: Uncategorized

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 ...

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