Date: 2012/06/04 -- Category/Categories: Press Releases

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, MP Saanich-Gulf Islands, will force Standing Votes on her nine amendments to Bill C-31, the so-called Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act, with the support of the Liberal Party. “While I appreciate Immigration Minister Kenney’s modifications to the Bill, it still violates our long-standing commitments to protect refugees, as well as the ...

Date: 2012/06/01 -- Category/Categories: Debate

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I do think we recognize, as the hon. minister pointed out, that this is specific legislation dealing with a specific area of immigration policy, and that there have been changes accepted. Those changes are improvements but I am still not able to support the bill as it now stands because I ...

Date: 2012/06/01 -- Category/Categories: Debate

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, the executive committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has warned that “in view of the hardship which it involves, detention should normally be avoided”. Canada is a signatory to the convention through which the High Commissioner for Refugees functions. Yet the bill, as a matter of normal course, ...

Date: 2012/05/29 -- Category/Categories: Debate

Elizabeth May: Madam Speaker, I thank the hon. minister for his clarifications. We are all well aware that the bill has a time limit stemming from legislation passed in the previous Parliament. I would like to ask why time allocation in this instance must be rushed to such an extent that we will not have ...

Date: 2012/05/28 -- Category/Categories: In the News

Publication Source: Globe and Mail Source Link: View the full original article >> Author: Gloria Galloway The Liberals will join forces with Green Party Leader Elizabeth May to introduce amendments that could delay the passage of the Conservative government’s omnibus budget bill and another piece of legislation that would change Canada’s refugee system. “We very ...

Date: 2012/05/17 -- Category/Categories: Debate

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I looked at the last year’s figures for Hungary, for Roma, and there has been a lot of inflating of those who were either abandoned, withdrawn or rejected. These are separate categories. There were 165 accepted as legitimate refugees who needed our protection. I would ask my hon. friend to bear ...

Date: 2012/05/17 -- Category/Categories: Uncategorized

Bill C-31: An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the Balanced Refugee Reform Act, the Marine Transportation Security Act and the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Act Motion No. 7 — May 16, 2012 — Ms. May (Saanich—Gulf Islands) — That Bill C-31, in Clause 6, be amended by replacing line 16 on ...

Date: 2012/05/03 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

The mainstream media is marking its report cards for the one-year anniversary under Harper Conservative majority rule. The bromides are calming—the Globe and Mail editorial gives the Conservative majority a positive spin—“more ups than downs”—while its reporter, John Ibbitson, wrote a piece nearly oozing with reverence for the prime minister. It is clear we all ...

Date: 2012/05/02 -- Category/Categories: Press Releases

From Election Day to the present, the Harper Conservatives’ first year of majority rule has been nothing less than “fishy,” as it has pushed through its destructive agenda. “The Harper Conservatives were given their ‘strong mandate’ with the actual votes of 24.3 percent of Canadians,” said Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament for ...

Date: 2012/04/23 -- Category/Categories: Debate

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I would like to share briefly with the House that I used to do some refugee law. I once helped a couple of ship-jumping claimants from Halifax in the days when there was a USSR and the countries that are now former Soviet bloc had people coming to Canada. The experience ...

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