Week in Review: April 20 - 24 (le français suit)
Submissions to MP Jenica Atwin’s Earth Day challenge
This week was profoundly difficult for many many Canadians affected by the mass shooting in Nova Scotia. Green MPs hold Nova Scotians in their hearts, and send their deepest condolences to the family and friends of those lost.
“Our hearts are breaking for everyone impacted by this tragedy,” said Jenica Atwin (MP, Fredericton). “In small maritime communities like Portapique and my home community of Rusagonis, we know our neighbours and we look out for one another. Such a senseless, violent, hateful act is utterly incomprehensible. I join all New Brunswickers, and indeed all Canadians from coast to coast to coast, in sharing our deepest condolences with our neighbours to the East. Our hearts are with you today.”
During a weekend wrought with this tragic news, MP Paul Manly travelled to Ottawa for the return of Parliament on April 20th. Paul came to represent the Green voice in the House of Commons on behalf of his fellow MPs.
On Monday, Paul was the first MP to speak. He raised a point of privilege arguing that the privileges of many MPs were violated by meeting regularly when so many provinces are in quarantine. It appeared to the Green caucus that the pressure to have face to face Question Periods was more about partisanship than responding to the COVID19 pandemic.
Members of Parliament debated the feasibility of resuming Parliament during the pandemic, and voted that a virtual Parliament will sit on Tuesdays and Thursdays in a modified form, including question period and an in-person sitting of a reduced number of MPs on Wednesdays. Parliament will sit in this capacity until May 24th for now, resuming on Tuesday, April 28th, with the Thursday sessions starting on May 7th.
This week also marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!