This was the second week of the mixed virtual and in-person Special Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic. MPs Paul Manly and Jenica Atwin joined remotely from their ridings of Nanaimo – Ladysmith and Fredericton, respectively. Elizabeth May stayed in Ottawa to cover two Wednesdays in person, and returned to Saanich-Gulf Islands on Thursday. Paul Manly will cover the next two Wednesdays. No new legislation was tabled but MPs continued to debate Canada’s response to COVID-19.
This week held many occasions, both sad and happy. Over the weekend, Green MPs mourned the six crew that died in the April 29th CH-148 Cyclone helicopter crash in the Ionian Sea. Saturday, May 2nd marked the 9th anniversary of Elizabeth’s historic election when she defeated a sitting member of the Conservative Cabinet as the second Green in the world to be elected under the First Past the Post voting system. May 5th marked the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Meanwhile, May 6th was the 75th anniversary of the Canadian Liberation of the Netherlands, which Elizabeth adressed in the House. May 6th was also Paul Manly’s 1st anniversary of being elected to the House of Commons.
In their questions this week, Green MPs continued to press the government on providing the most comprehensive benefits possible to small businesses owners, seniors, with a particular focus on senior women, and temporary foreign workers. As well, they urged the government to keep the climate crisis in mind while planning Canada’s economic recovery.
This evening, Elizabeth will host a community meeting by Zoom. Major (Retired) Charles Goodman, CD, one of the Canadians who liberated the Netherlands, now resident of Sidney, BC, will join the meeting to reflect on the 75th anniversary of that event.
On Wednesday, May 13th, please join your Green MPs for a bilingual webinar at 7:30 ET: What kind of world willl emerge after post-COVID-19. Click here for more information and to register.
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