Green Caucus Week in Review 11/23 – 27

by Elizabeth May | November 27, 2020 2:44 pm

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Week in Review: Nov 23 – 27 (le français suit)

On Tuesday, Paul succeeded in passing his first amendment. It was an amendment on Bill C-7, Medical Assistance in Dying. His amendment requires that, where possible, the Minister of Health must consult the Minister responsible for the status of persons with disabilities when carrying out responsibilities associated with the Act. In a question, Paul reminded the government to prioritize democracy, human rights, and the environment in trade relations.

While studying the main estimates for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), Elizabeth debated Minister Bernadette Jordan on the urgent state of pacific wild salmon. This has been a critical year for the Fraser River Sockeye who have been returning to their spawning grounds in the lowest numbers ever.

On Wednesday, MPs started debating Bill C-12, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act. This legislation was much anticipated by the Green Caucus, but unfortunately, it was an utter disappointment. Elizabeth called it a new form of climate denial in her weekly newsletter, Good Sunday Morning. She challenged Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson for picking and choosing climate facts to put together a bill that postpones taking climate action for too long. In an article for the National Observer, Elizabeth described how the bill would be improved by setting an emissions reduction target for 2025. Jenica reminded the government that youth expect the government to take climate action today, not ten years from now. The Green Caucus remains hopeful that with sufficient public pressure the act can be significantly improved through amendments.

In her question, Jenica asked how youth are to be expected to “build back better” when they graduate university shouldered with enormous student debt. She asked the government to at least waive collecting interest on student loans. In a debate on Wednesday, Jenica commented on the importance of language to one’s identity and culture. She highlighted the urgent need to modernize the official languages act to ensure Francophones across Canada have the tools they need to stand firm against assimilation.

On Thursday, during Adjournment Proceedings, Paul pointed out Canada’s current lack of capacity to produce low-cost lifesaving vaccines and medicines, and its over-reliance on the private sector to fill the void left by publicly-owned Connaught Labs when it was privatized in the 1980s.

*Correction: Last week’s newsletter stated that Canada granted permission to the US Navy to conduct underwater testing in the Pacific Northwest. It should have said that Canada filed no objection to this operation.

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Jenica Atwin

Green Party of Canada

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