Week in Review: March 18 – 22

Welcome to Elizabeth May’s parliamentary Week in Review! This weekly e-newsletter recaps her work in Parliament when the House is in session. Using the links below, you can watch videos of Elizabeth’s interventions in the House, keep up with her media releases, and read articles she has written.

On Monday, the week got off to a busy start with Elizabeth needing to be in three places at once at precisely 3:30 pm. With split-second timing, the Parliament Hill team managed to pull it off. Within the hour she presented evidence to the Fisheries and Oceans Committee on her bill to ban keeping whales and dolphins in captivity, S-203, defended her amendments to the Indigenous languages bill, C-91 and responded to the Prime Minister’s statement on the terrorist attack in New Zealand. Throughout the rest of the evening, Elizabeth had to go between being in the House of Commons and continuing to defend her amendments on Bill C-91. 

In the Fisheries and Oceans Committee, MPs finally heard from witnesses about Bill S-203, An Act to End the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins. The next stage for this bill is on April 2nd when MPs will review it clause-by-clause. It is critical that the bill passes committee unamended to have a chance at passing before the election. Stay tuned next week for an email on how you can help make sure that happens. 

On Tuesday of this week, the government tabled the final federal budget of their term. This was met with protests from the Conservative Party. In a childish display, they attempted to drown out the Finance Minister as he delivered his budget speech. As with most pre-election budgets, this one is full of lofty promises that the government will not be able to fulfil before the end of this mandate. Many of the major commitments in this budget will only be enacted if the Liberals are re-elected. In addition to the unrealistic expectations set by the Liberals, the budget fails to deliver on climate action. We are in a climate emergency, delaying action is not an option. 

Starting late Wednesday afternoon, in an effort to pressure the Liberals into opening an investigation into the SNC-Lavalin affair, the Conservatives used procedural tactics to force MPs to spend almost 36 hours voting on routine measures that usually would have been dealt with as one vote. Elizabeth was one of the few MPs who spent the entire night in the chamber voting.

After voting for 24 hours, Elizabeth headed back to BC where she will spend next week in Saanich-Gulf Islands doing important constituency work. Our next edition of Week in Review will be the week of April 1st. 

For further updates on Elizabeth’s activities, you can follow her on Facebook, @ElizabethMayMP and on Twitter, @ElizabethMay.

* If you are having trouble viewing this email, please view it online here:  elizabethmaymp.ca/category/publications/week-in-review-publications*

Key Moments in the House

Question Period:

In the House of Commons:

Budget 2019:

Statements and Press Releases

In the News


Elizabeth presents petitions once the deadline for signatures has passed. After presentation in the House, the government has 45 calendar days to table a response.

This week Elizabeth presented a petition calling for the House of Commons to enact legislation and policies to ensure pay equity throughout Canada. 

You may read the governments’ responses to petitions Elizabeth has introduced here.

View and sign open e-petitions currently sponsored by Elizabeth here.

Learn about the e-petition process or create one of your own here.

Community Newsletters

December 2018 – Health Care

September 2018 – Immigration and Refugees

Committees, Briefs and Responses

Submission to Fisheries and Oceans Canada on Proposed Regulations on Rebuilding Plans

Submission to the Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Branch on Edible Cannabis

Submission to the Consultations on the Initial Environmental Assessment of the New NAFTA

Submission on the External Review of the Critical Habitat Section for Resident Killer Whales

Application to Continue to Participate as an Intervenor in the National Energy Board Trans Mountain Review

Submission to the Consultations on Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements (FIPAs) and Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)

Submission to the Consultations on an Amendment to Aquaculture Regulation

Submission to the Transport Canada Parliamentary Consultation

Submission to the Consultations on the Federal Carbon Pricing System

Submission to the Consultations on the Federal Leaders’ Debates

Submission to the Consultations on Health Canada’s Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis

Submission to the Consultations on the Proposed Excise Duty Framework for Cannabis Products

Submission to the Canada-Pacific Trade Consultations

Brief Submitted to the NAFTA Renegotiation Consultation

Brief Submitted to the Minister of Food and Agriculture Canada for “A Food Policy for Canada”

Response Submitted to the Consultations on Tax Planning Using Private Corporations

Private Members’ Bills

Elizabeth May has introduced the following bills:

Bill S-203: This bill will outlaw the cruel practice of keeping whales, dolphins and porpoises in captivity.*

Bill C-401: This bill will lower the voting age to 16.

Bill C-387: This bill will establish a legislative framework for a national passenger rail service.

Bill C-269: This bill will abolish mandatory minimum sentences for all crimes except murder and treason.

Bill C-258: This “Think Small First” bill would require that every new bill introduced in the House undergo an assessment to determine how the bill would impact Canadian small businesses.

Bill C-259: The Open Science Act would require all federal departments to make all publicly funded scientific research available to Canadians on their websites.

For a list of private members’ bills Elizabeth May has seconded, please visit elizabethmaymp.ca.

* Indicates that the bill is a Senate Public Bill

Upcoming Events

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March 31

Green Party of Canada – Community Matters Tour

Starting in February Elizabeth will kick off a national tour starting with visiting communities across Eastern Canada in her role of Leader of the Green Party of Canada in advance of the 2019 federal election. What matters to you? How would you improve our democracy? What can we all do together to secure our future, for humanity, for the natural world? 

Come share your priorities, concerns, and vision for Canada’s future at a Community Matters Town Hall near you.