On Monday, MPs went into late-night sittings to debate the government decision to delay the expansion of access to Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) to patients suffering from mental health issues. In a speech, Mike encouraged the government to expand the social safety net before expanding access to MAiD. Elizabeth agreed, stating that not enough has been done to fully understand the consequences of extending MAiD in this way.
On February 14th, Elizabeth May and NDP MP Alistair MacGregor hosted a press conference with TheraPsil, an organization advocating for access to medical and therapeutic Psilocybin treatments. A stage 4 breast cancer patient who had received psilocybin treatments guided by a trained therapist shared her story on the press conference panel.
On February 16th, Elizabeth, Mike and Jonathan took the mic (starting at 13:46) before Question Period to highlight issues of child poverty and the need for the Canada Disability Benefit to be pushed through as quickly as possible.
In Question Period, Elizabeth called out Big Oil producers who made exorbitant profits since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, calling them “war profiteers.” She asked when the government planned on taxing back those excess profits.
Mike highlighted the need to reunite those impacted by the devastating earthquakes in Syria and Turkey with their concerned family members here in Canada.
The House is scheduled to resume sitting on March 6th. Until then, stay safe and thank you for reading the Green Caucus Week in Review.