Week in Review: April 29 – May 3
Welcome back 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.
This week, a newlywed Elizabeth urged her colleagues in the House to behave more like Prince Edward Islanders. She also addressed the undue influence of corporations on federal politics, posed a question on Canada’s vehicle emission standards, and took the government to task for restricting debate on yet another omnibus budget bill.
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Key Moments in the House
In the House of Commons:
- Question Period: Will Canada stand firm on its equivalency agreement for vehicle emissions standards with California?
- Opposition Motion: How do we root out what is essentially systemic levels of corruption?
- Opposition Motion: Corporate lobbies have too much influence
- Opposition motion: Corporate influence is why a government brings in carbon taxes then buys a pipeline
- Bill C-97: It is deeply offensive to have refugee rights limited within an omnibus budget bill
Highlight from last week:
Statements and Press Releases
In the News
Elizabeth May’s ‘Big Fat Green Wedding’; photos of ceremony and reception
(Times Colonist, Cindy E. Harnett, April 22)
Elizabeth May Urges MPs To ‘Be More Like Prince Edward Islanders’
(Huffington Post, Ryan Maloney, April 29)
- Power Play: View from the Hill
(CTV News, Don Martin, May 1)
All-Party group of MPs offer new pitch for ‘democratic empowerment’ by rewriting House rules
(iPolitics, Kady O’Malley, May 2)
How much will election campaign promises cost? PBO says he’ll find out
(CTV News, Rachel Aiello, May 2)
- Kurl: Here’s why Elizabeth May’s Green Party is drawing so much voter attention
(Ottawa Citizen, Shachi Kurl, May 3)
TUNE IN: Sunday, May 5 at 11:00 AM (EST) to watch Elizabeth on CTV’s Question Period with Evan Solomon
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 petitions calling on the government develop a comprehensive plan to deal with congestion at the Port of Vancouver and to offer humanitarian aid to the people on the Greek island of Samos.
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.
Committees, Briefs and Responses
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-387: This bill will establish a legislative framework for a national passenger rail service.
For a list of private members’ bills Elizabeth May has seconded, please visit elizabethmaymp.ca.
* Indicates that the bill is a Senate Public Bill
- Join Elizabeth May and Paul Manly for a Saturday morning brunch party
- Elizabeth May and Paul Manly attend the Hello Spring Craft Fair
- Elizabeth May and Paul Manly attend Curious Comicon in Nanaimo