Elizabeth May’s Week in Review – March 2, 2018

Week in Review: February 26 – March 2

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. 

This week in the House, Elizabeth lambasted the government for drastically cutting short debate  on Bill C-69, the deeply flawed omnibus environmental legislation. She also commented on the Phoenix Pay System disaster and the Canada Summer Jobs snafu. You will also find in this issue a press release and various articles with her comments on Budget 2018. 

The House is in recess for the next two weeks. Stay tuned for the next Week in Review on March 23!

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Key Moments in the House


Earlier this week, the Liberals passed a motion for time allocation on Bill C-69, the environmental protections legislation. This shut down debate on a complex, deeply flawed omnibus bill.  It is now left to committees, which limit public participation, to make the necessary changes. 

Time allocation and omnibus legislation are two egregious practices the Liberals promised to leave behind in the Harper era. This government also promised to undo the damage of bills C-38 and C-45, which took the teeth out of environmental assessments, gutted the Fisheries Act, rescinded protections for 99% of Canada’s inland waterways, and gave almost limitless power to the National Energy Board.

In the speech below, Elizabeth excoriates the current administration for breaking all three promises.

Question Period


Time Allocation, Bill C-69: Impact Assessment Act

Bill S-210: Repealing the short title of the ‘Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act’

Opposition Motions

In the News

Public Statements


Elizabeth introduced the following petitions to the government this week: 

  • Extend the legislated tanker ban to cover the entire coast of British Columbia.
  • Confer legal status to each of the Great Lakes as living entities with powers under our laws, with a multi-interest Great Lakes tribunal led by Indigenous people to act as the voice for these newly created legal persons.
  • Support small family farmers internationally and ensure support for their right to preserve, use, and freely exchange seeds.

Note: 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. 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 Newsletter

December 2017 Newsletter – Truth & Reconciliation

Have Your Say

Engage in government consultations for key legislative items:

Carbon pricing: Regulatory framework for the output-based pricing system

Deadline: April 9

Development of Regulations – Proposed Impact Assessment Legislation

Deadline: April 15

Committee Briefs & Responses

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

Response Submitted to the “Environment and Regulatory Reviews: Discussion Paper”

Brief Submitted to the Expert Panel Reviewing Environmental Assessment Law

Brief Submitted to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change for the “Let’s Talk Parks Canada” Consultation

Brief Submitted to the Standing Committee on International Trade for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Consultation

Private Members’ Bills

Elizabeth May has introduced the following bills:

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.

Recent Events 

Monday, February 26

  • Elizabeth was a panelist for the Lisgar Speaker Series on environmental policy and Indigenous relations

Wednesday, February 28

  • Elizabeth met with representatives from the Canadian Association of Retired Persons
Left to right: Marissa Semkiw, Elizabeth, Wanda Morris

Thursday, March 1

  • Two students shadowed Elizabeth as part of the University of Toronto Women on the Hill program
Left to right: Angela Gu, Elizabeth, Rebecca Bukovcan

Upcoming Events 

Saturday, March 3

Wednesday, March 7

​Thursday, March 8

Monday, March 12

​Tuesday, March 13

​Wednesday, March 14

​Thursday, March 15

​Friday, March 23

As always, the support of the Green Party of Canada has been invaluable in enabling Elizabeth to hold the government to account on such a large number of issues. For more information on their work, or to get involved, please visit: https://www.greenparty.ca/