Elizabeth’s Week in Review – December 1, 2017

Week in Review: November 27 – December 1

December 1, 2017

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, Elizabeth offered remarks in support of the government’s official apology for the LGBT Purge. She also questioned Minister McKenna regarding the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, provided in-depth comments on the Budget Implementation Act, and offered amendments to the Oil Tanker Moratorium bill in committee.

This newsletter covers Elizabeth’s work in the House from November 27 to December 1.

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Key Moments in the House


On Tuesday, the Prime Minister offered a heartfelt apology on behalf of the federal government for decades of “state-sponsored, systematic oppression and rejection” of LGBTQ2 Canadians. The class action settlement with the government includes $100 million in financial compensation to victims of the purge.

Party leaders, including Elizabeth May, followed with their own remarks. She was honoured to have as her guests that day two constituents who stand as outstanding examples of the talent and excellence we are deprived of as a society when we discriminate against certain groups of people. You can watch Elizabeth’s speech by clicking the image below.

Question Period



In the Media

Public Statements


Elizabeth introduced the following petitions to the government this week: 

  • Examine the carbon fee and dividend as a model for carbon pricing. 
  • Incrementally increase the carbon price to at least $150 by 2030.
  • Prime Minister Trudeau should raise the plight of Falun Dafa and Falun Gong practitioners on his trip to China and demand the release of Canadian citizen Qian Sun.
  • Eliminate interest charges on the student debt of Canada Student Loans’ borrowers and act to eliminate interest charges on all student debt.

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

September 2017 Newsletter – Repair our Environmental, Privacy and Security Laws

Committee Briefs & Responses

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

Brief Submitted to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities in Response to their Review of the Navigation Protection Act

Brief Submitted to the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans in Response to the Review of Changes to the Fisheries Act

Brief Submitted to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development on the Canadian Environmental Protection Act

Private Members’ Bills

Elizabeth May has introduced the following bills:

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 

Thursday, November 23

Monday, November 27

Tuesday, November 28

Wednesday, November 29

Upcoming Events

Sunday, December 3

Friday, December 8

Sunday, December 10

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/