Elizabeth’s Week in Review – December 8, 2017

Week in Review: December 4 – 8

December 8, 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 called for an end to violence against women and for closing the gender wage gap. She introduced her Private Member's Bill, C-387, to strengthen Canada's passenger rail service. She spoke strongly in favour of Mr. Boudrias' (MP for Terrebone) bill to restore public funding to political parties. She lent equal support to Minister Carolyn Bennett's Bill C-61, which transfers authority over schools and education to the Anishinaabek Nation.

This newsletter covers Elizabeth's work in the House from December 4 to December 8.

* If you are having trouble viewing this email, please view online at: https://elizabethmaymp.ca/category/news/week-in-review/ 

Key Moments in the House


Private Member's Bills

Question Period


Adjournment Proceedings

Question of Privilege

Current Issues: Marine Protected Areas

Elizabeth submitted five amendments to Bill C-55, An Act to amend the Oceans Act and the Canada Petroleum Resources Act, which went through clause-by-clause consideration at the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans on Thursday, December 7.

Two of her amendments were passed by the committee: an amendment to add that ecological integrity be used as a criterion to establish a Marine Protected Area, and an amendment to ensure that within networks of protected areas, each individual MPA has clearly identified objectives, and that the network of protected areas covers diverse habitat types, biogeographic regions, and environmental conditions.

This marks an openness on the part of the Government to accept Green amendments. Elizabeth looks forward to working with Minister LeBlanc as Bill C-55 moves closer to becoming law.

In the Media

Public Statements


Elizabeth introduced the following petitions to the government this week: 

  • Publicly request the government of the People's Republic of China to launch an independent investigation into forced organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners.
  • Condemn the current practice in the People's Republic of China of systematically murdering Falun Gong practitioners.

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

Committee Briefs & Responses

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

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-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 

Sunday, December 3

Monday, December 4

​Thursday, December 7

Upcoming Events

Friday, December 8

Saturday, December 9

Sunday, December 10

​Thursday, December 14

​Friday, December 15

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/