Week in Review: February 24 – 28 (le français suit)
(Green caucus with author Guy Dauncey at an All-Party Climate Caucus event)
This week started with a rally in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs on Monday morning. MP Paul Manly and caucus staff joined more than four hundred youth activists in front of the Prime Minister’s Office and marched passed the Parliament Buildings. That day, MP Jenica Atwin spoke to Bill C-6, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act. Bill C-6 would amend the oath of citizenship, to acknowledge the treaty and land rights of Indigenous peoples. Jenica stood to say that the Bill was a good first step, but did not go far enough.
On Sunday evening, Teck Resources Limited announced that they pulled their application for a giant oilsands mine in Alberta. Following this announcement, the Conservatives pressed for an emergency debate, and the House was called to sit until midnight on Tuesday. The Green caucus rejected that Teck's decision constituted an emergency of any kind, and countered that the real crisis is the climate emergency. Elizabeth delivered her speech just before midnight.
On Wednesday, Elizabeth chaired a meeting with the All-Party Climate Caucus. The guest speaker was Guy Dauncey, author, eco-futurist, and constituent of Paul Manly. Mr. Dauncey presented his work, Climate Emergency: a 26-Week Transition Program for Canada.
This week, Paul Manly presented an amendment on the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) during the clause-by-clause debate, which was finalized and reported to the House. While the majority of the committee voted against Paul's amendment, he was commended for his contribution. As well, Second Reading debate began on Bill C-7, the improved Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) legislation. Elizabeth spoke to the bill on Thursday afternoon.
Read on for Green Caucus interventions, questions, and statements in the House this week.
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(Paul Manly at the Wet'suwet'en rally on Parliament Hill, February 25)
- Jenica Atwin: Bill C-6 will have a positive impact on the immigration process in Canada
- Elizabeth May calls on the Liberals to "stand for something" during the Teck Resources Limited emergency debate
- Elizabeth May: a just transition for oil and gas workers is essential
- Paul Manly advocates for basic dental care for all Canadians
- Elizabeth May debates Bill C-7, Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)
Question Period and Member's Statements
- Jenica Atwin commends the House of Commons Translation Bureau for their work on gender inclusivity and Indigenous languages
- Paul Manly asks the government to mandate improvements in the Port of Vancouver and ban US thermal coal exports
- Jenica Atwin asks the Minister of Finance to confirm funding for a national mental health framework
- Paul Manly: The government has had 23 years to work with the Wet'suwet'en Nation
- Elizabeth May: We need to set a new climate target
Statements and Press Releases
In Their Own Words
- Elizabeth May – Good Sunday Morning weekly blog
- Paul Manly – Wet'suwet'en: An Open Letter to Justin Trudeau and John Horgan
- Closes February 28! Stand with Wet'suwet'en
- Public Climate Finance
- Reduce Microplastic Pollution
- Closes March 9! Electoral Reform
- Pesticides at CFB Gagetown
- Classify CBD as a Natural Health Product
- Open competition for research funding for all qualified Canadian scholars
- Violence against Women and Pay Equity
- Implement all 75 recommendations of the Cohen commission to protect wild salmon
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