Green Caucus Week in Review 05/03 – 07

This week saw two Green anniversaries! On May 2nd, Elizabeth celebrated 10 years since she was elected Member of Parliament for Saanich – Gulf Islands. Paul celebrated 2 years as MP for Nanaimo – Ladysmith on May 6th.

Two emergency debates were called this week. On Wednesday, MPs debated the COVID-19 situation in Alberta, and on Thursday, they debated the closure of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline.

Member’s statements

Paul and Jenica had Member’s statements this week.

Paul used his statement to illustrate how women, especially vulnerable women, face the worst impacts of the crisis in housing affordability. He told the tragic story of a young Indigenous woman in Nanaimo who struggled with homelessness and recently died, stating that no one should be denied the right to a home.

In her statement, Jenica again pointed out the inconsistency between the government’s words and actions, this time concerning worker’s rights. She pointed out that on April 28, while the government observed a national day of mourning for workers injured or killed on the job, it also passed back-to-work legislation for striking dockworkers at the Port of Montreal.

Bill C-12: Canada’s Net-Zero Climate Accountability Act 

Recalling Greta Thunberg‘s words, “Net zero by 2050 is surrender,” Greens voted against Bill C-12 at second reading on Tuesday. Without near term targets, a 2025 milestone year, Greens wanted to make it very clear that they will not accept greenwashing. In a speech, Paul explained that weak targets and a failure to act quickly enough were among the reasons Greens could not vote for the Bill.

Questions and Statements

Key Moments

Emergency debate: COVID-19 in Alberta

Emergency debate: Line 5 pipeline shutdown


Further reading