Week in Review: September 28 – October 2 (le français suit)
This week saw all three Green MPs in Ottawa to debate Bill C-4 and continue debate on the Speech from the Throne. The Bill passed unanimously in the early morning of Wednesday, Sept 29. Bill C-4 lays the groundwork for the financial aid programs that will replace CERB. With the passing of Bill C-4, the Liberals survived their first confidence vote, allaying some fear of a snap election in the fall.
The night that Bill C-4 passed, Elizabeth was in her seat until about 3:30 am, while Paul and Jenica participated virtually until the end. Restricted attendance in the House meant that only one Green MP could be there at a time. Elizabeth, Paul and Jenica took turns being physically in the House or participating on Zoom from their offices in Ottawa.
Greens had many meaningful interventions this week. Paul gave a heartfelt speech to commemorate Orange Shirt Day on September 30, a day that honours survivors of residential schools. Jenica spoke out against conversion therapy, and the need for funding to save Clinic 554 in New Brunswick. And Elizabeth, commenting on Bill C-4 at 1:30 am, reminded the House that although Canada is struggling during this time, it is not failing. She also mourned the tragic death of Joyce Echaquan at the Joliette Hospital in Quebec.
Fisheries on both coasts were in the spotlight for Greens this week. September 30 marked the day when open-net pen aquaculture should be removed from the ocean, a deadline set by the Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River in 2009. Elizabeth condemned the DFO for not acting to remove fish farms from the ocean in time, and Paul stated that true reconciliation with Indigenous peoples cannot be achieved without saving wild salmon. On Thursday night, marking Mi’kmaq Treaty Day in Nova Scotia, Jenica urged the DFO to respect the inherent and collective treaty rights of Mi’kmaq fishers and to immediately convene a discussion table.
This week, Green MPs also addressed the need for a wealth tax. Paul explained that millions of Canadians, including front-line workers in grocery stores, for example, have been struggling financially during the pandemic, while owners of grocery store chains have increased their wealth by billions. Elizabeth cited a wealth tax as a much needed source of revenue for the government to redistribute to those that need it most.
Don’t forget to vote for the new Leader of the Green Party of Canada. Voting ends this Saturday at 3:30 pm Pacific on October 3.
Paul Manly wearing an orange shirt in the House of Commons
- Elizabeth May: The DFO is cooking their science on risks to Pacific salmon from fish farms
- Jenica Atwin: How GLI would help Canadians
- Jenica Atwin: Conversion Therapy has no place in Canada
- Paul Manly’s statement on Orange Shirt Day
- Elizabeth May on Bill C-4: Canada is struggling, not failing
- Paul Manly: Would the leader of the NDP support a ban on fracking?
- Jenica Atwin: DFO needs to clarify how Indigenous fisheries can operate to avoid further conflict
Question Period and Member’s Statements
- Elizabeth May: Is it not time to implement a Guaranteed Livable Income?
- Jenica Atwin: 21 years ago, the Marshal Decision affirmed Indigenous peoples’ right to earn a moderate livelihood from fishing
- Elizabeth May: Was ceasing committee work justified during prorogation?
- Paul Manly: Disabled people need assistance and are at risk of homelessness
- Elizabeth May: Canada needs a wealth tax
- Elizabeth May: The federal NDP needs to press the government to act on climate change
- Paul Manly: To achieve true reconciliation, we must protect wild salmon
- Paul Manly: A wealth tax would address major income inequality in Canada
- Elizabeth May: Joyce Echaquan’s death is a tragedy and should never happen again
- Jenica Atwin: New Brunswick needs federal funding to save Clinic 554
- Paul Manly: Canada’s hands are tied for 31 years with the Harper-era Canada-China FIPA
- Elizabeth May proposes fast-tracking Bill C3, to make sexual assault sensitivity education mandatory for judges
Statements and Press Releases
- Green Party honours Orange Shirt Day
- Greens call out outrageous misuse of public funds by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
In Their Own Words
In The Media
- Jenica Atwin – 36 Senators sign letter in support of Clinic 554 (CBC)
- Jenica Atwin – Co-managed approach, self-governing fisheries the answer to long-simmering lobster dispute, says Senator (Hill Times)
- Jenica Atwin – Two decades after the ‘Burnt Church’ crisis, disputes flare up over Indigenous fishing rights in Atlantic Canada (Globe and Mail)
E-petitions open for signature
- e-2827 Support an amendment to the Rome Statute (closes October 2)
- e-2615 Divest CPP from fossil fuel investments (closes October 3)
- e-2783 Declare a public health emergency due to overdose deaths in Canada (closes October 10)
- e-2794 Put a price on carbon (closes October 13)
- e-2797 Cancel prison agribusiness (closes October 13)
- e-2729 Accomodate environmental sensitivities (closes October 19)
- e-2776 Divest CPPIB from open-net pen aquaculture (closes 24 October)
- e-2667 Ensure the human rights of Palestinian children (closes November 3)
- e-2837 Eliminate commercial anchorages in the Southern Gulf Islands (closes November 14)
- e-2708 Hold Turkey accountable for human rights violations (closes November 26)
- e-2828 Reject the Roberts Bank Container Terminal 2 Project (closes December 2)
- e-2836 Implement a GLI for all Canadians (closes December 14)