Week in Review 01-31/02-04

This week on Parliament Hill was like no other. The first sitting day of the session saw the roads outside the Parliament buildings flooded with demonstrators protesting vaccine mandates.

Despite the distractions, Elizabeth and Mike worked together this week to bring the government’s attention to important issues.

Private Member’s Bill

On Wednesday, Elizabeth tabled a Private Member’s Bill (PMB), which was seconded by Mike! If passed, the bill will require Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault to work with interested groups and individuals to develop a national strategy to assess, prevent and address environmental racism and advance environmental justice.

Question Period

Mike and Elizabeth both had questions this week. On Monday, Mike asked the government to listen to the advice of over 400 scientists and scrap a proposed new fossil fuel subsidy.

On Wednesday, Elizabeth noted that an iron ore mine in Baffinland, Nunavut, appears to be expanding without a permit. She asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Northern Affairs to ensure that the mine does not cut corners.

Remembering Alexa McDonough

On Monday, all MPs paid tribute to the late Alexa McDonough. Elizabeth and Alexa were friends for decades, so she sought the opportunity to say a few words about her dearly departed friend. Unfortunately, the Conservatives denied Elizabeth the right to speak. You can watch what Elizabeth would have said in the house here.

Key Moments