Welcome back to the Green Caucus Week in Review.
On Wednesday, Elizabeth May paid tribute to the late Bill Blaikie, longtime Manitoba New Democrat whose political career spanned more than three decades, and whom Elizabeth called a friend for over 35 years.
On Thursday, Elizabeth and Interim Leader Dr. Amita Kuttner held a press conference ahead of projected rain in BC. “After months of no rain and record-breaking temperatures, the forecast of rain this weekend could mean risk of flooding,” said Dr. Amita Kuttner, who is from North Vancouver. The province of BC was not prepared for the heat dome of 2021; It should prepare for the potential risk of floods for the second year in a row in BC. Elizabeth and Amita called for the government to follow through with their promise to create a Canada Water Agency, and that it be independent.
Canada Disability Benefit
On Monday, Mike sponsored a reception with Disability without Poverty about Bill C-22, the Canada Disability Benefit Act. The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, attended and thanked Mike for his work as a champion of disability rights. Representatives from the disability community spoke about their efforts to push the government to prioritize this bill. During the reception, Bill C-22 was being debated in the house, and an announcement mid-event revealed an agreement to end debate so the bill could go to vote the very next day. On Tuesday, Bill C-22 passed unanimously to be sent to committee. This is a huge win for the disability community in Canada.