Week in Review 12/6-10

Private Members’ Business

On Thursday, Elizabeth tabled Bill C-209, with the goal of eliminating mandatory minimum penalties from the criminal code and other bills.

Historically, Elizabeth was successful in passing two PMBs: An Act respecting a Federal Framework on Lyme Diseaseand the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, in 2015 and 2019, respectively.

Questions and Statements

On December 6th, for her monthly 60-second statement, Elizabeth chose to speak on the issue of violence against women and gave a moving statement on the 32nd anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre. Mike would have spoken on the same topic in a round of speeches from each party, as, for the last ten years, Greens have been allowed to do, but was denied this opportunity by the Conservatives.

During Question Period on Wednesday, Mike alerted the Minister to increasing deaths from poisoned drug supply in his riding. He asked when the government would move toward decriminalizing drugs to save lives.

Elizabeth’s question on Wednesday was the first that she was able to ask the Prime Minister since 2019. For two years, Greens have been blocked from asking questions on Wednesdays, when the Prime Minister answers all questions. After much negotiation, Greens are finally allowed again to ask questions on Wednesdays. Elizabeth pressed the Prime Minister to commit to offering reliable, convenient and low-carbon ground transportation across the country, in the name of Reconciliation.

Key Moments