Week in Review: April 8 – 12

Week in Review: April 8 – 12

Welcome to Elizabeth May’s parliamentary Week in Review! This weekly e-newsletter recaps her work in Parliament when the House is in session. Using the links below, you can watch videos of Elizabeth’s interventions in the House, keep up with her media releases, and read articles she has written.

This week was relatively quiet in the House of Commons compared to the political drama that has been unfolding over the past weeks, but the critical work being done on behalf of Canadians continued. 

The debate started on the Government’s omnibus budget bill. This legislation, introduced as one bill, would require 35 separate changes to other pieces of legislation. The practice of omnibus bills is deeply anti-democratic and limits the opportunities MPs have to engage meaningfully. Elizabeth has consistently spoken out against this practice in and out of the House of Commons. 

In addition to challenging the use of omnibus bills, Elizabeth spoke to Bill C-88, An Act to amend the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act and the Canada Petroleum Resources Act, and C-97, the Budget Implementation Act, 2019, No. 1, in the House of Commons. She also attended a Press Conference with MPs from all parties marking the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide.

Bill S-203, An Act to End the Keeping of Whales and Dolphins in Captivity, reported back to the House of Commons from the Fisheries and Oceans Committee. The first hour of third reading debate on this legislation will take place on May 10th. We will be sure to keep you updated on ways you can help as it progresses.

The next Week in Review will be the week of April 29th when the House returns. For further updates on Elizabeth’s activities, you can follow her on Facebook, @ElizabethMayMP and Twitter, @ElizabethMay.

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Key Moments in the House

In the House of Commons:

Press Conference:

Highlight from last week:

Statements and Press Releases

In the News


Elizabeth presents petitions once the deadline for signatures has passed. After presentation in the House, the government has 45 calendar days to table a response.

This week Elizabeth presented petitions calling on the government to implement all 75 recommendations from the Cohen Report on Wild Salmon and calling on the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans to expedite the creation of marine protected areas by elimination multilateral communications problems. 

You may read the governments’ responses to petitions Elizabeth has introduced here.

View and sign open e-petitions currently sponsored by Elizabeth here.

Learn about the e-petition process or create one of your own here.

Community Newsletters

December 2018 – Health Care

September 2018 – Immigration and Refugees

Committees, Briefs and Responses

Submission to Consultations on the Draft Federal Sustainable Development Strategy

Submission to Fisheries and Oceans Canada on Proposed Regulations on Rebuilding Plans

Submission to the Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Branch on Edible Cannabis

Submission to the Consultations on the Initial Environmental Assessment of the New NAFTA

Submission on the External Review of the Critical Habitat Section for Resident Killer Whales

Application to Continue to Participate as an Intervenor in the National Energy Board Trans Mountain Review

Submission to the Consultations on Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements (FIPAs) and Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)

Submission to the Consultations on an Amendment to Aquaculture Regulation

Submission to the Transport Canada Parliamentary Consultation

Submission to the Consultations on the Federal Carbon Pricing System

Submission to the Consultations on the Federal Leaders’ Debates

Submission to the Consultations on Health Canada’s Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis

Submission to the Consultations on the Proposed Excise Duty Framework for Cannabis Products

Submission to the Canada-Pacific Trade Consultations

Brief Submitted to the NAFTA Renegotiation Consultation

Brief Submitted to the Minister of Food and Agriculture Canada for “A Food Policy for Canada”

Response Submitted to the Consultations on Tax Planning Using Private Corporations

Private Members’ Bills

Elizabeth May has introduced the following bills:

Bill S-203: This bill will outlaw the cruel practice of keeping whales, dolphins and porpoises in captivity.*

Bill C-401: This bill will lower the voting age to 16.

Bill C-387: This bill will establish a legislative framework for a national passenger rail service.

Bill C-269: This bill will abolish mandatory minimum sentences for all crimes except murder and treason.

Bill C-258: This “Think Small First” bill would require that every new bill introduced in the House undergo an assessment to determine how the bill would impact Canadian small businesses.

Bill C-259: The Open Science Act would require all federal departments to make all publicly funded scientific research available to Canadians on their websites.

For a list of private members’ bills Elizabeth May has seconded, please visit elizabethmaymp.ca.

* Indicates that the bill is a Senate Public Bill

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