Week in Review: February 25 – March 1

Week in Review: February 25 – March 1

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 was an explosive week in Ottawa. As you have likely already heard, former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, the Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould testified at the House of Commons Justice Committee about the SNC-Lavalin affair. Wilson-Raybould’s testimony was powerful, courageous and was delivered with the utmost integrity. During this committee meeting, Elizabeth had the opportunity to ask questions about the Clerk of the Privy Council’s role in this affair. 

In Question Period, the day after Wilson-Raybould’s testimony, Elizabeth called on the government to fire the Clerk of the Privy Council. The Clerk’s conduct in the SNC-Lavalin affair was an unprecedented breach of the non-partisan nature of this role. This political interference carried out by the Clerk has shaken Canadian’s faith in our institutions. Elizabeth participated in an Emergency Debate until past midnight on the SNC-Lavalin affair. 

On Thursday, Elizabeth held a press conference calling out the Alberta government on their misleading ‘Keep Canada Working’ campaign. To learn more visit www.greenparty.ca/en/keep-canada-working. In the House of Commons Elizabeth pressed the government to fix the ‘gold diggers’ law and spoke about treating all prisoners with respect. 

Last week Elizabeth delivered the annual Viscount Bennett Memorial Lecture at the University of New Brunswick. Her speech, 1.5° to Stay Alive – Honest Hope in Dangerous Times, focused on what we need to do as a global community to change course and avoid catastrophic climate change. This speech can be found here

Parliament is on break for the next two weeks. Elizabeth will continue traveling across Canada as part of the Community Matters Tour visiting British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatewan and Manitoba.

For further updates on Elizabeth’s activities, you can follow her on Facebook, @ElizabethMayMP and on Twitter, @ElizabethMay.

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Key Moments in the House

Question Period:

In the House of Commons:

Press Conference:

Past speeches:

Statements and Press Releases

In the News

TUNE IN: Sunday, March 3 to watch Elizabeth on CTV’s Question Period with Evan Solomon


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.

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 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

Upcoming Events

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Green Party of Canada – Community Matters Tour

Starting in February Elizabeth will kick off a national tour starting with visiting communities across Eastern Canada in her role of Leader of the Green Party of Canada in advance of the 2019 federal election. What matters to you? How would you improve our democracy? What can we all do together to secure our future, for humanity, for the natural world? 

Come share your priorities, concerns, and vision for Canada’s future at a Community Matters Town Hall near you.