Week in Review: February 4 – 8
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 in the House of Commons Elizabeth spoke on a wide range of issues, met with various stakeholder groups. In addition to the usual business of the House, the government introduced An Act Respecting Indigenous Languages. This is a historic piece of legislation that Elizabeth looks forward to seeing it pass before the election, with significant improvements.
Starting on Thursday night in Montreal, Elizabeth kicked off the Community Matters Tour by hosting a Town Hall with Daniel Green (Green Party Deputy Leader). This national tour will take Elizabeth to communities across Canada in advance of the fall election. To learn more, take a look at the section at the end of this newsletter.
In question period Elizabeth asked the Prime Minister if he would support passing Bill S-203, An Act to End the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins before the next election. While his answer was supportive of the principle of the bill, he would not commit to passing it. Click here to send a letter to Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Jonathan Wilkinson supporting Bill S-203.
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Key Moments in the House
In the House of Commons:
- Thanking Scott Brison for his service to Canada
- Fighting the use of time allocation
- Over 6,000 Canadians are calling on the government to protect the Gulf of St. Lawrence
- 15,000 Canadians call on the government: stop investing in Kinder Morgan
- Bill S-203 passes second reading in the House of Commons (highlight from last week)
- Elizabeth May questions the Prime Minister on Bill S-203 — share this video on Twitter
Statements and Press Releases
In the News
- Political panel heats up over bill aiming to change how energy projects get approval
(APTN, Nation to Nation, Todd Lamirande, February 8) starts at 17:20
- CTV QP: One on one interview with Evan Solomon
(CTV, Evan Solomon, February 4)
- Federal Greens undaunted by provincial Greens’ byelection results
(Nanaimo News Bulletin, Greg Sakaki, February 4)
This week Elizabeth presented the following petitions:
Environmental Protection: calling on the government to stop investing in Kinder Morgan
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.
Committees, Briefs and Responses
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-387: This bill will establish a legislative framework for a national passenger rail service.
For a list of private members’ bills Elizabeth May has seconded, please visit elizabethmaymp.ca.
* Indicates that the bill is a Senate Public Bill
- Community Matters Town Hall in Quebec City
- Elizabeth will attend the Carnaval de Quebec and meet le Bonhomme
- Elizabeth and MLA Megan Mitton (New Brunswick Greens) will meet with students at Mount Allison University
- Community Matters Town Hall in Moncton
- Elizabeth meets with students at the University of PEI
- Community Matters Town Hall in Charlottetown with MLA Peter Bevanbaker (Leader, PEI Greens)
- Elizabeth speaks to university students in Fredericton
- Elizabeth delivers the University of New Brunswick annual Viscount Bennett Memorial Lecture
- Elizabeth meets with students at Dalhousie University
- Community Matters Town Hall in Halifax with Jo-Ann Roberts (Deputy Leader, Green Party of Canada)
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.
Stay tuned for more information about future tour dates.