Green Caucus Week in Review: 12/09-13

Week in Review: December 9 – 13

Welcome back to the parliamentary Week in Review for our Green Members of Parliament! After a long election, three Green MPs returned to Ottawa. Paul Manly and Elizabeth May were re-elected by their constituents, and they are joined by Jenica Atwin, the newest Green Party Member of Parliament from Fredericton. 

The new Green Caucus hit the ground running when parliament resumed on December 5th with the election of the Speaker and the Speech from the Throne. After two packed days in Ottawa, Elizabeth travelled to Madrid, Spain to take part in the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25 – International Climate Change Negotiations) as a member of the Canadian Government delegation.  Paul and Jenica remained in Ottawa participating in a wide range of debates in the House of Commons. 

After a short week and a half in Ottawa, the House of Commons has risen until late January, when the MPs return to work in our new minority parliament. With a new and larger caucus, the format of this newsletter will be changing in 2020 to keep you up to date on all the good work Green MPs are doing in Ottawa and in their ridings. For now please accept our best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season and we'll see you in the new year.

For further updates on Elizabeth's activities, you can follow her on Facebook, @ElizabethMayMP and on Twitter, @ElizabethMay. For updates on Paul's activities, follow him on Facebook, @paulmanlymp and on his website, For updates on Jenica's activities, follow her on Facebook, @JenicaAtwinFredericton and on Twitter, @JenicaAtwin.

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Key Moments:

(Green Party Interim Leader Jo-Ann Roberts, MP Jenica Atwin and
MP Paul Manly 
with MP Elizabeth May at her swearing-in ceremony.)

In the House of Commons

Press Conference


Statements and Press Releases

In the News

While at COP25, ​Elizabeth May has been writing for Policy Magazine, you can read her updates here:

Community Newsletters

MP Elizabeth May's Community Newsletters:

January 2020 – Truth in advertising

August 2019 – Housing

May 2019 – Fake News

Community Newsletters from MPs Manly and Atwin coming soon.


MP Elizabeth May's January 2020 Community Meetings:

January 10 – Mayne Island

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Mayne Island Community Centre

493 Felix Jack Road

January 12 – Gordon Head

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Reynolds Secondary School

3963 Borden Street

January 14 – Sidney

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Mary Winspear Centre

2243 Beacon Avenue

January 15 – Saturna Island

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Saturna Island Rec Centre

109 East Point Road

January 17 – Salt Spring Island

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Gulf Islands Secondary School

232 Rainbow Road

January 18 – Broadmead

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Royal Oak Women’s Institute

4526 W Saanich Road

January 21 – Pender Island

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Pender Island Community Hall

4418 Bedwell Harbour Road

January 23 – Galiano Island

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Galiano South Community Hall

141 Sturdies Bay Road

January 25 – Central Saanich

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Brentwood Bay Community Club

7082 Wallace Drive

Job Opportunity

Elizabeth May’s Constituency office in Sidney has a job opportunity. One of our current team members is going on maternity leave for a period of 12-18 months.

We are seeking to fill a temporary part-time Constituent Advocate position in January 2020. If you are interested in being considered for this position, please send your letter of interest and resume to Debra Eindiguer, Chief of Staff at [email protected] by Monday, January 6th, 2020.

LOCATION: Constituency Office in Sidney, BC

Job Description

  • Primary focus is managing constituency cases:
    • Receive, assess, manage and resolve requests for assistance from Constituents, regarding Revenue Canada, Immigration, Employment issues for example.
    • Setup a file for Constituent and keep the Member up to date and engaged on the file.
    • Track and document all communications regarding the case file (with the Constituent and with government department personnel).
    • Keep Constituent up to date on developments of the file.
  • Performs research as needed by Member and for the purpose of resolving constituency concerns/issues.
  • Assists with administration of office operations working with Riding team and Chief of Staff.
  • Coordinates correspondence both email and mail regarding local issues working with Constituency Coordinator and Constituent Assistant.  
  • Assists Member as needed for special projects.
  • Attends events and meetings with Member as requested by Constituency Coordinator.
  • Assists with phones and reception duties as needed.

Position Requirements

  • Experience in field of social work. A post-secondary degree in social work will be an asset.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, experience working with clients to settle conflicts.
  • Familiarity in navigating Federal agencies such as Revenue Canada, Immigration Canada, Service Canada.
  • Familiarity with local issues of the Saanich-Gulf Island, Vancouver Island.
  • Experience at working both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment is essential.
  • Ability to handle, and to conform to changes in casework; respond quickly to urgent cases. A strong sense of urgency.
  • Capable of working under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Good computer skills in Microsoft Office, CRM software experience is not required but will be an asset.