Week in Review: May 13 – 17
Welcome back 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.
It was another exciting week for Elizabeth on Parliament Hill. Still celebrating the election of Paul Manly as soon-to-be Member of Parliament for the constituency of Nanaimo-Ladysmith, Elizabeth and Paul unveiled the Green Party’s “Mission: Possible” 20-point climate plan!
Meanwhile, in the House of Commons, both the Liberal and NDP caucuses put forward competing motions to debate climate change and declare a climate emergency in Canada. Although she was not given an opportunity to speak on the climate motions, she participated through questions and comments, and is looking forward to ongoing discussion on this critical subject.
Elizabeth stands with colleagues for Bike Day on the Hill
In other news, Elizabeth met with a myriad of organizations this week who shared their mandates and priorities, including Canada Bikes, the Canadian Council of Churches, World Vision, Save the Children, Plan International Canada, and Children First.
Elizabeth also attended the announcement of the Smart Cities Challenge winners on Tuesday. Although the South Island Prosperity Project did not win, Elizabeth was proud of the people who worked hard on this project. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!
Last night, between sittings in the House of Commons, Elizabeth made it to Kitchener to join Mike Morrice in celebrating his campaign launch. They were joined by a group of over 450 jovial individuals!
Elizabeth will be back in Saanich-Gulf Islands for a busy constituency week as of tomorrow, and she has a full schedule lined up. Stay tuned next week to learn about what she got up to back at home!
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Key Moments in the House
In the House of Commons:
- On Endangered Species Day, Elizabeth asks government to protect the Southern Mountain Caribou
- In debate: We need to acknowledge that we are in a national climate emergency
- In debate: We are in a climate emergency, and that requires less partisanship
- Government business: Canada's climate target is insufficient
- Elizabeth thanks her colleague the Hon. Mark Eyking for his work
- Bill C-55: The government's use of time allocation is becoming normalized
- Bill C-98: We need a citizen overview of the Canada Border Services Agency Act
Statements and Press Releases
- The Green Wave gathers momentum as Paul Manly sweeps to victory in Nanaimo-Ladysmith!
- Statement on Ramadan
In the News
Elizabeth May's Greens pledge to end foreign oil imports
(National Observer, May 17)
Elizabeth May joins Mike Morrice, Green Party of Canada candidate for Kitchener-Centre
(The Record, Luisa D'Amato, May 16)
Greens call for doubling of Canada's carbon emmissions reduction target
(CBC News, David Thurton, May 16)
Greens could have influential role in a potential coalition government
(National Post, John Ivison, May 16)
Greens unveil 20-point climate change plan
(The Toronto Star, Alex Ballingall, May 16)
Elizabeth May speaks on BNN Bloomberg panel with W. Brett Wilson and Joshua Ginsberg
(BNN Bloomberg, Catherine Murray, May 15)
Elizabeth May: History will judge Canadian leaders for lack of action on climate change
(Georgia Straight, Travis Lupick, May 14)
TUNE IN: Elizabeth will be on Radio Canada's Les Coulisses Du Pouvoir with Daniel Thibeault on May 19. You can watch the episode HERE.
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 four petitions:
- Stop the proposed pipeline from a Nova Scotia pulp mill into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence
- Protect the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales
- Address violence against Indigenous women and girls
- Provide aid and assistance to Greece for the ongoing refugee crisis
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