Week in Review: May 6 – 10
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.
This week was particularly exciting as Elizabeth welcomed a second soon-to-be Member of Parliament into the Green Party caucus: Paul Manly, who will represent the constituency of Nanaimo-Ladysmith. The two will work tirelessly to bring a Green voice to the House of Commons. Paul’s priority is to be the best Member of Parliament to the constituents of Nanaimo-Ladysmith.
In other news, Elizabeth met with His Excellency the High Commissioner of India to Canada, Vikas Swarup – who is also the author of Q & A, the novel upon which the blockbuster film Slumdog Millionaire was based. The two discussed the ways that India and Canada can improve their diplomatic relations and help fight climate change.
On Friday, Elizabeth delivered a speech for Bill S-203, Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act. This proposed legislation has been battling its way through Parliament for almost three years, but it looks like it is in its final days at last. The bill made it through third reading and to report stage – we estimate just one more hour of debate to go! Stay tuned in the coming weeks regarding the status of this bill.
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Key Moments in the House
In the House of Commons:
- Bill C-91: We still have work to do on the Indigenous Languages Act
- Bill S-203: We need to pass this bill and free captive cetaceans, once and for all
- Bill C-84: The government’s use of time allocation is undemocratic
- Bill C-55: Let’s improve the Oceans Act and pass these amendments
Statements and Press Releases
- The Green Wave gathers momentum as Paul Manly sweeps to victory in Nanaimo-Ladysmith!
- Statement on Ramadan
In the News
- People aren’t just parking protest votes with the Greens anymore
(The Chronicle Herald, Jo-Ann Roberts, GPC Deputy Leader, May 10)
- Elizabeth May welcomes new Green Party MP Paul Manly to Ottawa
(Global News, May 10)
- Elizabeth attends press conference for Iran Accountability Week
(Chronicle Herald, Joseph Brean, May 9)
- Canada: climate change threat could herald ‘dawn of new era’ for Green party
(The Guardian, Leyland Cecco, May 9)
- Wilson-Raybould and Philpott will soon decide whether to join the Greens, May says
(CBC News, Elise von Scheel, May 8)
- Trudeau, Singh both have reason to worry about Green by-election breakthrough
(CBC News, Eric Grenier, May 7)
- Rise of the Greens? Elizabeth May reacts to the Green Party’s by-election win
(CTV News, Christy Somos, May 7)
- Greens’ dramatic by-election win reveals much about October vote
(The Tyee, Paul Willcocks, May 7)
- Green Leader Elizabeth May says B.C. by-election win shows party’s momentum
(Toronto Star, Alex Ballingall, May 7)
- Peter Van Dusen interviews Elizabeth May and Paul Manly on CPAC’s Primetime Politics
(CPAC, May 7)
- Don Martin interviews Elizabeth May on CTV’s Power Play
(CTV, May 7)
- Elizabeth speaks with Global News about Paul Manly’s by-election win
(Global News, May 7)
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