Week in Review: November 5 – 9
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.
In between meeting with stakeholders and speaking in the House of Commons, Elizabeth had an eventful week attending several committee meetings. At the Procedure and House Affairs committee (PROC) Elizabeth and her colleagues questioned the Rt. Hon. David Johnston on his nomination for the position of the Federal Leaders Debates Commissioner. Elizabeth also appeared before a PROC sub-committee to ensure Bill S-203, the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, was deemed votable in the House of Commons.
Elizabeth spent much of Wednesday until 11 pm at the Human Resources and Social Development committee fighting for the rights of Canadians living with disabilities and defending her amendments to Bill C-81, An Act to Ensure a Barrier Free Canada. At the heart of Elizabeth’s amendments was an attempt to insert a timeline for when the changes in the Act would come into force.
Elizabeth returns to Saanich-Gulf Islands next week. Week in Review returns the week of November 19 when Parliament resumes.
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Key Moments in the House
Elizabeth’s Remembrance Day Message:
- Responding to the Prime Minister’s statement – an apology to Jewish refugees
- Remembering our veterans
- Lest we forget
Statements and Press Releases
In the News
- The Pollcast: Elizabeth May and the rising Green tide
(CBC News, Éric Grenier, November 8)
- May warns Ottawa will be forced to pay for oilpatch cleanup costs
(Canada’s National Observer, Carl Meyer, November 7)
- Federal government ‘failed’ test of its humanity by turning away Jewish refugees in 1939, says Trudeau
(CBC News, Peter Zimonjic, November 7)
- Federal Green party seeing an increase in support in P.E.I.
(The Guardian, Stu Neatby, November 7)
- Canada risk ‘climate change detour’ if new nuclear reactors get built: advocacy group
(Huffpost, Zi-Ann Lum, November 7)
- Sidney Summit to forge a path to sustainability ‘one backyard at a time’
(Sooke News Mirror, Kristyn Anthony, November 6)
- Liberal MP Sean Fraser calls climate change an ‘existential challenge’
(Huffpost, Zi-Ann Lum, November 2)
Elizabeth presented a petition from the residents of Pictou County, Nova Scotia. The petitioners are calling on the House to take action and stop the construction of a new discharge pipe into the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
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
Elizabeth attended the following events:
November 8, 2018
- Elizabeth attended the Kristallnacht Remembrance Ceremony at the Emanu-El Synagogue in Victoria
November 7, 2018
- Elizabeth delivered ScalingUp Conference’s Opening Keynote: 1.5 To Stay Alive
November 5, 2018
- Elizabeth met with the Youth Leadership in Sustainability program from Peterborough, ON
November 10, 2018
- Elizabeth speaks at the Sidney Summit on Habitat & Environment
November 11, 2018
- Elizabeth lays a wreath on behalf of the Government of Canada at the Sidney-by-the-Sea Remembrance Day Ceremony
December 8 – 15, 2018