Week in Review: October 1 – 5
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.
As the clock continues to tick, the situation in the Gulf of St. Lawrence remains an urgent issue. On Tuesday, Elizabeth called for an Emergency Debate in the House of Commons to discuss the scientific warnings that come from the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Unfortunately, the Speaker did not agree that this situation met the criteria for an emergency debate.
In light of everything we need to do to protect the Gulf of St. Lawrence, destructive projects continue to be approved with little forethought. One of these projects that comes to mind is the situation in Pictou County, Nova Scotia where the Kraft pulp mill continues to pump daily tens of millions of litres of discharge into the Gulf. Elizabeth is the sponsor of e-petition 1750, calling on the government to conduct a full environmental assessment of this project, sign and share this petition to help bring this issue to light. The deadline to sign this petition is October 19.
This Thanksgiving long weekend, Elizabeth and her team wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.
Elizabeth returns to Saanich-Gulf Islands next week. Our next Week in Review will be the week of October 14 when Parliament resumes.
For further updates on Elizabeth’s activities, you can follow her on Facebook, @ElizabethMayMP.
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Key Moments in the House
Bill C-79 – An Act to implement the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership:
Statements & Press Releases
- “The clock could well be running out” Elizabeth May urges government to heed new report from Environment Commissioner
- Elizabeth May calls for emergency debate on threat to marine life in Gulf of St. Lawrence
In the News
- “Why the Quebec election should have Justin Trudeau worried”
(Michael Harris, iPolitics, October 4)
- “Quebec, N.B. elections show voters are open to something new “
(Éric Grenier, CBC News, October 4)
- “Trudeau exhorté de mieux protéger lestravailleuses étrangères domestiques”
(Christopher Nardi, TVA, October 4)
- Free Willy bill up against tide of Tory stalling tactics — again
(Holly Lake, iPolitics, October 3)
- Lack of oxygen in Gulf of St. Lawrence needs emergency action, says activist
(Norma Jean MacPhee, CBC News, October 3)
This week, Elizabeth presented petitions supporting the following:
- Violence against Women/Murdered and Missing Aboriginal Women (shifting cultural attitudes require structural changes to education and socialization)
- Youth, Climate Change and Carbon Tax (fulfill Canada’s obligations under the Paris Agreement with a plan to meet targets by eliminating fossil fuel subsidies, investing in renewable energy, etc.)
- Stop the buy out of the Trans Mountain Pipeline (and invest the money used into renewable resources)
- Protect Falun Gong practitioners (calling for the release of an imprisoned Canadian, Sun Qian)
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 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.
This week in Ottawa Elizabeth attended the following events:
October 2, 2018
- Attend the opening of Sharkwater Extinction documentary in Ottawa
- Attended the Mental Illness Awareness Week 2018 Reception hosted by the Speaker
October 3, 2018
Iqra Khalid, Karen Vecchio, and Equal Voice ED Nancy Peckford
October 12, 2018
October 13, 2018
October 13, 2018