Week in Review: October 1-5

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.

* If you are having trouble viewing this email, please view online at: https://elizabethmaymp.ca/news/2018/09/28/week-in-review

Key Moments in the House

Press Conference

Question Period


Emergency Debate:

Bill C-79 – An Act to implement the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership:

Environment Committee:

Statements & Press Releases

In the News


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.

Community Newsletter

September 2018 – Immigration and Refugees 

Committees, Briefs and Responses

Submission to the Consultations on an Amendment to Aquaculture Regulation

Submission to the Transport Canada Parliamentary Consultation

Submission to the Consultations on the Federal Carbon Pricing System

Submission to the Consultations on the Federal Leaders’ Debates

Submission to the Consultations on Health Canada’s Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis

Submission to the Consultations on the Proposed Excise Duty Framework for Cannabis Products

Submission to the Canada-Pacific Trade Consultations

Brief Submitted to the NAFTA Renegotiation Consultation

Brief Submitted to the Minister of Food and Agriculture Canada for “A Food Policy for Canada”

Response Submitted to the Consultations on Tax Planning Using Private Corporations

Private Members’ Bills

Elizabeth May has introduced the following bills:

Bill C-401: This bill will lower the voting age to 16.

Bill C-387: This bill will establish a legislative framework for a national passenger rail service.

Bill C-269: This bill will abolish mandatory minimum sentences for all crimes except murder and treason.

Bill C-258: This “Think Small First” bill would require that every new bill introduced in the House undergo an assessment to determine how the bill would impact Canadian small businesses.

Bill C-259: The Open Science Act would require all federal departments to make all publicly funded scientific research available to Canadians on their websites.

For a list of private members’ bills Elizabeth May has seconded, please visit elizabethmaymp.ca.

Recent Events

This week in Ottawa Elizabeth attended the following events:

October 2, 2018

Elizabeth pictured with Shania Pruden, Julie Keddy, and Sylvie Mercier

October 3, 2018

Elizabeth with MPs Monique Pauzé, Sheila Malcolmson,

Iqra Khalid, Karen Vecchio, and Equal Voice ED Nancy Peckford

Upcoming Events

October 12, 2018

October 13, 2018

October 13,  2018