Week in Review: October 29 – November 2

Week in Review: October 29 – November 2

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. 

This week Elizabeth introduced Bill S-203 the Ending of Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act for first reading to the House of Commons. This piece of legislation will modernize Canada’s laws to outlaw the cruel practice of keeping whales, dolphins and porpuses in captivity. This week the government announced the appointment of a Debates’ Commissioner and established criteria for inclusion in the 2019 federal election leaders debates.

Elizabeth also attended a press conference calling on the government to halt the deportation of Russian scientist Dr. Elena Musikhina and her husband Mikhail. Dr. Musikhina and her supporters are pleading with the Trudeau administration to let her stay in Canada on compassionate grounds due to fear for her safety should she return to Russia.

For further updates on Elizabeth’s activities, you can follow her on Facebook, @ElizabethMayMP and on Twitter, @ElizabethMay.

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Key Moments in the House

MP Erskine-Smith, MP Beaulieu, Julie MacInnes (Humane Society International),
MP May and MP Davies at a press conference before the first reading of Bill S-203

Question Period:

First Reading:

Third Reading:

Adjournment Proceedings:


Press Conferences:

Statements and Press Releases

In the News


Elizabeth presented the following petitions:

  • Salt Spring Elementary Schools petition to ban cosmetic microplastics and implement better legislation to eliminate ocean pollution
  • Residents from Saanich Inlet want to add it to list of designated zones where discharge of raw sewage is prohibited


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

Application to Continue to Participate as an Intervenor in the National Energy Board Trans Mountain Review

Submission to the Consultations on Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements (FIPAs) and Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)

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 S-203: This bill will outlaw the cruel practice of keeping whales, dolphins and porpuses in captivity.*

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.

* Indicates that the bill is a Senate Public Bill

Recent Events

Elizabeth attended the following events:

October 30, 2018

  • Attended a reception celebrating the Tegan and Sarah Foundation

MP Boissonnault, MP Diotte, MP May and MP Clement with Tegan and Sarah

  • Attended the 18th National Diwali Celebration on Parliament Hill
Elizabeth and fellow MPs light the lamp at Diwali

October 31, 2018

  • Attended a presentation on the safety of imported seafood

Upcoming Events

November 7, 2018

November 10, 2018

December 8 – 15, 2018