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.
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Key Moments in the House
- Introducing Bill S-203 (the Free Willy Bill)
- Reacting to the government’s leaders debates commission announcement
- Urging the government to halt the deportation of Russian scientist Elena Musikhina
Statements and Press Releases
- Liberals set up new debate commission with fair rules: Elizabeth May will be in the 2019 leaders’ debates
- Elizabeth May mourns with families affected by Tree of Life synagogue killings
In the News
- Canadian government introducing anti-poverty legislation next week, Duclos says
(Huffpost, Zi-Ann Lum, November 2)
- Gap in privacy law leaves elections open to ‘misuse’ of personal information: privacy commissioner
(CBC News, Elizabeth Thompson, November 1)
- BC resident calls for national plan to tackle plastic
(100 Mile Free Press, Barb Brouwer, November 1)
- Northwest rises up against pipeline challenger
(Terrace Standard, Rod Link, October 31)
- MP panel on the Leaders’ debates announcement (starts at 13:20)
(CPAC, Peter van Dusen, October 30)
- Bill S-203 has support from all sides (starts at 48:40)
(CPAC, Martin Stringer, October 30)
- Putin critic worried Canada will send her back to Russia
(CTV News, Jim Bronskill, October 30)
- Putin critic fights to remain in Canada, fears for life if sent back to Russia
(The Star, The Canadian Press, October 30)
- ‘Free Willy’ bill starts its journey through the Commons
(iPolitics, Holly Lake, October 29)
- Is Canada heading into a nasty election year? Trudeau, Scheer, Singh and May reveal what’s ahead
(Chatelaine, Katrina Onstad, October 29)
- Elizabeth joins the Scrum Panel on CTV’s Question Period (starts at 28:25)
(CTV QP, Evan Solomon, October 28)
Elizabeth presented the following petitions:
- Salt Spring Elementary School’s 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.
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 porpuses 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:
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
October 31, 2018
- Attended a presentation on the safety of imported seafood
November 7, 2018
- Elizabeth delivers ScalingUp Conference’s Opening Keynote: 1.5 To Stay Alive
November 10, 2018
- Elizabeth speaks at the Sidney Summit on Habitat & Environment
December 8 – 15, 2018