Week in Review: September 17-21

Week in Review: September 17-21

Welcome back to Elizabeth May’s parliamentary Week in Review! After a summer at home in Saanich-Gulf Islands and across Canada, Elizabeth was back in the House of Commons this week fighting to make Canada a better place. 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. 

With only one week left to sign Elizabeth’s e-petition to halt the purchase of Kinder Morgan, it is time to make sure that everyone you know has signed on. Please share this petition with your friends, family, and colleagues via email and over social media on Facebook and Twitter. The last day to sign this petition is on September 28th, so share it now to let Justin Trudeau and his administration know that Canadians do not support this pipeline. 

This week, Elizabeth spoke in the House about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and asked the Prime Minister about the situation in Kashechewan. In committee, Elizabeth proposed various amendments to Bill C-79 in an attempt to protect Canada and improve our trading relationships globally. Unfortunately, these amendments were rejected by the Liberal and Conservative members of the committee. In addition to her work in the House of Commons, Elizabeth met with various groups to discuss a wide range of subjects including increasing funding for public transportation and promoting Indigenous land-based education. 

To get more updates over the course of the week, follow Elizabeth on Twitter, @ElizabethMay.

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Key Moments in the House

Press Conference



Question Period: 

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

Bill C-71: An Act to amend certain Acts and Regulations in relation to firearms:

Adjournment Proceedings: 

Statements & Press Releases

In the News

Written by Elizabeth:


This week, Elizabeth presented petitions supporting the following:

  • Adopt and Implement UNDRIP: Calling upon the Canadian government to stand up for the rights of Indigenous Peoples by adopting Bill  C-262, which implements the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Disability Allowance for Veterans: Calling upon the Minister of Veterans Affairs to remove statutory limits on back-pay eligibility for disability allowance, and ensure veterans receive compensation in a timely manner.
  • Stop the bombing of Afrin: Calling upon leaders to use diplomatic, peaceful means to stop the Turkish president’s attack on Afrin and the Kurdish people.


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

After a busy Summer, Elizabeth connected with her constituents through a series of town halls throughout Saanich-Gulf Islands. Hosted twice a year, these town halls give constituents an opportunity to get an update on the work their Member of Parliament is doing in the House of Commons. These events also provide Elizabeth with an invaluable opportunity to hear concerns from constituents in communities across the riding.

(Elizabeth speaking at a town hall event on Pender Island)

This week in Ottawa Elizabeth attended many events, including:

September 18, 2018

  • Elizabeth attended a Walrus Talk that featured Members of the Order of Canada.
(Senator Murray Sinclair, University of Victoria Chancellor Shelagh Rogers, and Elizabeth)

September 19, 2018

  • Elizabeth participated in Policy Magazine‘s panel on Clean Energy & Clean Tech at the Rideau Club.
(L. Ian MacDonald, Elizabeth May, Karen Hamberg, Nathalie Pilon)
  • Elizabeth participated in the Canadian Council for International Co-operation’s panel on Sexual and Reproductive Health rights.
(MP Shelia Malcolmson, MP Karen Vecchio, MP Celina Ceasar-Chavez, MP Elizabeth May)

Upcoming Events

September 27, 2018

September 28 – 30, 2018

September 28, 2018

September 29, 2018

October 12, 2018

October 13, 2018