Week in Review: September 24-28

Week in Review: September 24-28

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. 

In New Brunswick, there was a historic election that saw over 25% of voters vote against the establishment parties and three Green MLAs elected. Now there is a minority Parliament in New Brunswick, with the Greens potentially holding the balance of responsibility. This is a great result for New Brunswickers who will undoubtedly benefit from having the wisdom and experience of David Coon, Kevin Arseneau, and Megan Mitton in the legislature.

This week, Elizabeth spoke in the House about increasing accessibility for Canadians living with (dis)abilities and questioned the government about their plans for the review of the Kinder Morgan pipeline. In committee, Elizabeth heard testimony about Bill C-76 in an attempt to strengthen Canada’s election laws. In addition to her work in the House of Commons, Elizabeth held a press conference with Dr. Gordon McBean, O.C. who is the Research Chair at the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction. They discussed the impact climate change is having on extreme weather events and the danger it poses to all of us. 

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Key Moments in the House

Press Conference



Question Period: 

Bill C-78: An Act to amend the Divorce Act:

Bill C-81:An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada:

Statements & Press Releases

In the News


This week, Elizabeth presented petitions supporting the following:

  • National Poverty Elimination Strategy (adopt it to ensure better quality of life and equal opportunities)
  • Adopt and Implement UNDRIP (adopt C-262, stand up for rights of Indigenous people)
  • 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.)


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 many events, including:

September 25, 2018

  • Attended the Indspire Awards reception on Parliament Hill honouring young Indigenous leaders

September 26, 2018

  • Met with the Green Budget Coalition about their priorities in advance of the federal budget
  • Attended the exhibition opening for Anthropocene by Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier. 

September 27, 2018

  • Participated in an MP panel on Faith & Politics at the Christian Legal Fellowship National Conference
MPs Elizabeth May and Garnett Genuis discuss Faith and Politics.

Upcoming Events

September 28 – 30, 2018

September 28, 2018

September 29, 2018

October 12, 2018

October 13, 2018