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Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I have three petitions to present so I will do my best to present them quickly and effectively. The first petition has to do with marine protected areas from coast to coast to coast. The petitioners ask for the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans to work with other br

November 9th, 2017House debate

Elizabeth MayGreen

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, the second petition is from many residents of Saanich—Gulf Islands. It calls on the Government of Canada to move forward with a national affordable housing program. They note the plan of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in this regard.

November 9th, 2017House debate

Elizabeth MayGreen

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, the third petition calls for a national strategy for environmental education. It also comes from residents throughout Saanich—Gulf Islands. Although they recognize that education is largely a provincial responsibility, these petitioners see a role to play for a natio

November 9th, 2017House debate

Elizabeth MayGreen

Remembrance Day  Mr. Speaker, I thank all my colleagues this morning for this moment of remembrance. We will all be in our ridings on Remembrance Day attending events with our communities. As the hon. Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness has so beautifully conjured for us the eve

November 9th, 2017House debate

Elizabeth MayGreen

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I rise to present three petitions today. The first petition deals with the pressure to live up to the Paris accord targets and to ensure that the global average temperature does not exceed 1.5°C, and certainly stays below 2°C. The petitioners call for reductions i

November 8th, 2017House debate

Elizabeth MayGreen

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, the second petition calls upon the government to put in place the 75 recommendations in the Cullen report on wild salmon to protect wild salmon from the toxic fish factories that dot the coast of B.C. and Atlantic Canada.

November 8th, 2017House debate

Elizabeth MayGreen

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, the last petition, once again, from petitioners in Saanich—Gulf Islands, calls on the government to stop the trade in shark fins. Canada does not allow the practice of finning sharks, but we still allow the trade, distribution, and sale of these products that threate

November 8th, 2017House debate

Elizabeth MayGreen

Rail Transportation  Mr. Speaker, Rails to Relevance is an annual project of Claremont high school, bringing bright young kids from this great public high school to Ottawa by rail—by VIA Rail. The Canadian Transportation Act review by the Hon. David Emerson recommended that Canada cease to have a n

November 8th, 2017House debate

Elizabeth MayGreen

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I am going to do something I rarely do, which is to forgive the hon. member for Burnaby South for not speaking to the bill before us, because I passionately share his opposition to this wrong-headed project. I would like him to expand on the theme. He carefully laid

November 7th, 2017House debate

Elizabeth MayGreen

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague. He is right as always. In the House of Commons, we now have the new Standing Order 69.1, which allows the Speaker to divide the elements. The elements that were already in the budget can be voted on in an omnibus bill. However, with respect to

November 7th, 2017House debate

Elizabeth MayGreen

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, it is always tempting as a member of the opposition, particularly the leader of another party, to spend most of one's time in Parliament talking about what is missing. I could fill up 10 minutes with what is missing and what I would like to see in a budget. Under th

November 7th, 2017House debate

Elizabeth MayGreen

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, globally we have had a real epidemic of the super-rich deciding to be super irresponsible. The super-rich, the 1% globally, hide wealth in offshore accounts in ways that ensure they are not taxed. That is so irresponsible. We have been in the grip of neoliberal theor

November 7th, 2017House debate

Elizabeth MayGreen

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to rise today to give a speech on Bill C-63, a second act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2017 and other measures. This is an omnibus budget bill. In speaking to this, I wanted to also start with the bi

November 7th, 2017House debate

Elizabeth MayGreen

Points of Order  Mr. Speaker, I will have an opportunity to address Bill C-63 in its substance very shortly in the speaking order in debate today, but I appreciate the opportunity to weigh in on the question of whether the bill is appropriately put before us. It is the first real test of Standing

November 7th, 2017House debate

Elizabeth MayGreen

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, it is an honour for me to rise today to present two petitions. The first one is from all the residents of my riding, Saanich—Gulf Islands, who are calling on the government to take action to implement the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry headed by Mr. Ju

November 7th, 2017House debate

Elizabeth MayGreen