On June 16th we saw a powerful example that one MP can make a difference in Parliament. In the face of opposition from Green Party Leader and MP Elizabeth May, the government and the other opposition parties agreed to a compromise to allow expedited hearings on the so-called “mega-trials” legislation.
Earlier this week Elizabeth denied unanimous consent to the legislation, citing concerns with some provisions of the bill. With the compromise, the legislation will get a day of hearings by a Parliamentary committee, while still allowing time for the bill to go to a vote in Parliament before the Parliamentary session is over.
Said Elizabeth in a press release: “Legislation like this, which has the potential to profoundly affect vital aspects of our system of justice, should not be rubber-stamped. I am pleased that the bill is moving to expedited hearings. This was the result I was seeking. Credit to all sides of the House for agreeing hearings are the right thing to do. This is an example of our Parliament working the way it should.”Read more about the legislation and the Green party’s position HERE.
A principled stand on Libya
This week Elizabeth May was the sole voice in Parliament taking a stand against Canada’s continued involvement in Libya. The Green Party opposes the “mission creep” from the original objective of protecting civilians – which the Green Party supported – to a new goal of regime change.Watch Elizabeth’s passionate speech to the House of Commons on this important issue HERE.
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