Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says senior sources who would lose their jobs if they went public have told her that the Conservative government is planning to eliminate the federal environment department and merge any remaining functions with Natural Resources Canada. The government categorically denied the suggestion.
Ms. May asked the government about the rumour at the end of the daily Question Period on Tuesday. “If it had not been from credible sources, I would not be putting this question to you,” she told the Commons. “I would like assurances that no such plan is under consideration.”
But if Ms. May was hoping to hear that her sources were mistaken, her fears were not allayed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. “I would be delighted to meet any of these credible sources and to correct any misinformation that may have been given the honourable member,” was Mr. Harper’s brief reply.
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The Green MP had the the final question this afternoon and rose with the following.
Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I rise today with a genuine concern and I hope the Prime Minister can allay my fears. I have heard, from credible sources within the government, that there is a proposal to eliminate Environment Canada by merging it with Natural Resources Canada. If it had not been from credible sources, I would not be putting this question to him. I would like assurances that no such plan is under consideration.
Local opponents to the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline came out in force Saturday night, filling a local church to hear five prominent speakers denounce the project, as well as blast the federal and provincial governments for they have handled the issue.
About 400 people packed into First United Church to hear Green Party leader and Saanich-Gulf Islands MP Elizabeth May, provincial NDP environment critic and Victoria-Swan Lake MLA Rob Fleming, filmmaker and environmental journalist Damien Gillis and Grand Chief Stewart Philip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs and his wife, aboriginal activist Joan Phillip speak.
May, who made history in 2011 when she was elected as the first Green Party MP in Canada, said the federal Conservatives have "skewed" our economy by putting all the countries resources into fossil fuel expansion.
Electoral co-operation between Liberals and Greens could be a "game-changer" that ensures defeat of the Harper Conservatives - even if New Democrats refuse to go along, Grit leadership hopeful Joyce Murray says.
A Liberal-Green united front during last November's by-election in Calgary Centre could have prevented Conservative Joan Crockatt from eking out a narrow victory with just under 37 per cent of the vote, Murray said. The Liberals took almost 33 per cent and the Greens 25 per cent, enough to win if - and it may be a big if - their votes had combined behind a single candidate.
On a national scale, however, it would be difficult for the Liberals and Greens, without the help of the NDP, to unseat the Conservative government. Based on the 2011 election results, a combined Liberal-Green vote could have theoretically defeated the Tories in just over a dozen ridings - not enough to defeat the governing party, although sufficient to reduce it to a minority.
There is a prevailing myth that Canada's more than 600 First Nations and native communities live off of money—subsidies—from the Canadian government. This myth, though it is loudly proclaimed and widely believed, is remarkable for its boldness; widely accessible, verifiable facts show that the opposite is true.
Indigenous people have been subsidizing Canada for a very long time.
Conservatives have leaked documents in an attempt to discredit chief Theresa Spence, currently on hunger strike in Ottawa. Reporters like Jeffrey Simpson and Christie Blatchford have ridiculed the demands of native leaders and the protest movement Idle No More. Their ridicule rests on this foundational untruth: that it is hard-earned tax dollars of Canadians that pays for housing, schools and health services in First Nations. The myth carries a host of racist assumptions on its back. It enables prominent voices like Simpson and Blatchford to liken protesters' demands to "living in a dream palace" or "horse manure," respectively.
MP Elizabeth May came to Saturna Island to meet with her constituents on September 7. Arriving on the 10:20am ferry she met with Islanders from 11am-5pm at the Saturna Café and then held a Town Hall meeting from 6-7:30pm, before departing on the 11:05pm boat. I mention her mode of travel and long hours to emphasize the priority she places on actually conversing with the people she represents. This is the fourth time since she was elected, in May 2011, that she has visited Saturna to help us celebrate or to hear constituents’ concerns.
Considering the number of votes we represent and the amount of interest we attracted from the Conservative Party when they held the riding, this is a departure from how we have experienced federal politics. About 65 people turned out to listen to MP May’s update on her experience in Parliament since she addressed us last winter.
A former high-profile B.C. NDP politician and a Green party law professor are the latest in a growing number of would-be candidates to jump into the race to replace Victoria MP Denise Savoie, who resigned last month.
University of Victoria law professor Donald Galloway, an advocate of refugee and immigrant rights in Canada, also announced that he was running to secure the seat for the Green Party of Canada.
"Doubling the Green party's caucus will be a much bigger change in the political dynamics of Canada than just sending another Liberal, NDP or Conservative to Parliament," Green party leader Elizabeth May said in a statement. She has worked with Galloway for more than 30 years.