• Federal budget 2012: Opposition brace for voting marathon to thwart Harper’s omnibus bill

    Publication Source: 
    Toronto Star
    Author: 
    Les Whittington

    A voting marathon that could keep members of Parliament chained to their desks around the clock is set to unfold in the Commons as opposition parties try to thwart passage of the Conservatives’ massive budget bill.

    Opposition MPs are challenging the Harper government’s parliamentary majority this week with hundreds of proposed amendments to Bill C-38, the 425-page budget implementation legislation that revises approximately 70 federal laws.

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  • Fight over budget bill returns to House of Commons

    Publication Source: 
    CBC
    Author: 
    Max Paris

    Members of Parliament are hunkering down for a stormy week of procedural delays as the government's omnibus Budget Implementation Act arrives back in the House of Commons for its third and final reading.

    Opposition parties are planning to introduce hundreds of deletions and changes to Bill C-38 in a last ditch effort to get the Conservatives to split it into a number of smaller bills.

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  • MPs could spend days dealing with hundreds of amendments

    Publication Source: 
    CTV

    Members of Parliament will find out today how long they will spend dealing with hundreds of proposed amendments and deletions to the government's controversial omnibus budget bill.

    If Speaker of the House of Commons Andrew Scheer rules that each amendment can be voted on individually, MPs could spend several days dealing with the 871 amendments to bill C-38.

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  • Ministers selling Bill C-38 before expected July Cabinet shuffle

    Publication Source: 
    The Hill Times
    Author: 
    Chris Plecash

    Cabinet ministers fanned out across Canada again last week to sell the government’s controversial omnibus budget Bill C-38’s “responsible resources development” and to counter mounting opposition to the 425-page budget bill’s overhaul of environmental regulations. Insiders say their performance could help determine where they land in an anticipated Cabinet shuffle.

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  • One (independent) MP takes Green party C-38 test, passes

    Publication Source: 
    iPolitics
    Author: 
    Colin Horgan

    Not a single Conservative MP showed up for an optional exam Tuesday morning.

    The test, hosted and presided over by Green party leader Elizabeth May, was designed to test Conservative MP’s knowledge of the government’s new budget bill, C-38, which passed third reading in the House of Commons Monday evening.

    For every Conservative MP who showed up could score better than a three out of five on the exam, the Green party promised to plant a tree. But, only one MP – independent Bruce Hyer – showed up to room 263-S in Centre Block Tuesday to take the test. He scored a perfect five out of five.

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  • Rio + 20 Earth Summit

    Publication Source: 
    CBC - The Current
    Author: 
    Anna Maria Tremonti

    Twenty years ago, the nations of the world rushed to Rio with sunny ambitions and plans to create political momentum for a world-wide green economy, to protect the environment and tackle poverty and inequality. Within weeks, it had all started to unravel. Twenty years later another Rio Summit is set to begin but the Canadians who took part last time return in a different political climate. Today, we look at what they hoped for and what we've got.

    That's where the Rio + 20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development officially opens tomorrow. My next two guests were among Canada's key players in Rio in 1992. Elizabeth May is now the member of parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands, and the leader of the Green Party of Canada. She was in our Ottawa studio. And David MacDonald served as chair of the parliamentary committee on the Environment as a Progressive Conservative MP under PM Brian Mulroney. He was also the Lead Parliamentary Advisor for the Canadian delegation at the 1992 Earth Summit. He was in our Toronto studio.

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  • Elizabeth May's Budget Quiz: Take The C-38 Test The Green Party Leader Is Challenging Tory MPs

    Publication Source: 
    Huffington Post
    Author: 
    Michael Bolen

    Green Party Leader Elizabeth May is challenging Tory MPs to prove their knowledge of their government's sweeping budget implementation legislation.

    Bill C-38 passed a final vote in the House of Commons on Monday evening, but May isn't convinced Conservatives know what's in the 400-plus pages of the Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act.

    "There's still a vast confusion, even among Conservatives, as to the difference between Mr. Flaherty's budget and this outrageous budget implementation bill," said May.

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  • Tories ignore Elizabeth May's budget bill quiz challenge

    Publication Source: 
    Postmedia News
    Author: 
    Natalie Stechyson

    It was a challenge that went unanswered.

    Not one Conservative MP showed up to take Green leader Elizabeth May's open-book test on the contents of Bill C-38 Tuesday morning, and May said she wasn't surprised.

    "Why bother to know what's in this act, if reading it and understanding it can get you fired?" May said in an empty room, save for a stack of unopened quizzes, a copy of the bill, and some untouched pitchers of water.

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  • Grant cuts leave Peninsula community groups in the lurch

    Publication Source: 
    Peninsula News Review
    Author: 
    Christine van Reeuwyk

    Volunteers will be asked to fill the void at Sidney’s award-winning aquarium this summer. The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre was forced to cut some staff from its summer programming after losing out on federal grants.

    “The centre has been successful during the past two summers in obtaining a $22,000 eployment grant from the federal government,” said Angus Matthews, executive director at Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre.

    The aquarium used that cash to subsidize employment of five extra staff – four in interpretive programming – usually post secondary marine biology students.

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  • With Island's Elizabeth May at vanguard, opposition parties deploy amendments deluge to stall Tory omnibus

    Publication Source: 
    Vancouver Sun
    Author: 
    Tobi Cohen

    Green Party leader Elizabeth May will be front and centre Monday as the opposition pulls out all the stops in its bid to alter the much-maligned Conservative omnibus budget bill.

    Without official party status and the ability to sit on parliamentary committees, May, MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands, is one of the few MPs who can introduce new substantive amendments during the report stage and with support from the Liberals, she’s planning to put forward upwards of 200 of them.

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  • Green Party's May throwing all she has at Tories omnibus budget bill

    Publication Source: 
    Winnipeg Free Press
    Author: 
    Stephanie Levitz

    One year ago, she used her first question in the House of Commons to ask the government if it was going to be hiding any major new laws in its upcoming budget implementation bill for that year.

    Before being elected her party's first MP, she'd watched from afar as the Conservatives used omnibus bills to get through contentious pieces of legislation and she was concerned about the trend.

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  • Elizabeth May: Exposing the Fauxmnibus Bill

    Publication Source: 
    Huffington Post Canada
    Author: 
    Mark Crowley

    Maybe I'm starting to sound like a shameless Elizabeth May fanboy but that's only because...I'm a shameless Elizabeth May fanboy! How can you not be when she gets up in the House, as she did Monday, and makes an epic speech like this? The main point of her "point of order" is that the Conservative government's budget bill C-38 isn't fit to be called an omnibus bill

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