• Liz May sounds alarm over privacy in tax deal with U.S.

    Publication Source: 
    iPolitics
    Author: 
    Olesia Plokhii

    Green Party leader Elizabeth May is calling on Canada to avoid being party to a U.S. law seeking to collect financial information on Canadians, arguing that it amounts to a violation of privacy.

    Her appeal comes on the heels of regulations released by the U.S. Treasury Department mandating that foreign financial institutions report information on American taxpayers investing money abroad – the result of a major effort to crack down on tax evasion.

    "I continue to hold (Finance Minister Jim) Flaherty to his commitment to protect Canadians from the extra-territorial application of U.S. law," May wrote in an email to iPolitics about the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. "FATCA is moving fast down a track that violates our rights as Canadian citizens."

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  • May says Environment Canada to be merged; PMO says No

    Publication Source: 
    iPolitics.ca
    Author: 
    Colin Horgan

    Elizabeth May had a surprise for everyone at the very end of question period Tuesday.

    "I rise today with a genuine concern and I hope the prime minister can allay my fears," she began. "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."

    It was quite the bomb to drop on MPs who, as they usually do near that time of day, were packing their belongings to flee toward the exits.

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  • Environment Canada on chopping block, Elizabeth May says

    Publication Source: 
    Globe and Mail
    Author: 
    Gloria Galloway

    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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  • Harper rejects Green claims of Environment, Natural Resources merger

    Publication Source: 
    Canadian Press

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper is dismissing claims by the Green party that the government plans to fold Environment Canada into the Natural Resources Department.

    Harper calls the claim ''misinformation,'' although he has not outright denied plans were in the works to combine the two departments.

    Green party Leader Elizabeth May says credible sources within the government have told her party of the merger plans.

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  • Elizabeth May, investigative reporter

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    Macleans
    Author: 
    Aaron Wherry

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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.

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  • May says no way to pipeline

    Publication Source: 
    The Daily Courier (Kelowna)
    Author: 
    Roohi Sahajpal

    Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline has no chance in British Columbia if Green Party Leader Elizabeth May has her way.

    May was in Kelowna Saturday to speak to more than 300 people at the First United Church.

    "Has Enbridge made a case? No they haven't. They have failed miserably in even putting together the evidence," she said.

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  • Kelowna 'People's Summit' to oppose pipeline draws a crowd

    Publication Source: 
    Capital News
    Author: 
    Alistair Waters

    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.

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  • Green Leader speaks at Summerhill

    Publication Source: 
    Castanet.com
    Author: 
    Adam Proskiw

    Green Party Leader of Canada Elizabeth May spoke at Summerhill Winery Sunday about the challenges she and her supporters will face in the coming years.

    “The May election here in BC will be a turning point for the Green Party,” she said.

    “Harper’s taken a wrecking ball to our system.”

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  • Murray touts Liberal-Green electoral co-operation as 'game changer'

    Publication Source: 
    The Montreal Gazette
    Author: 
    Joan Bryden

    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.

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  • What if Natives Stop Subsidizing Canada?

    Publication Source: 
    The Dominion
    Author: 
    Dru Oja Jay

    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.

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  • Star candidate banking on 'Green wave' on Island

    Publication Source: 
    Michael Smyth
    Author: 
    Michael Smith

    When the federal Green Party came oh so close to dislodging the NDP in a  recent federal byelection in Victoria, one of the most interested guys in the  room was Andrew Weaver.

    "I kept watching the results come in and the Greens cleaned up in a lot of  polls, especially in Oak Bay," the University of Victoria climatologist tells me  in an excited voice.

    There's a reason he found the results so appealing: Weaver is the provincial  Green Party candidate in the Victoria riding of Oak Bay-Gordon Head, currently  held by Christy Clark's Liberals.

    And now Weaver thinks he can accomplish what his federal cousins came so  close to doing: win.

    "My goal is to knock off Ida Chong," he said of the incumbent Liberal cabinet  minister.

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  • Conservationist Coon N.B.'s new Green Party leader

    Publication Source: 
    CBC
    Author: 
    Staff

    Conservationist David Coon was elected as the new leader of the New Brunswick Green Party Saturday evening.

    The voting took place at the Fredericton Convention Centre. Coon won with 131 votes to Roy MacMullin's 77.

    Coon is considered to be the province's leading environmentalist after 28 years with the Conservation Council of New Brunswick.

     

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