he NDP and Liberals have introduced hundreds of amendments to delete clauses of the 425-page Bill C-38 and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May has introduced more than 300 substantive amendments that would change the wording of clauses – something she is permitted to do because she is not allowed to sit on House committees.
OTTAWA — 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.
“This is a double-edged sword for me,” May has said.
I note that the 2011 Conservative candidate for Kingston and the Islands, Alicia Gordon, has written a letter, attacking my recent speech in Kingston (“Tar sands opponents will stop at nothing,” Feb. 2).
The irony is that if Canada continues to ship out bitumen crude as fast as humanly possible, it is Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces that must continue to depend on imports from Angola, Nigeria, Venezuela, Norway, Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan. Fifty-five per cent of the oil used in Canada is imported. Meanwhile, bitumen crude is shipped to other countries for processing.
Every barrel of crude shipped out of Canada ships out jobs with it. The distortions from the Conservatives on the question of oilsands expansion, raw product export and risky tanker traffic keep trying to limit discussion to environment versus economy. The truth is that it is not in Canada’s interests — in terms of energy security, the environment or the economy — to follow the Harper agenda.
Elizabeth May MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands Leader, Green Party of Canada