Archive for the ‘Green Party’ Category

Green Party leader defends Tory MP’s moot gendercide motion

- April 18th, 2013

RE_2012_06_14T063257Z_01_OTW06_RTRMDNP_3_CANADA_POLITICS

Conservative MP Mark Warawa’s effort to raise the issue of “gendercide” in the House of Commons is over.

A parliamentary committee unanimously shoved aside expert advice in late March to declare his motion to condemn sex-selective abortion non-votable, and now Warawa says he won’t appeal that decision to the speaker.

“I’ve decided to continue working on the sex-selection, gendercide issue by speaking at universities, giving lectures and engaging in debates,” the British Columbia politician said Wednesday.

It’s widely rumoured that Prime Minster Stephen Harper orchestrated the committee decision to kill Warawa’s motion because it mentioned abortion. Read more…

BC Liberals taking blows

- February 15th, 2013

Christy Clark’s BC Liberals are having a bad week both in and out of the house.

David Akin is joined by political commentator Bill Tieleman to discuss what is behind the bad polling numbers and where those votes are heading to.

 

Speaker’s ruling rejecting Elizabeth May’s point of order

- June 11th, 2012

In its entirety for your reading pleasure:

 

I am now prepared to rule on the point of order raised on
June 5, 2012 by the hon. Member for Saanich—Gulf Islands (Ms. May) regarding the form of Bill C-38, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 29, 2012 and other measures.

I would like to thank the hon. Member for Saanich—Gulf Islands for having raised the matter, as well the hon. Leader of the Government in the House (Mr. Van Loan), the hon. House Leader for the Official Opposition (Mr. Cullen), the hon. House Leader of the Liberal Party (Mr. Garneau), and the hon. Members for Winnipeg Centre (Mr. Martin), Winnipeg North
(Mr. Lamoureux) and Thunder Bay—Superior North (Mr. Hyer) for their comments.

Read more…

Political parties get their welfare cheques

- January 3rd, 2012

Ah yes. As you puzzle over how best to pay your Christmas bills, spare a thought for Canada’s political parties, who are about to lose this source of easy money and who will have to raise funds all by themselves.

But not just yet, for the latest series of cheques is in the mail…

Quarterly Allowance for the Period October 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011

Bloc Québécois: $454,348

Conservative Party of Canada: $2,974,164

Green Party of Canada: $291,590

Liberal Party of Canada: $1,418,499

New Democratic Party: $2,299,919

More than just ethical oil

- January 9th, 2011

There was a big ruckus in the otherwise quiet Hill bubble last week as new Environment Minister Peter Kent used the term “ethical oil” to describe Alberta’s oilsands. It’s controversial because Sun Media columnist (and future Sun TV host) Ezra Levant wrote a book called Ethical Oil. He argues if the world won’t stop using oil, they might as well get it from Canada, which is a democracy that respects human rights, has a decent environmental record and isn’t a threat to global security.

As Green Party Leader Elizabeth May told me, Ezra didn’t just popularize the term, he coined it. So it’s significant the new environment minister would use it in one of his first interviews on the job.

But that’s not the only way he’s struck out a tough stance on the issue.

In a CBC interview last week, Kent also seemed to step back from his predecessor Jim Prentice’s concerns about pollution in the Athabasca River.

Prentice set up a federal panel to look into water quality monitoring in the region after Alberta scientist David Schindler found toxic pollutants downstream from oilsands developments, including mercury, arsenic, lead and cadmium.

At the time, Prentice said, “I have had my own concerns about the nature of the testing that’s being done and I’ve proceeded on this basis to get immediate response from some of Canada’s best scientists (the panelists).”

Months later, in accepting the panel’s recommendations, interim environment minister John Baird repeatedly said everyone – federal and provincial governments and industry – needs to “step up our game.”

But in the CBC interview, Kent said there’s no evidence the oilsands are polluting the river. He went as far as to say Schindler is wrong (despite his research having been published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal).

Does this mark a shift for the government? Is Kent stepping back from some of Prentice’s work on the file?

Then again, even in accepting the water panel’s recommendations, Baird seemed to refer to Levant’s book too, without using the words ethical oil.

“In an increasingly unstable world, a secure source of energy in a free and democratic society is an important source of stability,” Baird told the news conference Dec. 21.

Sure sounds like a familiar argument.