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Elizabeth May’s Accomplishments

As MP for Saanich - Gulf Islands

Elizabeth May’s record over the past eight years sets a new high standard for what it looks like to work hard for one’s constituents.

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Principled Performance

Integrity and accountability on the job
1

Reporting to Constituents

Elizabeth reports to her constituents in Saanich – Gulf Islands, twice a year in every neighbourhood. She has held more than 80 public Town Halls with constituents since she was elected. At these events, she spends 25% of the time reporting on what happens in Ottawa, then spends the remaining 75% of the time answering our questions and listening to our concerns.

She also publishes a regular community ‘householder’ newsletters, distributed to all her constituents.  Every issue can also be found here on her MP website.

2

Respect & Decorum

She refuses to heckle, and avoids the shouting and childish behaviour in the House of Commons. When others heckle her, she calmly waits for order to be restored, before continuing to make her point.

3

Consideration & Kindness

Elizabeth treats her fellow MPs with respect and kindness, even when strongly disagreeing with their policy and style of doing business.

4

Fiscal Transparency

Elizabeth was the first MP to begin publishing the original records of all her expenses on her MP website. Now all MPs do this!

5

Commitment to the job

Elizabeth May has the best attendance record in the House of Commons of any party leader.

“This parliamentarian...I consider to be a giant... She is dedicated to her constituents. She practices, both here and in committee, the highest standard of practice that any parliamentarian could ask for."

Watch video of this moving speech >The late Liberal MP Arnold Chan, June 12, 2017

Elizabeth’s Accomplishments

Eight years as MP for Saanich - Gulf Islands

42nd Parliament (2015 – 2019)

  • Explained that voting for Bill C-91 (an Act respecting Indigenous languages) was a collective moral responsibility to walk together on a path to truth, justice, love and reconciliation — a pledge and a promise to do more.
  • Held a nationwide Community Matters tour to meet with Canadians, hear their concerns, and represent our communities on the national stage.
  • Attended climate negotiations in Poland, calling out world leaders for ignoring the loudest alarm from the UN’s top climate scientists.
  • Sponsored Bill S-203 – aka the “Free Willy Bill” – which prevents whales and dolphins from being kept in captivity. This became Elizabeth’s second bill to become law.
  • Intervened to prevent the deportation of a dissident Russian scientist facing imprisonment or death if forced to return to her homeland.
  • Succeeded in ensuring that small businesses and not-for-profits in Saanich-Gulf Islands received $750,000 in federal grant funds for 260 student summer jobs.
  • Helped ensure that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Plant Health Centre in North Saanich received $80 million from the federal government for infrastructure improvements.
  • Developed and distributed a newsletter specifically about Reconciliation in Canada.
  • Registered as an intervenor before the National Energy Board and made an argument against the Kinder Morgan pipeline — the only MP to do so.
  • Called upon the Liberals to reduce taxes on small business owners, which encouraged the Finance Minister to embrace the long-standing Green Party of Canada policy to lower the small business tax rate to 9%.
  • Ensured that the federal government allotted $8 million to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Plant Health Centre in North Saanich for a major modernization.
  • Created the Lyme Disease Framework which received $4 million from the federal government.
  • Presented more amendments to legislation than any single MP in history.
  • Took the first action to second Bill M-40, a motion calling for more education, improved boat identification ownership and government help to remove abandoned vessels from Canadian waters.

41st Parliament (2011 – 2015)

  • Drew our attention to the dangers in Bill C-51, the Harper administration’s so-called public security law — again, the first to point this out. 

  • Strengthened Canadian environmental legislation by successfully amending Bill C-46, the Pipeline Safety Act, requiring government to go after polluters for costs of an accident. 

  • Notified Canadians of the risks of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in October, 2015.
  • Awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from the Atlantic School of Theology.
  • Convinced Canada Steamships to meet with concerned local residents about the use of Plumper Sound as an anchorage for the movement of gypsum. The shipping industry met with local residents on Pender Island because of her advocacy.
  • Succeeded with her private member’s bill for a Federal Lyme Disease Framework, which passed unanimously in the House and Senate.
  • Obtained over 9 million dollars for the University of Victoria’s “Smart Oceans BC” to support underwater observatories and monitoring of seismic activity along the coast.
  • Initiated a housing round table which led to the Saanich Peninsula Partnership working to bring affordable housing to the region.
  • Convinced the Finance Minister to reverse the decision to stop advertising for tourism in the US market. Funding was restored in the 2015 budget.
  • Alerted Canadians to the dangers of the Canada-China Foreign Investor Protection Agreement — the first parliamentarian to caution us.
  • Won Maclean’s “Hardest Working Parliamentarian” (voted by fellow MPs).
  • Honoured as “Best Constituency MP” in the Hill Times 21st Annual Politically Savvy Survey.
  • Honoured by Maclean magazine’s as “Parliamentarian of the Year” (voted by fellow MPs).
  • Became the only MP in the 41st parliament to prevent the closing of a science centre in her riding — convincing the Harper administration to reverse their decision to close the Plant Health Sciences, later bringing tens of millions of dollars of federal investment into Saanich/Gulf Islands.
  • Stayed in her seat for 24 hours straight, defending more than 400 constructive amendments she proposed to the first Omnibus Budget Bill C-38 (which was then known as the “Environmental Devastation Act”).
  • Won the vote to become the first Green Party MP elected in Canadian history.
  • Was the only MP in parliament to vote against military action in Libyayou can watch her speech here.
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