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Topic Summaries

Topic summaries are written by the editors to highlight featured topics discussed in Parliament the previous week. They are organized by date.

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  • MPs Discussed Environmental Aspects of Omnibus Budget Bill C-59

    This week in the House of Commons MP’s discussed environmental aspects of Bill C-59, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on April 21, 2015 and other measures. Opposition MPs criticized the Government for under-investing in renewable energy technology. The Government defended its budget through emphasizing the need to balance […] Read More…

    June 14, 2015
  • MPs Discussed Proposed Ban on Microbeads

    This week in the House of Commons MPs debated an Opposition motion to ban microbeads. The Opposition cited health concerns and recent municipal bans on microbeads as reasons to adopt the motion. The Government maintained the need to complete scientific review before taking further action on microbeads. Mr. François Choquette (Drummond, NDP) pressed the Government […] Read More…

    June 14, 2015
  • MPs Debated Canada’s Strategy for Climate Change

    This week in the House of Commons MPs debated Canada’s commitment to address climate change. Opposition MPs questioned the Government’s inaction, including potential harm to Canada’s reputation in the international community. The Government defended its commitment to both lowering emissions and balancing the budget. On Monday, Mr. Thomas Mulcair (Leader of the Opposition, NDP) questioned […] Read More…

    June 14, 2015
  • NDP MP Sought Government Intervention in Montreal Airport Expansion

    This Tuesday in the House of Commons, an Opposition MP asked the Government to intervene in Montreal airport’s proposed expansion that would threaten local green space. The Government responded that it has no authority to intervene in the matter. On Tuesday, Ms. Isabelle Morin (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine, NDP) first introduced the matter as a petition during Routine […] Read More…

    June 7, 2015
  • MPs Debated Nunavut Regulations

    This week in the House of Commons, MPs debated Bill S-6, An Act to amend the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act and the Nunavut Waters and Nunavut Surface Rights Tribunal Act. The Government criticized Opposition MPs for politicizing a bill that has broad support. However, Opposition MPs questioned the Government’s ability to garner support […] Read More…

    June 7, 2015
  • MPs Debated Oil and Gas Sector GHG Regulations

    This week in the House of Commons, Opposition MPs sought information about the Government’s proposed regulations to the oil and gas sector. The Government did not comment on when the regulations would be prepared, and Opposition MPs argued the Government’s lack of action on climate change is tarnishing Canada’s international reputation. On Monday, Hon. John […] Read More…

    June 7, 2015
  • MPs Debated Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    This week MPs debated Canada’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Opposition MPs questioned the Government’s record on reducing GHG emissions, while the Government defended its policy of balancing economic growth with environmental sustainability. Ms. Megan Leslie (Halifax, NDP) questioned the Government’s commitment to meeting GHG reduction targets: Mr. Speaker, this climate target is late […] Read More…

    May 31, 2015
  • MPs Debated Independence of Federal Scientists

    This week in the House of Commons MPs debated a motion to un-muzzle federal scientists and create a Chief Science Officer to ensure scientific information is freely available to the public. Liberal and NDP MPs criticized the Government for constraining the availability of scientific information. In response, the Government defended its record, including investing in […] Read More…

    May 31, 2015
  • MPs Debated Changes to Yukon’s Environmental Assessments

    This week in the House of Commons MPs debated Bill S-6, the Yukon and Nunavut Regulations Improvement Act. NDP and Liberal MPs questioned the bill for including broad exemptions and legislated time limits for environmental assessments in the Yukon. The Government defended the bill for creating a nimble and responsible regulatory regime in the north. […] Read More…

    May 31, 2015
  • MPs Debated Bill C-52, An Act to Amend the Canada Transportation Act and the Rail Safety Act

    On Tuesday, MPs engaged in a long debate concerning Bill C-52, An Act to Amend the Canada Transportation Act and the Rail Safety Act. Ms. Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands, GP) started the discussion with the following statistic: Looking at the issue of rail safety, over the last number of years we have had what I […] Read More…

    May 17, 2015
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