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Climate Apocalypse Now: Venus, Anyone?

Aug 10 2020 — Elizabeth May — Being in self-isolation, working on zoom and trying to move mountains faster to address COVID, life these days sometimes feels surreal. The climate disaster news headlines keep coming. The alarm bells are ringing ever more loudly: We are in a climate emergency. The most recent sign of the climate apocalypse: the Milne Ice Shelf in […]

Yes, oil is dead. Just read the writing on the wall.

May 12 2020 — Elizabeth May — It has been an interesting week. On the morning of May 6, I held a press conference in West Block before the weekly in-person session of Parliament opened. I spoke about how virtual Parliament is working, and Green recommendations to make it work better. When we got to questions, the first one was CBC’s Julie […]

The Reports of Oil’s Death Are Not Greatly Exaggerated

May 7 2020 — Elizabeth May — When I pronounced during a news conference in Ottawa on Wednesday that “Oil is dead,” I expected neither surprise nor outrage. I thought I was just pointing out the glaringly obvious. Of course, our dependency on fossil fuels has not ended; it hasn’t yet become an economic casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic. But fossil fuels […]

All Hands on Deck for Nature vs. Technology

Apr 10 2020 — Elizabeth May — We live in a new place — the world of COVID-19. No one — whether in Wuhan or Madrid, Manhattan or Ottawa — lives anywhere else. Like a patient subjected to a medically induced coma, so that we might survive, almost all our normal systems are shut down. Planes do not take off to resorts […]

‘I Predict All-Nighters’: Elizabeth May at COP25

Dec 9 2019 — Elizabeth May — The governments of the world have met every single year since 1995 to add precision and ambition to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) — all the while failing miserably. The United Nations Climate Change Conference of the signatories to the UNFCCC — also known as the Conference of the Parties (hence […]

A Green Balance of Power in BC

May 14 2017 — Elizabeth May — At a moment in politics when it seems positive firsts are few and far between, the news that the BC Green Party — the BC cousin of the federal Greens — will be forming its first-ever caucus in North America and in my home province was a rare blast of blessed good news. The results […]

Our veterans deserve a better deal from Ottawa

Aug 16 2015 — Elizabeth May — On Friday I was honoured to be in Nanaimo, British Columbia, with one of our Canadian veterans I have had the honour to know. We remember his story. Capt. Trevor Greene served in Afghanistan. In an effort to display respect for the village elders, Capt. Greene removed his helmet. He was brutally assaulted by a […]

By denying my right to speak, our Parliament is weakened

Mar 26 2015 — Elizabeth May — When I was first elected, the consensus among parliamentary observers was that I would never be heard from again. One MP, so it was said, cannot do anything in Parliament. Fortunately, I did not accept the accepted wisdom. I firmly believe in the essential role of Parliament as the living, breathing expression of our democracy. […]

Elizabeth May: The only party with principles

Aug 2 2014 — Elizabeth May — In the National Post editorial board’s catalogue of the alleged failings of the Green Party of Canada, (‘The Greens’ foreign policy problem,’ July 31), the most absurd claim is that the party espouses moral relativism. We are the only party left in Canada that has principles and sticks to them.

Farley Mowat was one of a kind

May 10 2014 — Elizabeth May — When writing about the recently deceased, it is typical to share memories. In this case it is entirely redundant to put the typical “remembering” next to the name Farley Mowat. Farley was and is unforgettable. I have known and worked with Farley since the 1970s, becoming close by the late 1980s. Farley and his brilliant […]