Elizabeth May
Elizabeth May is an environmentalist, writer, activist, lawyer, leader of the Green Party of Canada, and Member of Parliament elect for Saanich-Gulf Islands. Elizabeth became active in the environmental movement in the 1970s.

Elizabeth is the author of seven books, including her most recent Losing Confidence: Power, Politics and the Crisis in Canadian Democracy.

She became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2005, was elected Leader of the Green Party in 2006, and in May 2011 became the first Canadian Green Party candidate elected to office.

In November 2010, Newsweek Magazine named her “one of the world’s most influential women.” Elizabeth’s home is in Sidney, British Columbia.


Elizabeth May est environnementaliste, auteure, militante et avocate, chef du Parti vert du Canada, et députée de Saanich-Gulf Islands à la Chambre des communes. Elizabeth s'est impliquée dans le mouvement environnemental dès les années 1970.

Elizabeth est l'auteure de sept livres, dont le plus récent Losing Confidence: Power, Politics and the Crisis in Canadian Democracy a été publié en 2009 aux éditions MacLelland & Stewart.

Elizabeth a été nommée Officier de l’Ordre du Canada en 2005, avant d'être élue l'année suivante chef du Parti vert du Canada. En mai 2011, elle est devenue la première élue du Parti vert à faire son entrée à la Chambre des communes.

En novembre 2010, le magazine Newsweek a classé Elizabeth May parmi les femmes les plus influentes dans le monde. En 2012, ses collègues de la Chambre des Communes l'ont élue Parlementaire de l'année.

Entries by Elizabeth May

Trudeau Broke His Promises But Don't Let Him Break Our Faith

(63) Comments | Posted February 2, 2017 | 5:54 PM

There is an old parable of a North American indigenous culture. My best sources say it is Cherokee, but I first heard it from a Mi'qmak elder.

It is the story of a grandfather who told his small grandson that within him a war was raging.

"There are two wolves,"...

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10 Reasons Why Trudeau Should Stay Tight-Lipped On Trump

(48) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 4:53 PM

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I noticed that NDP Leader Tom Mulcair recently called on Justin Trudeau to denounce Donald Trump. Mulcair has called Trump a "fascist" and criticizes Trudeau for merely shrugging when asked about Trump.

This reminds me of a harrowing experience of my mother's political activism...

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It's Time For Trudeau To Lead Canada Into Climate Action

(49) Comments | Posted March 2, 2016 | 3:39 PM

So much carbon; so little time. It is true globally and it is true for Canada.

From Canada's early entry as a climate action leader -- hosting the world's first international scientific climate conference in 1988 -- until today, most governments have played for time. Stalling tactics and procrastination, two...

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Don't Confuse Peter MacKay's Pipeline Claims For Facts

(134) Comments | Posted February 25, 2016 | 4:05 PM

There is a catechism of the fossil fuel industry, with oft-repeated claims that seem by repetition to escape examination. Peter MacKay's recent opinion piece on pipelines was a veritable greatest hits compilation of such claims.

He writes that "pipelines are by far the safest means of transporting...

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Why A Gender-Balanced Cabinet Matters

(144) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 2:04 PM

I don't know about you, but I have been astonished at the many media pundits who question Justin Trudeau's decision to appoint a cabinet with gender parity. The CBC panel on Nov. 1 with The Walrus editor Jonathan Kay was a real low point. Suddenly a hue and cry is...

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Why I Am Fighting Bill C-51

(84) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 2:27 PM

The reaction to Bill C-51 has been widespread and the opposition is growing. While its short title is the "Anti-Terrorism Act," it is both more and less than that.

It is less than "anti-terrorism" because it is likely to make us less safe. The act gives new powers to CSIS...

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Stop Stephen Harper's Assault on our National Parks

(17) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 12:41 PM

Unlike our current Prime Minister's attack on climate policy and push for every pipeline and tanker in sight, this one is flying under the radar. In fact, Conservative Party talking points make great claims of having expanded the national park system.

The following is from the Conservative Party website:


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I Spoke About Jian Before Knowing the Facts

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 8:01 PM

I tweeted my support for Jian yesterday before seeing the newspaper reported in today's Toronto Star. Due to my schedule in Parliament, I did not have a chance to read the Toronto Star story until after Question Period.

I have also read the clear legal analysis from Brenda...

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I Spoke About Jian Before Knowing the Facts

(36) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 7:58 PM

I tweeted my support for Jian yesterday before seeing the newspaper reported in today's Toronto Star. Due to my schedule in Parliament, I did not have a chance to read the Toronto Star story until after Question Period.

I have also read the clear legal analysis from Brenda...

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How I Became Leader of the Green Party

(30) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 9:23 AM

The following is an excerpt from Elizabeth's May's latest book Who We Are: Reflections on My Life and Canada

It had to be the most embarrassing credit interview ever -- embarrassing both for me and for the woman from the Ottawa Women's Credit Union who had to ask the questions....

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Seems the Fraser Institute Didn't Quite "Get" My Letter to John Kerry

(21) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 1:38 PM

The HuffPost blog from the Fraser Institute’s Senior Director, Natural Resource Studies, Kenneth Green, set out to make me look uninformed based on my submission to the U.S. State Department on the proposed Keystone pipeline.

From his first words, “Recently, Green Party leader Elizabeth May orchestrated...

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Why We Need a National Approach to Lyme Disease

(14) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 8:32 AM

I was saddened that HuffPost blogger Michael Kruse has misrepresented Bill C-442, my private members bill to develop a national approach to the growing threat of Lyme Disease. Up until his uninformed blog, it had been received as what it is -- a non-partisan, evidence-based effort to help thousands...

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The Senate Scandal Is Really Stephen's Scandal

(65) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 6:31 PM

I tweeted last night that Andrew Coyne had the best line of the day. In his Post Media column he called the senate events "edifying" and went on to describe the situation as one of "discreet blackmail" between Stephen Harper and Michael Duffy. He said such unsavoury business...

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What I Would Change About Politics in Canada

(84) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 9:02 AM

Leading up to Canada Day, the Huffington Post blog team asked prominent Canadians what they would change about one aspect of our country. We are publishing their answers in our series "What I'd Change About Canada" leading up to July 1.

Democracy is, as Winston Churchill once quipped, the...

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10 Reasons Why Harper Isn't Really Canadian

(759) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 5:15 PM

In a Global interview with Laura Stone, I am quoted as saying that Stephen Harper is "not Canadian."

Having lunch with a reporter on virtually no sleep is a high risk proposition, but I didn't say anything I didn't mean. I did make it clear that I was not saying...

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Canadian Officials Should Be Ashamed For Attacking Scientists

(46) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 9:00 AM

Earlier this week, our Minister for Natural Resources, the Hon. Joe Oliver, went to Washington on what the Canadian media mistakenly insists on calling a "charm offensive." It really cannot be described as having anything to do with "charm" when the minister, fresh from having told La Presse that scientists...

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What Does Joe Oliver Know About Science? Not Much

(168) Comments | Posted April 13, 2013 | 12:32 PM

Imagine you have this avuncular Uncle Joe. He doesn't read much about climate science, but he looks at the websites that tell you the whole thing is overblown and there's really no risk. It would become annoying. It would cast a shadow on the predictable dinner conversation at family gatherings...

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My Critics Favour "Truthiness" Over Fact

(18) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 10:29 AM

I don't know Mr. McCullough, but in reviewing his blogs he seems to have embraced the weary cynic style of punditry. The strange attack on me as a pointless entity, "The Stonehenge of Canadian politics" as he would have it, is riddled with the kind of errors that...

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I Stand Behind My Tweet Comparing Canada To North Korea

(527) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 3:40 PM

This is a larger, more esoteric blog than merely defending my use of North Korea and Canada in the same sentence. But, okay, I am also defending my use of North Korea and Canada in the same sentence.

Some of the Twitter comment reminded me of something one of my...

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New and Improved Oil Spills!

(15) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 11:49 AM

Harper’s public relations and spin team hit Vancouver last week to unveil their super-duper enviro-protection plan for pipelines and tankers. Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver and Minister of Transport Denis Lebel described their new regime for oil spill safety against the backdrop of the Port of Vancouver. On...

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