May named hardest-working MP, again

May says she never thought she would be recognized for her hard work two years in a row

Saanich Gulf Islands MP and Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May was named the hardest-working MP at the 2013 Parliamentarian of the Year awards.

Elizabeth May says she never thought she would be recognized for her hard work two years in a  row.

That’s what happened last week when the Saanich Gulf Islands MP and Green Party of Canada leader was named the hardest-working MP at the 2013 Parliamentarian of the Year awards. The event, hosted each year by McLeans and L’actualité magazines, was the result of balloting by members of parliament from across the country. Last year, May won the Parliamentarian of the Year award, which this year was taken by the NDP’s Peter Stoffer from the riding of Sackville-Eastern Shore in Nova Scotia.

May, who was in Warsaw, Poland for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change last week, said she’s honoured to be recognized in this way by MPs from across Canada.

“These are the people I work with every day,” she said in a phone interview with the PNR. “I’m very honoured.”

This past year, May was also named hardest working MP and best constituency MP by the Hill Times.

May said as the lone Green MP in Ottawa she has to work hard to have a voice — and even to help out her fellow MPs.

“A lot of them are coming to me now to check on the progress of bills, issues and debates,” she said. “I’m your basic information office for some of the MPs.”

May said she wants people back in her Saanich-Gulf Islands constituency to know that she believes in the essence of the parliamentary system.

“All MPs are equal and our job is to work for our constituents,” she explained, adding she’s also trying to help rebuild people’s trust in their political leaders.

“I wear the constituency name when I go to work each day,” May said. “I hope I am doing them proud.”

May in Poland with Afghan delegation

Saanich-Gulf Islands MP Elizabeth May joined the Afghanistan delegation to the UN conference on climate change in Poland last week.

She says she had applied to be a part of the Canadian delegation but did not receive an invitation.

She had observer status with accreditation from the global Greens, May outlined in a blog post.

However, she arranged to join the small Afghan delegation (along with Australian Dr. Ian McGregor) which gives her more access.

“I am volunteering to assist a country that has had such a difficult experience through war and conflict,” May wrote in her blog, adding she will assist in climate change policy advice and help provide information from sessions that a small group might not otherwise attend.

 

Just Posted

Deep Cove man running 50 km every month through his 50th birthday year

Ultrarunner hopes Deep 50 Challenge will raise $5,000 for Help Fill A Dream

Local author wins gold medal for new book Fat Cats

Former parks warden’s series welcomes new addition to the canon

Oak Bay to host secondary suite open house on Thursday

Online secondary suite survey will run April 25 until May 10

Ancient microbes discovered off the Juan de Fuca Ridge potentially offers glimpse into alien life

The marine bacteria is dependent on hydrogen, a compound present almost everywhere

Sidney Lions dish $4,000 to help build on growing trishaw bike charity

Cycling Without Age Society draws attention as far off as Washington

WATCH: Movie star and PACE alum Calum Worthy talks musical theatre and his career

“American Vandal” and “Austin and Ally” actor has been returning to the program for over 20 years

POLL: How often does your family use BC Ferries?

Navigating the lineups for BC Ferries is a way of life for… Continue reading

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of April 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

RCMP confirm witnesses say body found at Kelowna’s Gyro Beach

Police tape is blocking part of the beach and several RCMP officers are on scene.

B.C. fire department rescues kittens

Enderby homeowner not aware kittens in wood pile near garbage pile fire that got out of hand

QUIZ: How much do you know about Easter?

Take this short quiz and put your knowledge to the test

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

Global Affairs warns Canadians in Sri Lanka there could be more attacks

A series of bomb blasts killed at least 207 people and injured hundreds more

Most Read