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MAY, Elizabeth, O.C., LL.B.
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Current Member of The House of Commons - Saanich--Gulf Islands, British Columbia
Date of Birth ( 1954.06.09
Place of Birth: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Profession | Occupation: Activist, environmentalist, executive director, lawyer, writer
Party Leader:
Contact Information
Language Preference: English
^ Parliamentary Address
Telephone: 613-996-1119
Fax: 613-996-0850
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6
^ Constituency Address
Telephone: 250-657-2000 Toll Free: 1-800-667-9188 Fax: 250-657-2004 E-Mail:
9711 Fourth Street, Suite 1
Sidney, British Columbia
V8L 2Y8
Federal Political Experience
Years of Service: 2339 Days (6 years, 4 months, 27 days)
^ House of Commons
ConstituencyPolitical Affiliation at ElectionDate of Election (
Saanich--Gulf Islands, British Columbia Green Party 2015.10.19 Elected
Saanich--Gulf Islands, British Columbia Maiden speech. Green Party 2011.05.02 Elected
Central Nova, Nova Scotia Green Party 2008.10.14 Defeated
London North Centre, Ontario Green Party 2006.11.27
Cape Breton Highlands--Canso, Nova Scotia Independent 1980.02.18 Defeated

^ Parliamentary Group
PartyTerm (
Green Party 2011.05.02 -

^ Offices and Roles as a Parliamentarian

Area of ResponsibilityTerm (
Prime Minister 2011.05.02 -
Democratic Reform 2011.05 - 2014.02

^ Committees - House of Commons
Committee membership is shown below by session. All members who served on a committee at any time during a session are listed.

CommitteeRoleDuring Session
Special Committee on Electoral Reform Member 42nd Parl., 1st Session (2015.12.03 - )
Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform Member 42nd Parl., 1st Session (2015.12.03 - )

^ Political Party Roles
Green Party of Canada

RoleTerm (
Leadership Candidate 2006.08.26 - 2006.08.26
Party Leader 2006.08.26 -
Selected Publications This bibliography includes books, chapters in books and journal articles written, edited, compiled or translated solely by the parliamentarian or with others.

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^ Sole Author Books

  • At the cutting edge: the crisis in Canada's forests.
    Toronto : Key Porter Books; 2005. 431 p.

  • At the cutting edge: the crisis in Canada's forests; foreword by Farley Mowat; afterword by Glen W. Davis.
    Toronto : Key Porter Books; 1998. xv, 294 p.

  • Budworm battles: the fight to stop the aerial insecticide spraying of the forests of eastern Canada / edited by Richards Rogers.
    [Tantallon, N.S.] : Four East Publications; 1982. 139 p.

  • How to save the world in your spare time.
    Toronto : Key Porter Books; 2006. 207 p.

  • Losing confidence: power, politics, and the crisis in Canadian democracy.
    Toronto : McClelland & Stewart; 2009. 268 p.

  • Paradise won: the struggle for South Moresby.
    Toronto : McClelland & Stewart; c1990. xv, 318 p.

  • Who We Are: Reflections on My Life and Canada.
    Vancouver : Greystone Books; 2014. 240 p.


  • A practical environmental education: shrinking ecological footprints, expanding political ones.
    Our Schools, Our Selves. 19 (1):17-25 Fall 2009.

  • The environment: a place to visit.
    Women & Environments International Magazine. no. 60/61:8 Fall 2003.

  • The environment; from local to global in a cosmic blink of 25 years.
    Policy options. 26 (3):66 Mar./Apr. 2005.

  • L'environnement : un enjeu devenu mondial en une milli-seconde cosmique.
    Options politiques. 26 (3):66 mars/avril 2005.

  • From brown to green.
    HazMat Management. 20 (4):18 Fall 2008.

  • From Montreal to Kyoto: how we got from here to there - or not.
    Policy options. 24:14-18 Dec. 2002/Jan. 2003.

  • The Green Party and the power of one.
    Policy Options. p. 48-52 Oct. 2011.

  • Judgement at Rio.
    Policy options. 14 (7):12-5 Summer 1993.

  • The politics of climate change at the Montreal Conference: high stakes for the Martin government, the Kyoto Protocol and the future of the planet.
    Policy options. 27:27-32 Dec. 2005/Jan. 2006.

  • Run for the cause: with cancer rates on the rise, it's time to persuade our government to protect us from the causes.
    Briar patch. 32 (10):7 Dec. 2003/Jan. 2004.

  • The saga of bill C-30: from clean air to climate change, or not.
    Policy options. 28 (5):42 May 2007.

  • Wanted: climate change leadership.
    Oilweek. 58 (1):8 Jan. 2007.

  • Welcome to the tar ponds: where life is a political and scientific experiment.
    Briar patch. 31 (3):8 Apr. 2002.

  • When Canada led the way: a short history of climate change.
    Policy options. 27 (8):49 Oct. 2006.

^ Multiple Authors Books

  • Frederick Street: life and death on Canada's Love Canal. Barlow, Maude and Elizabeth May
    Toronto : HarperCollins Publishers; 2000. 226 p.

  • Global warming for dummies. May, Elizabeth and Zoë Caron
    Mississauga, Ont. : J. Wiley & Sons Canada; 2008. xviii, 362 p.


  • The adaptation deficit in water resource management. Burton, Ian and Elizabeth May
    IDS Bulletin. 35(3):31-7 July 2004.

  • Living law: legal tools for reshaping the environment. May,Elizabeth, Ramani Nadarajah and Michelle Swenarchuk
    Women & Environments. 12 (3-4):32 Winter/Spring 1991.

  • Living the law: legal tools for reshaping the environment. May, Elizabeth, Ramani Nadarajah and Michelle Swenarchuk
    Women and environments. 13(2):10 Winter/Spring 1991.

  • On the edge. Barlow, Maude and Elizabeth May
    The Canadian Forum. 6:20 Apr. 2000.

  • The tar ponds. May, Elizabeth and Maude Barlow
    Alternatives Journal. 27 (1):7 Winter 2001.

  • The tar ponds: twelve years after the coke ovens of Sydney, Nova Scotia, were closed down, the city's residents are still living with 700,000 tonnes of toxic ooze. May, Elizabeth and Maude Barlow
    Alternatives Journal. 27 (1):7 Winter 2001.

  • Unlikely allies join to protect Canada's species at risk. Morbia, Rita and Elizabeth May
    Global Biodiversity. 8 (3):19-21 Winter 1998.

  • Why talk about women and the environment? A panel discussion. Davies, Katherine, Joy Fedorick, Elizabeth May and Fiona Nelson
    Women and environments. 13(2):10 Winter/Spring 1991.


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