MP Elizabeth May is elated as she is greeted by supporters at the Victoria International Airport last week.

Emotional homecoming greets MP May

Elizabeth May greeted back in Sidney by grateful constituents

Elizabeth May, Green Party leader and Saanich-Gulf Islands MP, returned from budget bill discussions in Ottawa to a supportive crowd at the Victoria International Airport on Friday. June 22.

Green Party supporter and North Saanich resident Jack Thornburgh said the group gathered at the airport to commend May on her actions in Ottawa during the Bill C-38 budget discussions.

“Her courageous opposition to the C-38 bill was amazing, so we wanted to appreciate her strong showing,” Thornburgh said. “She put so much effort into it, she was one of the only five people who stayed for all the votes, so we just think her commitment and her stamina is stunning. So we came here today to say thank you, welcome home and we support you.”

May’s tearful reaction to the small but passionate crowd was spurred on by an impromptu a capella rendition of “O Canada,” leaving the MP smiling as she left the airport.

“I have a feeling there’s not a single other MP in the house of commons that had constituents waiting for them [when they got home],” said May. “The support from the community means a lot to me – I’ve been getting emails, phone calls and tweets, so I’ve been feeling the love, but there’s nothing like coming home to this.”

 

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