Here’s a look at what happened in Canadian politics this week:
1.First Ministers’ Meeting: On Thursday Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with Canada’s premiers to discuss how to achieve the greenhouse gas reductions agreed to in the Paris Climate Talks. The attendees agreed to “carbon pricing mechanisms” and will build a plan on what that means for each province before the next meeting in October – TheGlobeandMail.com
- An interesting read from the Globe and Mail’s Jeffrey Simpson on how the carbon pricing model in BC benefits consumers – TheGlobeandMail.com
2. Statistics Canada released a report outlining GDP, income and expenditure figures in Canada for Q4, 2015. Among the highlights: GDP grew 0.8% despite expectations by economists that there would be no growth – HuffingtonPost.ca
- FYEI (For your extra information): On Tuesday, Kijiji Canada launched their 2nd annual Second-Hand Economy Index – an in-depth analysis of the used goods market in Canada. The findings? This market was worth $36 billion in 2015.
3. A new Senate Committee report entitled ‘Obesity in Canada’ suggests new taxes on sugary drinks to try and reverse the obesity trend. Now it is up to the Federal government to review these findings and conduct their own research – CBC.ca
BC Premier Christy Clark, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the United Nations COP 21 climate change conference in Paris last November, Source: Flickr