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1. Immigration Minister John McCallum is under fire this week from various groups trying to privately sponsor Syrian refugees. The groups claim that since meeting the 25,000 refugee election pledge, the Liberals have slowed their efforts to relocate privately sponsored refugees – cutting offshore UNHCR workers and being vague about application processing timelines. Late this week McCallum’s office clarified that all applications for private sponsorship submitted by March 31 would be processed by late 2016 or early 2017, in addition to 10,500 applications also allotted for private sponsorship of Syrian refugees in 2016. – CBC, Globe and Mail
2. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington this week along with over 50 other world leaders. The Prime Minister pledged “$42 million to help secure nuclear stockpiles and to dispose of highly radioactive material around the world”, as well as an additional “$51 million to help fund counterterrorism measures in the Middle East and North Africa” – Globe and Mail, Global News
- FYEI (For Your Extra Information): The Nuclear Security Summit was started by US President Barack Obama in 2010 and is hosted every few years to discuss solutions to global security threats posed by nuclear terrorism. For more details on the history and accomplishments of the NSS see History of the NSS.
3. There is lots happening in Provincial politics these days, including:
- Saskatchewan will vote on Monday for their Provincial leadership. The ‘Saskatchewan Party’ of current Premier Brad Wall is expected to win, granting Wall a 3rd term as Premier. Wall is currently the only Conservative provincial party leader among Canada’s 13 provinces and territories – Globe and Mail
- The Ontario Liberal Government under Kathleen Wynne is being criticized for their feet-dragging when it comes to changing the party’s fundraising practices. These practices include a $100,000 fundraising target per cabinet minister, much of which is funded through corporations and unions for whom the party crafts policy, thereby creating a conflict of interest. – Globe and Mail1, Globe and Mail2
The Nuclear Security Summit in action this week, Source: Flickr