In The News This Week – June 5, 2016

mPolitics is in NYC this weekend! Check out the top stories in Canadian politics from this past week:

1. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised the Pride Flag at the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill for the first time in Canadian history on Wednesday. Trudeau will make history when he becomes the first sitting prime minister to attend Pride parades. –

2. The Liberal government’s doctor-assisted dying bill will not make it into law before tomorrow’s Supreme Court of Canada deadline, with senators poised to propose a number of changes to the legislation next week. After two days of debate, the Senate on Friday passed Bill C-14 at second reading, which means it will make its way to a Senate committee for further study beginning on Monday. After the deadline passes, Canada will have no law governing doctor-assisted dying, although the Supreme Court’s ruling that the procedure be available to consenting adults with a “grievous and irremediable” medical condition who are suffering intolerably, will stand. –

3. Hunter Tootoo, former minister of fisheries and oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, resigned suddenly on Tuesday to seek treatment for addiction. Media reports allege that Tootoo’s addiction issues are being handled very differently from how they were dealt with for Liberal MP Seamus O’Regan. Trudeau has been criticized for his allegedly “curt statement” announcing Tootoo’s departure. –

  • FYEI (For Your Extra Information): Trudeau issued the following statement  on Tuesday night: “Effective immediately, the Honourable Hunter Tootoo has resigned from his position as Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. He will also be leaving the Liberal caucus.Mr. Tootoo will be taking time to seek treatment for addiction issues.” –

4. The Liberal’s have broken away from long standing tradition and opted for a ‘no clapping’ policy during Question Period. The Liberals say the proposal was adopted by consensus during their weekly caucus meeting Wednesday. – 

Trudeau Pride Flag
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raises the Pride flag at Parliament Hill – Chris Wattie/Reuters



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