In The News This Week – June 12, 2016

Happy Sunday, everyone! Catch up with us on this week’s top political stories:

1. Electoral Reform: After weeks of criticism from opposition parties in the House of Commons, the Liberal government has agreed to an NDP proposal that gives no one party a majority on a ‘special committee’ that will study electoral reform. –

  • FYEI (For Your Extra Information): The newly proposed 12-member committee would be composed of five Liberals, three Conservatives, two New Democrats, one member of the Bloc Québécois and Green MP Elizabeth May.

2. Bill C-14: The Senate has voted to remove end-of-life criteria from the Liberal government’s doctor-assisted dying bill. The Senate has decided to take out the phrase “reasonably foreseeable” death replacing it with broader language from the Supreme Court. The language from the Supreme Court states that a consenting and competent adult with a “grievous and irremediable” medical condition, who is suffering intolerably, would be eligible for assisted death. –

3. Ontario Cabinet Shift: Three Ontario cabinet ministers have quit ahead of an expected cabinet shuffle tomorrow from Premier Kathleen Wynne. Although Wynne has voiced her desire to “get closer to gender parity,” she will not follow Justin Trudeau’s lead by appointing women to half her cabinet positions. Wynne has said she is not a fan of quotas for appointing women. – 

4. CF-18s: Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Canada’s aging fleet of CF-18s fighter jets could leave the air force with a “capability gap.” The minister insisted that a gap will exist between the retirement of the CF-18s (projected by 2025) and the arrival of a new fighter. One solution is for the military to buy a number of F/A-18 Super Hornets, a modernized version of the CF-18. –

5. Gender Neutral O Canada Lyrics: The House of Commons is preparing to support Mauril Bélanger’s bill to change the words to the Canadian national anthem. Mr. Bélanger is trying for a second time to change the English version of the anthem from “true patriot love in all thy sons command” to “true patriot love in all of us command” – a proposal that is almost certain to be approved when it is put to a final vote of the Commons next Wednesday. –

6. Climate Change Action Plan: On June 8, the Ontario government officially released their five-year, $8.3 billion Climate Change Action Plan. You can check out the full version of the plan here

7. US Presidential Election: Hilary Clinton made history on Tuesday night as the first woman to become the presumptive presidential nominee of a major political party in the United States. “I’m going to take a moment later tonight and the days ahead to fully absorb the history we’ve made here,” she said during the speech. Remarks from her full victory speech can be read here:

Elections Canada Photo
Source: Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images (National Post)




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