In The News This Week – July 3rd 2016

Your weekly news round up for the last week of June – with lots to celebrate!

1. Happy Canada Day from mPolitics! We hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend and celebrating our wonderful country. For a few articles on what it means to be Canadian – from hockey, to multi-culturalism, to peacekeeping – check out these pieces in the Globe and Mail from Elizabeth Renzetti and John Ibbitson

2. Happy Pride from mPolitics! Today is the first time a sitting Prime Minister will be marching in the Toronto Pride Parade. PM Justin Trudeau will be marching alongside the provincial and municipal heads of government, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory. – CTV

3. US President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto were in Ottawa for this week for the North American Leaders Summit – popularly known as the ‘3 Amigos Summit’. This article from Macleans summarizes the outcomes of the Summit, mainly:

  • Visas: Trudeau agreed to remove the requirement for Mexicans traveling to Canada to attain a Visa
  • Trade: There was consensus among the leaders to advance trade between the 3 countries, who are each other’s largest trading partners. This includes reducing barriers to trade, creating a single Trusted Traveler program to streamline border crossing, aligning business standards and regulation
  • Environment: The leaders negotiated a North American Climate, Clean Energy and Environment Partnership to work together towards climate change goals and the creation of green energy. Specifically the leaders have committed to generating 50 percent of electricity with clean power by 2025, and reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40 to 45 percent by 2025.

Moreover, the Summit made headlines as it was President Peña Nieto’s first time in Canada, and President Obama’s first time addressing the Canadian House of Commons. You can read the full discussion from the Leaders Press Conference here at Time.com.

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