Happy Sunday, Canada! Here’s a quick recap of the biggest stories in politics this past week:
1. Canada Child Benefit: Payments from the Liberal government’s new Canada Child Benefit (CCB) started this past Wednesday, July 20. The non-taxable CCB will provide families with children under the age of six as much as $6,400 per child per year. Families with kids between six and 17 will receive a maximum of $5,400 annually under the new plan. The benefit is expected to cost $22.4 billion over five years. It also won’t be indexed to inflation until 2020. – CBC.ca, TheGlobeandMail.com
- FYEI (For Your Extra Information): The federal government offers an online calculator to help people see how much they will receive. Check it out here.
2. Premiers’ Meeting: At the annual Premiers’ Meeting held this year in Whitehorse, Yukon a number of important agreements were made. Included below are some highlights:
- A new deal on inter-provincial trade: The Premiers reached an “unprecedented” Canadian free-trade deal. The Canadian free-trade agreement (CFTA), which replaces the previous 23 year old agreement on internal trade, is meant to cover most goods and services and according to Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski “virtually covers the entire Canadian economy.” (CBC)
- A new agreement on wine: BC, Ontario and Quebec announced an agreement on Friday that would make it easier to purchase Canadian wines that aren’t in the province you live. (CBC)
- New health accord: The Premiers were also unanimous in calling for a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this fall to negotiate a new health accord. New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant was making his case for special increases in health care funding for the province, largely because of the province’s aging population. (CBC)
3. Republican National Convention: On Tuesday, Donald Trump became the official US presidential nominee for the Republican Party. During his speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday night, Trump attacked two of Canada’s “bedrock institutions” – NATO and NAFTA. – CBC.ca
- FYEI (For Your Extra Information): The Democratic National Convention will be held July 25-29 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
4. Attack’s in Munich: An 18-year-old German-Iranian man opened fire in a crowded Munich shopping mall and a nearby McDonald’s Friday night, killing nine people and wounding 16 others before killing himself. Officials say the gunman had no overt ties to the Islamic State or other terrorist groups.
- Check out this great article from The Globe and Mail, that discusses Munich, Turkey, Brexit and Trump and how these seemingly disconnected events all relate to each other.