It’s been a relatively quiet week in Canadian politics; here is what has been making headlines:
1. The RCMP thwarted a homegrown terrorist plot in Strathroy, Ontario this week. The individual responsible, Aaron Driver, was living under a peace bond after his extremist views had been made known to authorities. On Wednesday, the RCMP were notified by the FBI that the suspect had posted a video pledging allegiance to the Islamic State, and showed up at the suspects house to stop him from traveling to a London ON mall with homemade bombs. After the suspect detonated one bomb in a cab, he was shot and killed by the RCMP. This case has raised many questions by concerned citizens on national security, surveillance of persons of interest, and the usefulness of peace bonds. – CBC, Globe and Mail, National Post
- FYEI (For your extra information): The Department of Justice website explains that a peace bond is used “where an individual (the defendant) appears likely to commit a criminal offence, but there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an offence has actually been committed.” The conditions of each peace bond are different, and depend on the would-be crime.
2. Prime Minister Trudeau made known his intention to issue an official apology to the LGBTQ community for their historic persecution. The official apology will take place this Fall, and is being applauded by many who were impacted by the persecution and various prosecutions in the late 20th century, as detailed in this piece by John Ibbitson at the Globe and Mail. – Globe and Mail
3. Applications closed this week for Prime Minister Trudeau’s Youth Advisory Council. According to the Government of Canada Youth Council page, the council will be made up of 16-24 year olds who meet several times a year, to “advise the Prime Minister on national issues such as employment, access to education, building stronger communities, climate change and clean growth.” As of Friday, over 9000 applications were received for the Youth Council. The Council is another indication of Trudeau’s pledge to listen to and consult with Canadians. – Globe and Mail
4. As week 1 of the Olympics draws to a close, Canadians are celebrating the success of their female athletes, who have won 12 medals total for the country so far. At mPolitics we are politically impressed by, and extending heartfelt congratulations to, 4-medal winner and Olympic swimmer Penny Oleksiak, and repeat gold medalist in trampoline, Rosie Maclennan. Go Canada Go! – CBC Olympics
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marching in the 2016 Pride Parade