Happy Sunday, Canada! As the Olympics come to a close and we say goodbye to Canada’s band (The Tragically Hip), here’s a quick update on this week’s top political stories:
1. Trudeau prepares for his first trip to China as Prime Minister: Justin Trudeau is preparing for his first trip to China as Canada’s Prime Minister, “a visit that’s expected to lay the groundwork for his approach to Canada’s sometimes-bumpy relationship with the world’s second-biggest economy.” (Maclean’s)
- Trudeau has signalled his intention to deepen business ties with China, as his government looks to make inroads into the rapidly expanding Asian markets. The push could one day lead to a free-trade deal, something China has said it would like to pursue. At the same time, the Trudeau government has to grapple with the Canadian public’s negative perception of the Chinese regime and their poor human rights record. (The Globe and Mail)
2. BC’s new Climate Change Plan: BC Premier Christy Clark announced Friday that her government has ruled out any increase to its milestone carbon tax in an effort to balance climate change policies with family affordability, protecting the economy and job creation (the tax will remain at $30 a tonne). Ms. Clark said “…we will consider raising the carbon tax as other provinces catch up. …We are far ahead of everybody else.” (The Globe and Mail, Weekend Edition – p.A4)
3. The Canadian government begins mapping out US election outcomes: The Canadian government has begun a wide-ranging exercise to plan for the potential effects of the American election, a process that involves the embassy in Washington, Canada’s dozen consulates in the U.S., numerous federal departments, and is being centrally co-ordinated by the ministers on the cabinet committee for Canada-U.S. relations. (iPolitics)
- Check out this article from The Canadian Press for more information on the government’s top considerations.
4. Rio 2016, Canadian Highlights: As we prepare for the Olympic’s closing ceremonies this evening, here are some quick highlights from our very own Canadian athletes!
- De Grasse owns the track: Andre De Grasse won a bronze medal in the men’s 100m sprint, a silver medal in the men’s 200m sprint and an additional bronze medal in the men’s 4 x 100m relay, becoming the first Canadian male to win medals in the 100m and 200m at the same Olympics since Percy Williams did it at Amsterdam 1928. (Olympic.ca)
- Women’s soccer: In a remarkable effort, the Canadian women’s soccer shocked the host nation Brazil by taking home the bronze medal on Friday.
- Canada’s flag bearer: Penny Oleksiak, who won four medals during these Olympic games, has been named Canada’s flag bearer for tonight’s Olympic closing ceremony (Sportsnet).
5. Trudeau & The Tragically Hip: Justin Trudeau joined thousands in Kingston last night and thousands more across the country for The Tragically Hip’s concert last night in Kingston, which is expected to be the band’s final show. In an interview with CBC, Trudeau said “It was an extraordinary opportunity for everyone in Kingston, but indeed across the country, to celebrate an iconic Canadian and an extraordinary band. It was a great and moving night and I was extremely privileged to be part of it.” (CBC)