In The News This Week – September 11, 2016

Happy Sunday, Canada! In addition to the news that one conservation group has taken the giant panda of its endangered species list, here are this week’s top stories:

1. G20 Summit Wraps Up: The G20 Summit, held in Hangzhou, China, wrapped up early this week and according to Reuters “few concrete proposals emerged.” Leaders from the world’s top economies broadly agreed to coordinate macroeconomic policies and to oppose protectionism, but discussions at the meeting were largely distracted by North Korea test-firing three medium-range ballistic missiles. (The Globe and Mail)

2. Kellie Leitch’s ‘immigrant screening’ proposal: Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch came under fire this week for her proposal to screen immigrants for “anti-Canadian values.” Ms. Leitch has pointed to five values she considers quintessentially Canadian: equality of opportunity, hard work, generosity, freedom and tolerance. In an interview with The Globe, Leitch said: “I will not be changing my position with respect to this. I think it’s important that we have a constructive and positive discussion about what that unified Canadian identity is.” (The Globe and Mail)

  • FYEI (For Your Extra Information): Conservative MP Michelle Rempel launched a Twitter offensive against Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch’s proposal. iPolitics has the deets on the tweets.

3. Emergency meeting for the Commons finance committee: The Commons finance committee held an emergency meeting on Friday to talk about the tentative agreement the federal and provincial governments struck three months ago on changes to the CPP. As the CPP expansion plan is put under the microscope, it will be up to the Liberal government to decide whether they will go ahead with hearings. (Huffington Post)

  • FYEI (For Your Extra Information): Criticisms on the changes have been focused on the impact to small businesses, with some small businesses saying they might delay investments in their companies or freeze wages to pay for the bump in premiums. No changes to the Canada Pension Plan can take place without the agreement of seven out of 10 provinces representing two-thirds of the country’s population. Without B.C. and Quebec agreeing to the changes, the deal would fall apart.

4. North Korea: North Korea fired three ballistic missiles Monday morning, according to South Korea’s military. Officials said the launch was believed to be of midrange Rodong missiles, which flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) entering Japan’s air defense identification zone. (CNN)

Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch. (Source: Sean Kilpatrick, The Canadian Press)

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