This week, we welcomed the Royal Family, witnessed two more tragic police shootings in the United States, and learned about the latest political spending scandal here in Canada. Here is a roundup of this week’s top stories:
1. ‘Unreasonable’ moving expenses: Two of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s most trusted advisers are repaying more than $65,000 in “unreasonable” expenses after the Liberal government controversially approved $207,052.11 to cover the cost of moving the pair from Toronto to Ottawa. In a statement released late Thursday night, the two said that while their moving expense claims followed government rules, they would repay $65,000 of the amount they received. (CBC)
- For an overview of the the last 10 years of relocation expenses for the PMO staffers, check out this chart from the Privy Council Office (PCO).
2. Trudeau addresses the UN: On September 2o, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York. According to reports, his speech included some less-than-subtle references to the politics practiced by people like Donald Trump, and politicians who exploit anxiety for personal gain. Before Trudeau delivered his first UN address, U.S. President Barack Obama gave his last. (Huffington Post Canada).
- For Your Extra Information (FYEI): Rex Murphy penned a scathing critique of the PM’s address, calling it a “meaningless speech to a worthless body.” (National Post)
3. Racial tension in the US: This week witnessed two more tragic shootings of black men by police in the United States, spurring nights of riot-filled streets and heavily armed police. Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old African-American man, was shot and killed by a police officer in Charlotte, North Carolina. Lamont’s death followed an additional shooting in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where another African-American man, Terrence Crutcher, 40, was also killed by a police officer. Police brutality, and the response of groups such as Black Lives Matter, have drawn renewed national attention to issues of race and policing in America. (Huffington Post)
- Check out this piece by Paul Koring that explores the political responses from Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton on this divisive issue.
4. Canada/China relations: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Ottawa this week. Major discussion points included the possibility of a free-trade deal between Canada and China as well as a possible extradition treaty, both of which have many contentious aspects. (Global News, The Globe and Mail)
5. Bombings of aid workers in Aleppo: The United Nations has halted all aid deliveries after an attack destroyed 18 trucks in rebel-held northern Aleppo and killed at least 20 people. Both Russia and Syria have denied striking the UN aid convoy. Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary-general , speaking at the General Assembly in New York, called those who attacked the convoy “cowards”. (Al Jazeera)
6. The Royals are in Canada: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (a.k.a. Will & Kate) along with their two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, touched down in Victoria, B.C. yesterday to kick off their Royal Tour here in Canada. Their tour will cover BC and the Yukon and will include stops in Vancouver, Victoria, Bella Bella, Haida Gwaii and Kelowna.
- For everything you need to know about the Royal Visit, check out this CTV article.