Welcome to October mPolitics readers! Here is what happened in Canadian and international politics in the last week of September:
1.Bill C-51 – This week the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada released their annual report on privacy. The report specifically criticized elements of Bill C-51 that allow information sharing about citizens, thereby compromising privacy. The Liberals, who supported C-51 while in opposition but promised during the election campaign to repeal unconstitutional elements, have responded by announcing public consultations before moving to repeal. The NDP, clearly fed up with the lack of action from the Liberals, tabled a private members bill this week to repeal Bill C-51. – Toronto Star
2. Presidential Debate – It was the most talked about event of the week: the first of three debates between Republican Nominee Donald Trump and Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton. Reporters and strategists agree that Trump started off strong, but Clinton quickly had him on the defensive, leading to many offside and unfactual statements, childish interruptions and bombastic rants. Of those surveyed, 62% thought Clinton had won the debate, while only 27% thought Trump. What a surprise. For a few good reads on what this means (if anything) and how we got here, see these articles by Andrew Coyne, National Post and Marsha Lederman, Globe and Mail.
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3. Shimon Peres – Former Israeli Prime Minister, President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Shimon Peres died this week at the age of 93. He was widely respected for his lifetime of work negotiating and keeping peace in the Middle East. Prime Minister Trudeau, Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose, and former Prime Ministers Stephen Harper and Jean Chretien all attended the funeral. – Globe and Mail
4. Expense Scandal Part Two – Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose is being criticized by the Liberals for a $4000 moving expense associated with her cutting her Ottawa lease early to move into the official Opposition residence. – Globe and Mail
5. Money, Money, Money – Several Canadian city mayors including Toronto Mayor John Tory met this week with Jean-Yves Duclos, the Federal Government Minister for Families, Children and Social Development to request funding for public housing. $20 billion has been allocated in the Federal budget for “social infrastructure”, however Duclos was non-committal, noting a “comprehensive national housing strategy must be completed before any longer-term money could flow.” – Globe and Mail
Coming up this week:
- The Liberals are expected to make moves on the Climate Change portfolio with a proposal to ratify the Paris climate agreement in the House of Commons and a meeting between Premiers and Minister of the Environment Catherine McKenna on Monday.
Source: American Press, Evan Vucci