It’s hard to believe we are more than halfway through October! It’s been a crazy month with no shortage of political headlines both on the domestic and international stage. Here’s a quick look at this week’s top stories:
- A visit from the French Prime Minister: French Prime Minister Manuel Valls spent two days in Canada this week. Prime Minister Trudeau and Valls reportedly affirmed their mutual support Thursday for a Canada-European Union free trade deal that faces growing resistance in parts of Europe. Valls revealed that he expects the prime minister to be in Brussels Oct. 27 to sign the deal. (National Post)
- Canada’s Africa Mission: The Liberal government is ready to put Canadian troops in harm’s way in Africa but only where it can be assured the mission will have a meaningful impact, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said. This pending military deployment received outward support from the French Prime Minister, who called the government’s decision to reengage Canada on the international scene “crucial.” (Toronto Star)
- Jim Prentice: Former Alberta premier Jim Prentice was among four people killed in a small-plane crash in British Columbia on Thursday night. Prentice became Alberta premier in September 2014 when he won the leadership of Progressive Conservative Party. For an in-depth look at Jim Prentice’s political legacy, check out this piece from The Globe and Mail. (CBC)
- Erin O’Toole launches Conservative leadership bid: Conservative MP Erin O’Toole has joined the growing number of candidates to replace former prime minister Stephen Harper as party leader. The former veterans affairs minister, who has represented the Toronto-area riding of Durham, Ont., since 2012, will be the third official leadership candidate from the populous province when he completes his registration with the party next week, following fellow MPs Kellie Leitch and Michael Chong. (The Globe and Mail)
- Nigeria’s Chibok schoolgirls freed in Boko Haram deal: Twenty-one of the schoolgirls kidnapped in 2014 by Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria, have been freed, the president’s spokesman has confirmed. BBC has the details on this story.
- Race for the White House: The US Presidential race continues to defy even the wildest of expectations. In case you missed the latest soap-opera esque developments this week, here is a recap:
- At least 11 women have come forward and accused Donald Trump of sexual assault or sexual misconduct. Trump has repeatedly denied the allegations, calling them “fabricated” and “pure fiction.” TIME Magazine has the full manuscript from Trump’s speech addressing this issue.
- Donald Trump has made repeated allegations that the presidential race was being “rigged” against him at voting locations. “The election is being rigged by corrupt media pushing completely false allegations and outright lies in an effort to elect her president,” he said. (CBC)
- Hacked emails released in daily dispatches this past week by the WikiLeaks group exposed the inner workings of Hillary Clinton’s campaign leading up to her 2015 announcement that she would seek the presidency, and through this year’s primary. iPolitics takes a look at what the emails reveal.
- FYEI (For Your Extra Information): Make you sure follow us this Wednesday, October 19 as we live-Tweet the final US Presidential Debate.