In The News This Week – November 27, 2016

Happy Grey Cup Sunday, Canada! Here are this week’s top stories:

1. Replacing the CF-18s: The Liberal government says it will begin the process of buying 18 Boeing Super Hornet jet fighters, part of a full-fledged replacement program for the entire existing fleet of CF-18s before the end of the end of its term. – CBC

2. Goodbye to coal: The Liberal government has unveiled a plan to phase out the use of coal-fired electricity in Canada by 2030. The goal is to make sure 90 per cent of Canada’s electricity comes from sustainable sources by that time — up from 80 per cent now, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said Monday. – iPolitics

3. Bill to roll back voting changes: The Liberal government has tabled a bill to roll back a number of controversial changes to Canada’s voting process. Changes would include: relaxing voter identification rules, permitting expatriate Canadian citizens who have previously lived in Canada to vote, and restoring Elections Canada’s mandate to educate and encourage voters. – iPolitics

4. La Francophonie Summit: The PM is finishing up his first official visit to Africa this weekend, where he is leading the Canadian delegation to this year’s La Francophonie Summit in Madagascar. The PM’s address during the opening ceremonies condemned violence against women and girls, female genital mutilation and lack of safe access to abortion. He also took issue with the treatment of LGBT people. – CBC

5. Possible recounts following the US election results: Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein formally filed for a vote recount in the state of Wisconsin on Friday. So far, she has raised $5.1 million (U.S.) toward her crowdfounding goal of $7 million to push for recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania – states where Donald Trump won by very thin margins. Hillary Clinton’s campaign said yesterday that it will also take part in these efforts. – The Globe and Mail Weekend, CNN

6. Fidel Castro: Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has passed away at the age of 90. A notoriously divisive political figure, Castro’s system of one-man and one-party rule kept him in power for 49 years, the longest of any head of government in the world. Here is a statement from PM Justin Trudeau, following his death. According to reports (including this CBC article), Trudeau faces considerable backlash for expressing “deep sorrow” about the death. – CBC 

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Justin Trudeau and former Cuban leader Fidel Castro at Pierre Trudeau’s funeral in 2000. Source: BBC/Getty Images
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