Welcome to December – the Holiday season is officially upon us! Here is what made headlines this week in Canada:
1. Pipeline Approvals: The Federal Liberals approved two pipelines this week – Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain and the Enbridge Line 3 – and killed the proposal for the Northern Gateway Pipeline. This could be great news for the Alberta economy, but environmentalists and indigenous communities are raising concerns. This CBC article summarizes the different projects and players involved.
2. Cash-for-Access Fundraisers (again): Reports came out that the Prime Minister was lobbied by Chinese investors at a private fundraiser where the price of attendance was $1500/person. The Liberals have come under fire from the opposition for this in the past, and again this week had to respond to concerns of ‘being bought’. – Globe and Mail
3. Electoral Reform Committee Releases Findings: The special all-party committee who was tasked with studying electoral reform released their recommendation this week after months of research and consultation with Canadians. The committee recommended that the government hold a national referendum on whether the government should move to a proportional representation system.
- Maryam Monsef, Democratic Institutions Minister, criticized the committee for not recommending a specific proportional representation electoral system, and then subsequently apologized for her comments on Friday. – Toronto Star, Globe and Mail
4. November Employment Figures Released: Unemployment fell to 6.8% in November, down from 7% the month prior. The decrease is largely due to a number of job seekers dropping out of the search for work. Furthermore, full-time employment dropped while there was a large increase in part time work. – Huffington Post
Image Source: Justin Tang, Canadian Press