Welcome to your weekly news round up! There were two major happenings in politics this week – and we have it all summarized for you:
1. Donald Trump became 45th President of The United States of America in an inauguration ceremony in Washington DC on Friday. Here’s what you need to know about the day and the events it inspired (Globe and Mail):
- Who was there? Republicans, supporters, a delegation from Canada, and all the past Presidents well enough to travel and their spouses – yes that includes Hilary Clinton.
- Who was not there? Dozens of Democratic lawmakers decided not to attend.
- What was his speech like? Most Presidents use the speech to unify the country, but not Trump. He kept with his populist rhetoric, railing against the elites, describing a nation overrun by poverty, gangs and violence, and citing his intention for ‘America First’ policies. For two great reads on the speech, see Elizabeth Renzetti, Globe and Mail and Haley Sweetland Edwards, TIME Magazine.
- What does it mean for Canada? The two biggest implications of an inward looking America are for trade, via NAFTA, and for military alliances, via NATO. The new President has railed on both, however until NAFTA is renegotiated or changes on NATO come to light, it is too soon to tell how Canada will be affected. Trudeau was not at the inauguration but did send a high level delegation including Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan.
- What about the Women’s March? The official March on Washington was scheduled on the first day after the inauguration to send a message to the new administration that Americans will stand up for women’s and other minority rights. 673 sister marches took place all over the world. For more information on the march, see the Official Women’s March Website.
- Are you interested in the state of democracy in 2017 after events like Trump and Brexit? mPolitics has a new piece up on where we are heading, check it out here: Democracy in 2017
2. The Conservative Leadership race in Canada took an interesting turn this week. On Tuesday, the candidates participated in the 2nd debate, which was French language only. The next morning, businessman and TV personality Kevin O’Leary announced his entry into the race. As a non-French speaker, he was criticized for holding off on his bid until after the French debate. O’Leary claims he is running because he is horrified at Trudeau’s policies and the debt being taken on by his government. He also mentioned that Trump comparisons were unfounded, as he is pro-immigration, and pro-globalization. His former colleague from Dragons Den, Arlene Dickinson, has given her insight into what Kevin would be like as a major party leader or a Prime Minister – it is not a glowing review. See her full reveal here. (CBC)
PS. An interesting read I came across this week in Foreign Policy Magazine about what the world will look like in 2050. Here’s a hint: Christianity will no longer be the world’s biggest religion, and working age populations will be in decline.
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