In The News This Week – February 19, 2017

This was a busy week for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and a big week for Canadian politics. Catch up on all the latest stories:

1. Trudeau & Trump: PM Justin Trudeau visited the White House on Monday for his first face-to-face meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. Here’s a quick recap of everything that unfolded (for a full overview, check out this article from The Globe and Mail): 

  • Canada won personal assurances from President Trump that the U.S. only wants to “tweak” the NAFTA provisions governing trade with Canada. Mr. Trump said his main aim in revamping NAFTA was to take aim at Mexico, which has a $58-billion (U.S.) trade deficit with the United States. (The Globe and Mail)
  • Canada and the U.S. launched a task force on women in business and entrepreneurship called the Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders.
  • The two countries also vowed to tighten their ties on energy, to work together to combat opioid trafficking and opioid-related deaths, and promised closer cooperation on border security and defense.

2. CETA: EU lawmakers approved CETA (the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the EU) this week. This CBC article provides an overview of what it means for Canadian consumers and industries. 

3. M103: Anti-Islamophobia Motion 103, which was tabled in December, was discussed at length in the House of Commons this week. The Motion “requests that the heritage committee conduct a study of Islamophobia and religious discrimination”  and provide recommendations to the government on how to respond. (CBC)

4. Trump’s rambling press conference: In a rambling and combative news conference on Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump aired his grievances about the news media, the intelligence community, and his detractors in general. Check out this great recap from Maclean’s

5. Toronto Budget: Toronto City Council approved the 2017 budget on Wednesday in a vote of 27-16. The $10.5 billion operating budget includes a two per cent residential property tax hike, a $80 million investment into transit and $250 million for repairs to Toronto Community Housing buildings. (Global News)

  • More information about the city’s budget can be found here.

6. Mosul: Iraq  has launched an operation to liberate Western Mosul from ISIS. The operation was announced early Sunday morning by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abad on state TV. Early today, U.S.-backed Iraqi forces began moving toward Mosul’s airport, the first target of the ground offensive. (CBC)

Trump and Trudeau participate in a joint news conference this past Monday, February 13. Source: Associated Press

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