Happy Sunday, Canada! We officially have a new Leader of the Opposition in our country. Catch up on this story and more in this week’s update:
1. A new (conservative) leader: Andrew Scheer has been elected leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, ousting perceived frontrunner Maxime Bernier. Sheer received 50.95 per cent of the votes in the final ballot against Bernier, who had led throughout the previous 12. Many are calling this a “major upset” and many more attributing his win to a boost from Canada’s social conservatives. (The Globe and Mail, The Hill Times)
- FYEI: For an overview of Sheer’s policies, check out our recent opinion post.
2. B.C. Update: The B.C. Liberals’ minority government was confirmed last week after a final vote count from the May 9 election. The Liberals finished one seat short of a majority, with 43 seats in the 87-seat legislature. The NDP has 41 seats and the Greens hold the balance of power with three seats. Premier Christy Clark has issued a statement saying the Liberals intend to form a government. (Huffington Post Canada)
- What have Canada’s minority governments looked liked in the past? The Globe and Mail has that story.
3. Ottawa’s Innovation Agenda: The federal government kicked-off the centrepiece of its innovation agenda on Wednesday, officially launching a program that will disburse $950-million to as many as five “supercluster” initiatives geared toward creating high-paying jobs in fast-growing sectors. These fast growing sectors includ: advanced manufacturing, agri-food, clean technology, digital technology, health-bioscience, clean resources, infrastructure and transportation. (The Globe and Mail)
4. Manchester Attack: Our thoughts are with the city of Manchester following last week’s deadly suicide bombing that killed 22 people and injured over 60. Authorities have since named the attacker as Salman Abedi, a UK born 22 year old of Libyan origin. Police have conducted multiple raids in connection with the attack, and have made “significant” arrests, with 8 people still in custody. (BBC)
5. NATO & G7 Summits: Justin Trudeau arrived in Brussels on Wednesday for a NATO leaders’ summit and is now in Italy for the G7 summit and an upcoming meeting with the Pope. The two most-talked-about subjects at this year’s G7 Summit were climate change and trade, accompanied by discussions about terrorism and the migrant crisis. (Global News, Toronto Star)