Happy Monday, Canada! Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start. Our weekly news roundup is slightly belated this week, but we hope it keeps you informed as you head into the Canada Day long weekend.
- Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin retires: The country’s longest-serving Supreme Court chief justice, appointed by prime minister Jean Chrétien in 2000, and to the court by prime minister Brian Mulroney in 1989, announced on Monday that she will retire, effective Dec. 15, nine months before she reaches the mandatory retirement age of 75.
- Read up on her legacy here.
- Canadian sniper’s record breaking shot: Major-General Michael Rouleau told The Globe and Mail on Thursday that a sniper with Joint Task Force 2 – which is the army’s top special forces unit – shattered the world military record with a confirmed kill at a distance of 3,540 metres, an “incredible martial achievement.” (The Globe and Mail)
- Liberals launch centre to prevent homegrown terrorism: The federal government has launched a new centre tasked with preventing the radicalization of Canadian young people. A special adviser will be named in the coming months to oversee the local outreach and research projects funded through the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence. (CBC)
- Senate passes budget with no amendments: Senators have agreed to pass the federal budget bill without amendments, ending the possibility of a standoff between Canada’s two chambers of Parliament and paving the way for the politicians’ summer break. (CBC)
- The bill was held up Wednesday over an amendment that would have removed a provision to tie annual increases in the alcohol excise duty to inflation. The senators wanted the amendment in order to retain their right to review tax increases. MPs unanimously rejected the Senate changes, punting the bill back to the Red Chamber.
- BC Liberal’s throne speech: British Columbia’s Lieutenant-Governor presented the province’s latest Throne Speech on Thursday, setting off a process that is expected to end the Liberal government of Premier Christy Clark. (The Globe and Mail)
- The speech, read by Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon, includes promises related to campaign finance reform, housing, education and transit. And some are eerily similar to promises put forward by the New Democrats – and which the Liberals derided as too expensive and irresponsible.