In The News This Week – July 16, 2017

Happy Sunday readers! mPolitics has the latest political headlines from this past week to keep you in the know:

In Canadian News:

  • The new GG: This week former astronaut Julie Payette was nominated to be the next Governor General of Canada. (Globe and Mail)
  • MMIW Update: This week Minister Marilyn Poitras of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls resigned. This is the second high-level resignation within two weeks, and many families are calling for a total rehaul of the inquiry, including resignations of the entire commission. (Toronto StarCTV News)
  • US Ambassador to Canada: Republican fundraiser and businesswoman Kelly Knight Craft was nominated by President Trump this week to be the next US Ambassador to Canada. It is expected that she will be in place by the time NAFTA negotiations begin – likely in August. (CTV News, Globe and Mail)
  • Marijuana Legalization in Ontario: The Ontario Attorney General is gathering feedback on marijuana legalization through an online survey that you can access here.

In International News:

  • Trump Campaign and Russia: Details continue to unfold about the secret meeting that Donald Trump Jr. had with a Russian lawyer during the Presidential campaign to apparently receive dirt on Hilary Clinton. Critics say this continues to point toward collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign to influence the election in Trump’s favour. (New York Times)
    • NPR Politics Podcast has a useful summary of how this meeting fits into the broader collusion picture – listen here.
  • Chinese Activist Liu Xiaobo: Chinese Nobel Peace Prize Winner, and human rights and democracy activist Liu Xiaobo died this week. He was famously imprisoned for speaking out against the communist government in China, and recently was released from prison for health reasons. (Globe and Mail)


Image Source: Chris O’Meara, Associated Press

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