The summer weekends are busy, which makes it all the more difficult to keep up with the news. mPolitics has you covered! Check out the top stories from this week as you head into the work week:
- Premiers’ Meeting: This week, the Canadian premiers gathered in Edmonton for the annual Council of the Federation summer meeting. The agenda focused on the NAFTA negotiations and regulations for marijuana legalization, with discussions – lead by Manitoba Premier Brad Wall – suggesting that legalization should be delayed by one year. (CBC, Toronto Star)
- ICYMI: Three of the five national Indigenous groups invited to meet with the Canadian premiers on Monday chose to boycott the meeting. The groups say they should be at the table with the premiers and not be segregated. (CBC)
- NAFTA Objectives: Last Monday, the Trump administration released its goals for a new NAFTA. The U.S. says it wants better access for its exports of agriculture — including dairy products, wine and grain. It also wants freer trade in telecommunications, and online purchases; new rules on currency manipulation; and an overhaul of the dispute-settlement system. (Maclean’s)
- FYEI: The Trudeau government is now facing increased pressure to spell out what Canada hopes to achieve in the NAFTA negotiations, with both major opposition parties calling Prime Minister Trudeau to appear before a parliamentary committee ASAP. (The Globe and Mail)
- BC’s New Government: On July 18, British Columbia’s new NDP government was officially sworn into office. John Horgan has been sworn in as British Columbia’s 36th premier, along with his cabinet. The gender-balanced cabinet includes a minister of mental health and addictions (Judy Darcy), fulfilling a key campaign commitment.
- For a complete list of the NDP cabinet, check out this CBC article.
- Sean Spicer: White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned Friday morning after President Donald Trump named a new White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, a move Spicer adamantly opposed. Scaramucci announced that principal deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will take over as press secretary. (CNN)