In The News This Week – August 7, 2017

We hope everyone is enjoying their Holiday Monday of the August long weekend! Here is a recap of the top political news from last week:

  1. Influx in Asylum Seekers: In the last two weeks, the Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle Quebec border has seen the number of claimants crossing and seeking asylum triple, from 50 to 200, per day. Many asylum seekers are of Haitian descent and are thought to be fleeing the US due to President Trump’s threat to end the temporary protected status for Haitians previously granted by President Obama. While Canadian Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen has confirmed that the government is prepared to handle the influx, he and Prime Minister Trudeau have also made comments urging the asylum seekers to use the proper immigration channels so as not to overwhelm the system. (CBC)
  2. MP Pension Payments: CBC News learned this week that 36 Members of Parliament are receiving pensions from past work in addition to their 6 figure paychecks. (CBC)
  3. Trouble in Venezuela: Last Sunday the Venezuelan government under President Nicolás Maduro held a reportedly undemocratic vote that would enable it to create a new legislative super-body. In recent years Venezuela has been rocked by economic and political troubles, and critics say this is the latest move to consolidate power, and move away from a democratic to a more dictatorial government. The US responded this week by placing sanctions on Venezuela. Canada has publicly denounced the Venezuela vote and other undemocratic actions, but has not yet placed any sanctions. (CNNCBC)
  4. Sanctions on North Korea: This week the United Nations Security Council unanimously imposed strict new economic sanctions on North Korea, in direct response to the dictatorship’s nuclear and missile tests. (Globe and Mail)
  5. Trump Transcripts: This week the Washington Post published transcripts of several calls between President Trump and other world leaders, including a call between Trump and Mexican President Peña Nieto discussing NAFTA where Trump said: “Well, Canada is no problem – do not worry about Canada, do not even think about them. That is a separate thing and they are fine and we have had a very fair relationship with Canada. It has been much more balanced and much more fair. So we do not have to worry about Canada, we do not even think about them.”
  6. Goodbye Scaramucci: The Whitehouse Communications Director was dismissed this week after serving for only 10 days… many say his dismissal is due to last weeks rant to a journalist that reportedly embarrassed the President. (BBC)

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Source: People

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