In The News This Week – August 20, 2017

Hey Canada! While everyone’s prepping for #SolarEclipse2017, don’t forget to catch up on the top political stories from this week:

  1. NAFTA: The first round of NAFTA negotiations kicked off in Washington, D.C. last Wednesday, and concluded on Sunday with a consensus from all three countries that major issues need to be sorted out in the talks ahead. You can find the full Trilateral Statement here, which calls the NAFTA talks both a “renegotiation” and a “modernization.” The next round will be held in Mexico City from Sept. 1-5. (Huffington Post Canada)
    • Among the two-dozen-plus topics discussed so far were auto-parts rules, cutting edge pharmaceuticals, and labour, with the U.S. hinting on Day 1 that it might favour a “Made in America” style content quota. The United States has also formally demanded the Chapter 19 dispute resolution panels favoured by Canada be scrapped, according to a recent article from The Globe.
  2. Steve Bannon: After days of rumours, on Friday the White House announced the departure of Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. Bannon had been a key adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump’s general election campaign and a forceful but contentious presence in a divided White House. (CBC)
    • Here is the statement from the White House: “White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day. We are grateful for his service and wish him the best.”
  3. Spain & Burkina Faso: Our hearts are with the people of Spain and Burkina Faso, both of which were victims of deadly terrorist attacks last week. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says two Canadians were among 18 people killed in the attack on a popular restaurant in Burkina Faso. A Canadian was also killed in the Barcelona attack, and four other Canadian nationals were injured. The death toll from the attacks in Spain has now risen to 15. (The Globe and Mail, Global News)
Source: Judi Bottoni, The Associated Press

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