Hey Canada! Hope everyone is enjoying their Labour Day Sunday. Here’s the first political update of September, to help you kick off the new school year informed:
- Cabinet Shuffle: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his cabinet on Monday, and among the biggest changes announced was the decision to divide the Ministry of Indigenous and Northern Affairs into two new departments. Carolyn Bennett now becomes minister of Crown-Indigenous relations and northern affairs, while Jane Philpott leaves the federal Health portfolio to become minister of Indigenous services. (CBC)
- Here is a breakdown of who’s who in the PM’s new cabinet, curtesy of CBC.
- Shadow Cabinet: On Wednesday, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer announced his ‘shadow cabinet’ – the list of those will sit on the Opposition front benches when the House of Commons returns next month. Maclean’s has the full list here.
- Small Business Tax: According to reports from CBC, some Liberal MPs are growing skittish as small business owners mobilize against proposals to change the tax regime, and they plan to tell Finance Minister Bill Morneau that his plans need a tweak to stave off an electoral backlash during the national caucus meeting in Kelowna, B.C. this week. (CBC)
- As an example of this, a new alliance of business groups called the Coalition for Small Business Tax Fairness says a proposed package of federal tax reforms would unfairly increase the burden on small-business owners and has provoked “an unprecedented degree of outrage.” The coalition released a public letter to Morneau on Thursday, asking him to abandon the reforms. (The Globe and Mail)
- North Korea: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has condemned North Korea’s latest nuclear weapon testing and is urging the United Nations to take further steps to contain the country’s nuclear proliferation efforts. North Korea announced this weekend that it had detonated its sixth and most powerful nuclear test yet, which it declared a “perfect success.” (CBC)
- ICYMI: On Tuesday, North Korea also fired a missile that flew over Japan and landed in waters off the northern region of Hokkaido. The test came as U.S. and South Korean forces conduct annual military drills on the peninsula, against which North Korea strenuously objects. (CBC)
- Hurricane Harvey: The federal government and the governments of Ontario and Quebec are readying relief supplies, including baby formula and cribs, for victims of hurricane Harvey. Trudeau and President Donald Trump spoke Thursday about the floods and relief efforts. “We are there for our friends suffering this terrible calamity of hurricane Harvey, and we will stand by them and offer them whatever support they need,” Trudeau said. (The Globe and Mail)
- The Harvey death toll has now risen to 50, as residents begin the long road to recovery. (The New York Post)