Hey mPolitics readers! We’re happy to announce that this is our 101st blog post! Thanks for your readership and commitment to keeping up with Canadian and international politics. Now, for this weeks update:
Close to home:
- NAFTA Renegotiation: The second round of talks between Canada, the USA and Mexico took place this week. The countries appear to be focusing on the smaller areas of agreement before tackling the bigger sticking points, like trade deficits, labour reforms and region-specific content rules. (Huffington Post, Financial Times)
- Liberal Party Caucus Retreat & Tax Reforms: The top topic out of the party’s 2 day retreat in Kelowna BC this week is the party’s intended tax reforms for small businesses and the wealthy. Despite widespread criticism from small business owners and the Conservative party that these changes would have a negative impact on the middle class and the economy, Prime Minister Trudeau and his team are insistent on carrying forward with the majority of the plan. (Globe and Mail)
- Conservative Party Caucus Retreat: After new leader Andrew Scheer unveiled his ‘shadow cabinet’ last week (see more about that here), the party met this week in Winnipeg to align on their own strategy for how to keep the Liberals to account and grow the party when Parliament resumes on September 18th. (Macleans)
- NDP Leadership: The final NDP leadership debate takes place today, and the leadership vote is just around the corner. For more information, see the official website or this CTV overview of the candidates.
- #ICYMI (In Case You Missed It): NDP Leadership Candidate Jagmeet Singh made headlines this week when a video of him responding to an anti-Muslim protester went viral. He is being applauded for the grace with which he handled the situation. Watch the video here.
Outside our borders:
- DACA: President Trump has decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) plan initiated under President Obama in 2012 to allow undocumented child immigrants to legally partake in American life, citing that it denies jobs to Americans and puts the country “at risk of crime, violence and terrorism” (New York Times). For more on Canada’s response to this, including the potential immigration opportunities for American’s formerly protected under DACA, see this CBC article.
- Myanmar: Violence has broken out against a historically persecuted minority of people known as Rohingya Muslims in the majority Buddhist region of Rakhine, Myanmar, causing hundreds of thousands to flee to neighboring Bangladesh. Prime Minister Trudeau has spoken out against the leader of Myanmar’s failure to protect the Rohingya people. Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar, has honorary Canadian citizenship. (Globe and Mail)
- Natural Disasters: For the last few weeks Hurricane Harvey has created mass flooding in the US, and Hurricane Irma has wreaked similar havoc in the Caribbean. Across the ocean, widespread flooding in South Asia and Africa due to monsoons is also displacing millions of people. The scale of these natural disasters has opened much dialogue about climate change and government preparedness to handle them, in both the developing and developed world. (UNICEF, International Business Times)
Image Source: Darryl Dyck, The Canadian Press