In the News This Week – September 24, 2017


Happy Sunday Canada! We hope you have all been enjoying the warm weather on these first few days of fall. Here’s the latest political updates from this past week:

  1. Trudeau’s speech at the UN: This week the Prime Minister addressed the UN General Assembly for his second time. He used the speech to recognize Canada’s colonial role towards indigenous peoples and subsequent failures to right those wrongs. You can view the full speech here. (Reuters)
  2. Trump’s speech at the UN: In contrast, the US President used his first speech to the UN General Assembly to claim he would “totally destroy” North Korea, referring to leader Kim Jong Un as “rocket-man”. He also spoke out against Iran and Venezuela, and mainly used the speech to promote his ‘America first’ platform. You can read the whole speech here. (The Guardian)
  3. Natural Disasters rock Mexico, Puerto Rico and several Caribbean countries: Over 300 people were killed after a massive earthquake happened in Mexico on Tuesday. Also this week, Hurricane Maria wreaked considerable damage to Dominica and Puerto Rico, becoming the third hurricane this month to reach ‘category four’. It is expected that it could take months to restore power to Puerto Rico. (Washington PostBBC)
  4. The US’s New Healthcare Bill: Another attempt by Republican Senators at replacing Obamacare is expected to fail due to several Republican Senators choosing not to back it. (Buzz Feed)
  5. Liberals Proposed Tax Changes Still Taking Heat: This week many premiers spoke out against the changes saying it would be harmful to small businesses in their provinces. They hope the Liberals will extend their consultation period (currently set to end October 2nd), and modify the proposed reforms. (Globe and Mail)
  6. Canada Sanctions 40 Venezuelan Officials: The sanctions target the undemocratic actions of several officials in Venezuela, including current President Nicolas Maduro. (CBC)
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada speaks during the 72nd session of the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York on September 21,2017. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Source: Macleans

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