Mid-Week Update – October 4, 2017

Hey mPolitics! A lot has happened over the last few days, so we’ve shifted last week’s update to a mid-week update to keep you up-to-speed on the latest developments.

In Canada:

  1. Jagmeet Singh: On Sunday, October 1, Jagmeet Singh was elected as leader of the federal New Democratic Party, making history as the first member of a visible minority to lead a major federal political party in Canada. Singh, the former deputy leader of the Ontario NDP, captured 53.6-per-cent support – more than 35,000 of the 65,782 party members who voted. (The Globe and Mail)
    • The four top issues on Singh’s agenda are inequality, climate change, reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous peoples and electoral reform. Departing leader Tom Mulcair tweeted his congratulations.
  2. Julie Payette: On Monday, former astronaut Julie Payette was sworn in as Canada’s 29th Governor General. In her first Senate address, Ms. Payette focused on the importance of science, collegiality and Canada’s First Nations as well as tackling complex global issues such as climate change, migration, nuclear proliferation and poverty. (The Globe and Mail, National Post
    • Former Governor General David Johnston bid farewell in a ceremony last week, calling his role a responsibility he has cherished.
  3. Edmonton Attacks: On Saturday evening, “lone wolf” terrorist Abdulahi Sharif stabbed and struck an Edmonton police officer with a car, and struck four other pedestrians before being caught by police. Sharif was ordered deported from the U.S. in 2011 by a U.S. immigration judge before he crossed legally into Canada and gained refugee status. The federal government has said it is reviewing Sharif’s refugee case and “looking into the whole system.” (CBC, Global News


  1. Las Vegas: Our hearts are with the people of Las Vegas following Sunday’s horrific shooting that killed 59 people and left hundreds injured, many of whom are still in critical condition. Four Canadians have been confirmed as victims. 
    • The shooter has been identified as Stephen Paddock, and investigators still don’t know why he did it. Police say Paddock acted alone.
    • Paddock’s alleged girlfriend, who was out of the country during the incident, arrived back in the U.S. on Wednesday.
    • This CNN article provides all the latest information.
  2. Catalonia Referendum: The leader of Catalonia has said the region will declare independence from Spain in a matter of days, following the violent referendum that took place over the weekend. The Spanish government has vowed to resist any declaration of independence, calling the vote a “mockery” of democracy. (BBC, Financial Times)


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