In The News This Week – October 17, 2017

Hey Canada! Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start. Here are the top political stories from last week, both in Canada and abroad:

In Canada:

  1. Trudeau in Washington: Last week, PM Justin Trudeau met with President Donald Trump at the White House as the fourth round of NAFTA talks began. After attending a gala for Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women summit on Tuesday night, Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland were invited to the House of Representatives’ committee on ways and means on Wednesday to discuss trade, where “greater market access for U.S. dairy producers” was cited as a key issue. 
    • Check out this round up from The Globe and Mail, which includes all the details from Trudeau’s trip to Washington.
  2. Trudeau in Mexico: Justin Trudeau also made his first-ever official visit to Mexico late last week, part of what many are calling his NAFTA “goodwill tour.” At a news conference Thursday, Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said they were still committed to the NAFTA talks despite hardline positions taken by Trump, who threatened last week to rip up the deal if his administration isn’t happy with it.
    • Here’s a full breakdown of Trudeau’s Mexico trip from The Globe.
  3. NAFTA: In the latest round of NAFTA talks, the U.S. has delivered an additional “bombshell” to the difficult negotiations: asking for an end to the supply management system for dairy, chicken, eggs and turkey within the next decade. Here is the latest NAFTA news from The Canadian Press. 
  4. Liberals cut small business tax: The Liberal government is moving ahead with a controversial package of new tax rules, offering to make a few changes while also promising to lower the small-business tax rate to 9 per cent by 2019. (The Globe and Mail)

Internationally:

  1. Iran Nuclear deal: Donald Trump has threatened to terminate the 2015 Iran nuclear deal if Congress and US allies fail to amend the agreement in significant ways. The European Union has urged US politicians to preserve the Iran nuclear deal, warning that Donald Trump’s threat to end it could jeopardise international security and damage diplomatic efforts to defuse tension in North Korea. (The Guardian)
  2. Somalia: At least 300 people were killed and hundreds seriously injured after a truck bomb exploded in Mogadishu on Saturday. The devastating bombing, which provoked international condemnation, will focus attention on the decade-long battle against al-Shabaab, an Islamist group, in Somalia. (The Guardian)
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U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the Oval Office at the White House on October 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Source: KEVIN DIETSCH/GETTY IMAGES)
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