In The News This Week – November 12, 2017

It was a busy week for Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, who travelled to Vietnam for the #APEC2017 Summit and to the Philippines for the ASEAN Summit. If you were similarly busy and missed out on the news, we’ve got you covered with the top political stories from this week:

  1. Paradise Papers: A set of 13.4 million confidential documents relating to offshore investments were made public this week, containing controversial information about a number of high profile public figures, including: Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II and Bono, and over 3,000 Canadians.
    • In Canada, Liberal Party Chief Fundraiser Stephen Bronfman’s company Claridge Inc. has been accused of being linked to a $60-million US offshore trust in the Cayman Islands. Bronfman has since denied the allegations and PM Trudeau has said he is “satisfied” with Bronfman’s explanation. Check out this CBC article for a full overview of the investigation.
    • For more information, this article from German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung answers questions about how they reported on the leaked data.
  2. TPP: Late Friday night, Canada and 10 other countries reached an agreement on the “core elements” of a new Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. This came hours after PM Justin Trudeau was accused of “blocking” an agreement earlier in the day.
  3. APEC: Prime Minister Trudeau travelled to Da Nang, Vietnam this week for the 2017 APEC Summit. Here, the PM met with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss the humanitarian crisis that has displaced over 600,000 Rohingya Muslims.
    • At the summit, U.S. President Donald Trump also met briefly with Russian President Vladimir Putin. (BBC)
  4. Magnitsky Law: A spokesperson for the Russian Embassy confirmed on Tuesday night that it has blacklisted dozens of “Canadian political actors pursuing a toxic Russophobic agenda” in retaliation for Canada’s decision to sanction 30 Russian officials, but is refusing to say who is on that list. (The Globe and Mail)
  5. Bill S-3: An amended bill that aims to rid the Indian Act of all its sexist elements has been approved by the Senate despite senators’ expressed concern that the government has given no timeline for removing one of the most contentious areas of discrimination. Its passage will mean the rules governing the transfer of Indian status from one generation to the next, which have favoured men over women for more than a century, will become gender-neutral. (The Globe and Mail)

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau lays a wreath during the National Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. Source: Ashley Fraser, Ottawa Citizen


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