In The News This Week – November 26, 2017

Happy Sunday, mPolitics readers! Kick off the last week of November informed with our roundup of this week’s top stories:

  1. National Housing Strategy: The Liberal government announced a 10 year, $40-billion national housing program on Wednesday that focuses on addressing housing issues for low-income Canadians and the homeless. The plan counts on the provinces to contribute billions, and key elements won’t begin until after the next federal election. Key elements include:
    • The Canada Housing Benefit: providing a $2,500 annual rent subsidy to 300,000 households from 2020 – 2018;
    • Building 100,000 new affordable housing units;
    • Repairing 300,000 affordable housing units;
    • Cutting chronic homelessness by 50 per cent;
    • Protecting 385,000 households from losing an affordable home; and
    • Removing 530,000 households from housing needs.
    • Sources: The Globe and Mail, CBC
  2. Federal deficit: At the halfway point of the fiscal year, the federal deficit was recorded at $5.9-billion, an improvement over the same period in 2016. During the six-month period from April to September, the $5.9-billion deficit represented an improvement over the $7.8-billion deficit recorded during the same six-month period the year before. (The Globe and Mail)
    • Speaking of the economy…how would you rate the Trudeau Liberal’s economic performance? According to a recent poll, 36 per cent of Canadians would rate his performance as poor, or very poor. (Bloomberg)
  3. Rachel Notley’s pipeline tour: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is on a cross-country tour, advocating for the importance of new pipeline development. This tour comes as the Keystone XL pipeline cleared its final regulatory hurdle this week in Nebraska. (The Globe and Mail)
    • Take a look at Premier Notley’s reception in Calgary, with this article from CBC.
  4. Zimbabwe: Following a military takeover and threats of impeachment, Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe’s president this week, after 37 years as the country’s (autocratic) leader. Zimbabwe’s new President – Emmerson Mnangagwa – has pledged to reengage the country with the world. 
    • For more information, check out these resources: BBC, CNN
  5. Egypt attack: Hundreds of innocent Egyptians were killed on Friday after militants detonated a bomb inside a crowded mosque, and shot at panicked worshipers as they fled. Between 25-30 militants are reported to have carried out the attack. (New York Times)
    • Here is an opinion editorial from The Guardian, analyzing the use of air strikes as a solution to the threat from Islamic radicalism.
  6. Trump ends protection for Haitians: The Trump administration is ending a humanitarian program that has allowed approximately 59,000 Haitians to live and work in the United States since an earthquake in 2010. (New York Times)
    • The decision has people questioning whether Canada should prepare for an influx of asylum-seekers. (CTV)
Housing
Justin Trudeau announces the government’s new National Housing Strategy in Toronto on Wednesday. Source: CBC
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