"Canada now talks more than we act, and our tone is almost adolescent." - Former Prime Minister Joe Clark
It's Monday and you know what that means...
It's time to get back to work, even if you work in the gov. That's right, after a seriously long Christmas break, Parliament is back in session today. After a break like that it's no surprise Parliament has a big agenda to review. Economic stimulus, senate appointments, ISIS strategies, electoral reform, and doctor assisted suicide are just some of the issues that will likely be addressed in the coming weeks.
Who was high last week?
Justin Trudeau was high all week (5,100 ft high to be exact) at Davos Switzerland, the location of the 2016 World Economic Forum. Trudeau spent over 3 days at the conference where he spoke of a "bold new beginning for Canada" which helped attract "huge huge buzz" in international media. When not at speaking engagements, Trudeau was dining with VIPs included executives from Goldman Sachs, Unilever, Bloomberg, HSBC, BlackRock, Alibaba, as well as U2 frontman Bono, and actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Kevin Spacey (because why not). Trudeau made it clear that he isn't Stephen Harper and that Canada has more to offer than just oil.
What do you do when you aren't invited to a party?
You play it cool and pretend like you didn't even want to go in the first place... That's exactly what Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan did last week when Canada wasn't invited to participate in a key anti-ISIS meeting with allies in Paris. The Defence Minister rejected the suggestion that Canada was 'snubbed' by its allies after Trudeau announced that he remained committed to withdrawing Canadian warplanes from the anti-ISIS mission.
"Tear it down"
Following a horrific school shooting in La Loche Saskatchewan that left 4 people dead and another 7 critically wounded, local politicians and the regional Member of Parliament, Georgina Jolibois, are calling for the La Loche Community School to be torn down and rebuilt. The idea behind the demolition is to "re-establish hope" in the community, a theme that was echoed by the Public Safety Minister, Ralph Goodale. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also addressed the tragedy and said that "the country’s heart is breaking for the people of La Loche." The PM is expected to visit La Loche sometime this week.
Thanks for Reading.