"Anybody may support me when I am right. What I want is a man that will support me when I am wrong!" —Sir John A. Macdonald
Is 16 the new 18?
One NDP Member of Parliament certainly thinks so... Don Davies (representing Vancouver Kingsway) has proposed a bill (C-213) that would allow anyone 16 years of age or older to vote in federal elections. In 1970 a revision to the Canada Election Act lowered the federal voting age from 21 to 18 and has remained unchanged ever since. Davies hopes that by reducing the voting age, the younger generations will be more involved in the political process and increase voter turnouts. Watch below as Davies introduces Bill C-213 to Parliament.
What do you say to a bully that finally does something good?
I guess we can play together again! This was Canada's reaction after Iran met United Nations-imposed conditions that aim to prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons. Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion joined other allied nations, including the USA, in announcing that Canada will remove economic sanctions against Iran and will reopen its embassy in Tehran. This is good news for Canadian businesses that will now have the opportunity to invest in the Iranian market.
So now everyone's happy?
Well... just about everyone. One might think that keeping Iran from developing a nuke is a good step forward that deserves some positive reinforcement-- that is unless you ask Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. The PM has long been outspoken about his feelings toward Iran and has repeatedly spoke of Iranian efforts to "destroy Israel." He has also strongly condemned the nuclear-deal made between Western powers and Iran, calling it an "historic mistake." With that in mind, it's not a surprise that Israel is far from happy that Canada and its allies are forming a warmer relationship with "one of the most dangerous countries in the world.”
No thank you, America
This is what Canada's ambassador to the US had to say after being invited to attend a U.S. Senate committee meeting scheduled this week entitled, "Canada's Fast-Track Refugee Plan: Unanswered Questions and Implications for U.S. National Security." Instead, Ambassador Gary Doer, sent a letter to the committee members outlining the security processes Canada takes when accepting refugees. In relation to the government's active plan to bring in 25,000 Syrian refugees he stated: "Rest assured that no corners, including security screening, are being cut in order to achieve the government's objectives." This all comes at a time when Canada and the USA continue to have differences of opinion of how to assist Syrian refugees... While Trudeau welcomes refugees at airports, some American politicians call for an all-out ban.