Politics & Policy

Canada attends five-country ministerial meeting

Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Minister of Justice and Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, met with their counterparts from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States during the Five Country Ministerial Meeting and Quintet of Attorneys General. [node:read-more:link]

U.K. headed to the polls?

Britain is apparently on track for an early general election after Prime Minister Boris Johnson lost a critical vote on his “no deal” Brexit agenda. MPs effectively forced Johnson to postpone his initiative only hours after his slimmest of parliamentary majorities vanished when a member of the Conservative caucus jumped ship. [node:read-more:link]

Mattis faults U.S. policy

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says shifting U.S. policy on the Middle East have contributed to long-standing conflicts there. He says sometimes U.S. intervention in response to terrorism have been realigned to questionable moves to impose democracy in the region. [node:read-more:link]

Student clears U.S. hurdles

A Harvard University freshman denied entry to the U.S. when Customs and Border Protection deemed him inadmissible based on information the CBP said was found on the 17-year-old Palestinian’s electronic devices. CBP, declining details, now confirms that “Ismail Ajjawi overcame all grounds of inadmissability.” [node:read-more:link]

Afghan pot still boiling

Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan, says the U.S. and Taliban have agreed “in principle” to terms which would lead to a partial withdrawal of U.S. combat forces. However, only hours after the deal, which is subject to President Donald Trump’s approval and Taliban cooperation, five persons were killed by a car bomb in Kabul. [node:read-more:link]

Showdown at Westminster

In a bid to block a “no deal” exit from the European Union, some members of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s caucus are signing on to support draft legislation to delay Brexit. That has prompted the PM to threaten an early election call. [node:read-more:link]

Contemplating some politicking?

Companies and their employers thinking about becoming involved in the upcoming federal election campaign should note that those activities might prevent them from lobbying the government or its agencies for the next four years or so. A lawyer who leads one firm’s political law practice offers some advice. [node:read-more:link]

NSI Committee ramping up

Despite its unwieldy title, the Secretariat of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, which will oversee the country’s national security and intelligence operations, is seen as a very positive development. [node:read-more:link]

New Nat'l Security & Intelligence Committee

The Government of Canada has established a National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, a multi-party committee whose representatives, from both the House and the Senate, will report annually, tabling recommendations in both Houses of Parliament and the appropriate Standing Committees. [node:read-more:link]


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