Politics & Policy

New legislative changes to the Citizenship Act

As part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to provide greater flexibility in meeting requirements for those who wish to obtain Canadian citizenship, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced a significant milestone in implementing changes to the Citizenship Act through the adoption of Bill C-6. [node:read-more:link]

G7 considers jobs of the future

Today the Group of Seven (G7) Employment and Innovation ministers concluded a two-day meeting on Preparing for Jobs of the Future. The group agreed to six goals that focus on helping workers get the skills, training and opportunities they need to succeed in a changing economy. [node:read-more:link]

Election 2019 date to remain unchanged

The next federal general election will take place as scheduled, on Monday, Oct. 21, despite a federal court directive. An orthodox Jewish group had pushed for a one-week delay because the original date is a holiday on the group’s calendar but Elections Canada points out there are advance polling options. [node:read-more:link]

Egyptian expats threatened by minister

Egypt's Minister of Immigration and Expatriate Affairs, Nabila Makram, has suggested to a Canadian audience that anyone who criticizes Egypt from abroad will be punished. A video of her comments in Mississauga, Ontario, show her making a slicing motion as she says "we only have one country... and we cannot bear any negative word about it abroad." [node:read-more:link]

U.S. intelligence boss quitting

Dan Coats, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence who has overseen the the country’s 17 intelligence agencies since March 2017, is stepping down in August. The decision was confirmed in a tweet by President Donald Trump, who said he would nominate Texas congressman John Ratcliffe as Coats’ successor. Coats and Trump have been at odds over several high-profile issues but the President said he expects Ratcliffe to “inspire greatness.” [node:read-more:link]

Tighter borders urged by Bernier

People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier says he would prefer to fence-off some sections of the border with the United States to block illegal refugees and that if he became Prime Minister he would declare the entire border an official port of entry “and send back to the U.S. anyone trying to enter illegally.” [node:read-more:link]

British-American relationship lauded

Woody Johnson, the United States’ ambassador to the United Kingdom, is predicting that with Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, bilateral relations with be “sensational” because Johnson and President Donald Trump have much in common. When he was Mayor of London, Johnson once called Trump “stupefyingly ignorant.” [node:read-more:link]


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