Good News/Bad News: The Liberal Government’s First Week Back

The House is back and so are we! Welcome to season two of Political Traction. To kick off our new season we’re changing things up a bit. First off, we have a slightly new format: instead of only bringing Colin MacDonald on as a frequent guest, he will be joining Allie and David every week as part of our Political Traction panel. So, every week the three of us will break down the top issues coming out of Ottawa and whether or not they got traction with the Canadian public.

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And now, without further ado, we bring you this week’s issues: a good news/bad news roundup for the Liberal government.

Justin Trudeau was in New York to speak to the United Nation’s General Assembly. The speech focused on the global migrant crisis and Canada’s commitment for settling refugees. Trudeau has received a lot of praise for the speech, both at home and abroad (but also a little bit of snark). Given that the speech emphasized Canada as a peaceful, open, and welcoming country, a lot of comparisons were made between our national rhetoric and that of Donald Trump (see: skittles). Stating that we need to choose “hope over fear” and “diversity over division”, Trudeau is clearly placing Canada in opposition to the Republican nominee.

The Liberal Government, and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna in particular, are receiving some criticism after announcing they will be sticking with the carbon emission targets set by the Conservatives. In the past, the liberals criticized the targets, calling them the “floor” and that the liberals “want to try to do better.” At the same time McKenna stated that she will impose some sort of fine for provinces that don’t implement a cap and trade system.

And lastly, the government is also receiving some flak for moving expenses for some of its staff. Although completely legal, some of the costs for relocating government staff to Ottawa are questionable, such as legal and real estate fees.