Wednesday Update – January 12, 2011


  • Michael Ignatieff is heading out on his 20/11 tour – 20 ridings in 11 days. All 20 ridings belong to Bloc, Conservative or NDP rivals and Ignatieff’s visits are aimed at winning support for the Liberals, should an election be called. These are all ridings that the Liberals believe they can win. Read more here and here.
  • Meanwhile, Jack Layton is embarking upon his own tour. However, Layton is visiting only Conservative ridings, as he believes this will provide the most benefit to him when an election is called (whenever that may be). Read more here.
  • Canada is pledging $90M worth of funding to Haiti to help the progression of recovery, which has not been as quick as many would hope. The money is to help with education, agriculture and health. The funding will be divided into projects, which will specifically target each of the areas which most need the money. Read more here.

United States:

  • Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has been recovering well, after the mass shooting in Tucson on Saturday. Giffords’ doctors say she is likely to make a full recovery, but has a long road ahead. The shooting left a total of 6 dead, with more than a dozen injured. Speculation regarding the shooter’s motives has been monopolizing media coverage of the event, however there is no definitive reason, other than perhaps the suspect’s mental health issues. You can read more almost anywhere.
  • President Barack Obama will be delivering his State of the Union address on January 25, 2011. It will be crucial to see how Obama handles the next two years, facing a Republican controlled Congress. Likewise, it will be interesting to see Boehner sitting behind Obama, and how he reacts to the things the president says. Read more here.
  • A report following the BP oil spill from this past summer, has said that another spill is imminent, unless the government makes drastic changes. There needs to be greater attention to detail and better safety measures, otherwise another spill may be months away. Not surprisingly, Haliburton criticized the report’s findings. Read more here.


  • Certain parts of Australia are literally being washed away, as flood waters continue to flood many towns and including Brisbane. The death toll since the end of November has risen to 20, as the waters wash away homes and leave people stranded in peril. There are an additional 67 people who are still missing. Read more here and here.
  • Drug wars in Mexico continue to escalate to extreme levels. Recently, thirty-one people were killed in four days. This comes after several people were found decapitated. There is no question that the government and law enforcement is not in control of the situation. Read more here.

About Chris James

A student of political science at a Canadian University sharing stories of interest on Canadian and American political and social issues.

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