Wednesday Update – February 2, 2011
First of all, I can’t believe it is already February! Secondly, here are this week’s headlines.
- First it was Premier Ed Stelmach. Now opposition leader David Swann is quitting his job. Alberta’s political future has been completely turned upside down in one week. Swann says it is the right time for him to step aside, as he wishes to spend more time with his family. The struggling Liberal Party did not hide its displeasure with Swann’s lacklustre leadership, which was further hurt by Dave Taylor’s earlier defection to the Alberta Party. Read more here.
- Parliament resumed this week, with the government set to table a very important budget in March. The party leaders have been making their way around cable news programs to state how their party has worked to protect hard working Canadians. If the opposition parties do not see enough bipartisan goodies in the budget, it is highly likely they will defeat the government. Read more here.
- The government will review a recent CRTC decision that states that companies can charge for the exact amount of internet a person or company uses. Currently there are no limits placed on the amount of internet that can be used. Following the decision, the public feared internet bills could increase immensely. Read more here.
- Is the Canada-U.S. border actually secure? According to a new American report, it is not. The report released by the Government Accountability Office states that the border between Canada and the U.S. is less secure than the one between the U.S. and Mexico. This is because there are enormous sections of the border which are simply not patrolled. This will likely be a topic of conversation when Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama meet in Washington on Friday. Read more here.
- The battle over healthcare continues. The Senate is set to vote on a repeal of President Obama’s healthcare proposal. It is no secret that the Republicans are set on repealing the legislation, while the Democrats are set upon putting the issue to rest. The outcome of the Senate vote will definitely decide where the discussion heads next. Read more here.
- Former First Lady Barbara Bush taped a video in support of same sex marriage recently. This is surprising, considering Bush’s husband, George H.W. Bush served as a Republican, but Mrs. Bush is known for speaking her mind, no matter how different they are from her husband’s. Read more here.
- It appears as if the protests against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s government have worked… sort of. Mubarak went on state television yesterday to announce he will not seek reelection, but will stay on until September to complete his term and help with the transition for his successor. The turmoil in Egypt has been well documented, as residents take to the streets to protest the government. In their path there has been damage to property, and looting, internet has been cut off, and travel into and out of the country has been difficult to obtain. Read more here.
- Poor Australia can not catch a break. Much of the country dealt with deadly flood waters recently, and now a cyclone is headed towards Queensland. Cyclone Yasi is expected to be one of the deadliest the country has ever seen. The area which is to be affected by the cyclone is preparing accordingly, evacuating hospitals and setting up relief centres. Read more here.
- It appears as though Egypt and Tunisia are not the only countries which are dealing with protests towards the government. Jordan’s King Abdullah II dismissed his government this week, as protests mounted. The protests in one country seem to be prompting protests in others. Read more here.