Wednesday Update – March 2, 2011

Here are some news headlines for you all.


  • The Harper government has stepped up its actions against Libya. Economic sanctions have been enacted, and a warship is on its way to the troubled country to help evacuate stranded Canadians wishing to leave. Defence Minister Peter MacKay has stated Canada has no plans to get actively involved in the fighting between supporters and protestors. Read more here.
  • The Harper Conservatives have opened an even wider lead on their political rivals. They currently have the support of 43% of decided voters. That is in comparison to Ignatieff’s Liberals, who are at 27%. Once again, the governing party is nearing majority territory, but they always seem to peak at this point. Read more here.
  • It’s been a busy week for the Conservatives. While poll numbers are something to celebrate, a court decision supporting claims the party violated Elections Canada rules during the 2006 campaign. The case centres on advertising that was purchased, and wether or not it was legal. Read more here.

United States:

  • The United States House of Representatives passed an extension of funding for the federal government. Funding is now in place for the next two weeks. There is still uncertainty about whether or not a shutdown could occur in the near future. The president is advising against these short term funding binges, as they could hamper economic recovery. Read more here.
  • Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich could be the 2012 Republican nominee for president. Gingrich is apparently about to declare that he is forming an exploratory committee to test the waters. Gingrich is the first Republican to make any real noise regarding the nomination. Perhaps this will open the flood gates. Read more here.
  • Was President Obama actually born in the United States? That is the question many states have put forward. Georgia is the latest to question the president’s citizenship. While his birth certificate has been verified, and Hawaii has confirmed his birth multiple times, there are still doubts. Legal challenges have been raised. Read more here.


  • Ironically, despite some of the worst natural disasters in its history, Australia’s economy is actually growing. Some experts are predicting though, that the full effect of the floods will be felt in the first three to five months of this year. Hopefully that is not the case. Read more here.
  • Yemen has not received the same media coverage as Egypt and Libya, but the country is also in the midst of turmoil over its leader. President Ali Abdullah Saleh is fighting for his political life, just as his counterparts in other countries have been doing. Unfortunately for him, his opponents are growing, and could be taking control soon. 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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