The U.S. presidential race is officially, officially on with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump battling to see who will be elected the apparent "leader of the free world."
How's the 2016 presidential race treatin' ya so far?
Carbon tax. It is an "essential element" to fight climate change, Justin Trudeau said yesterday.
Stéphane Dion jokes aside, the question remains: Is a carbon tax the best way to reduce emissions and fight climate change?
The Council of the Federation meeting this week has carbon pricing on the agenda and there have been disagreements about the best way to move forward and if a national carbon tax will be fair and effective.
With fraud and breach of trust charges dropped against Patrick Brazeau, the Senate scandal has now seemingly come to an end.
Three other senators, Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Marc Harb, were acquitted of all charges or had charges dropped earlier this year.
The CBC has kindly put together a complete timeline of the Senate scandal.
After this walk down memory lane, what have we learned?
Yesterday, the House of Commons Special Committee on Electoral Reform (ERRE) kicked off with Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef appearing as the first witness.
Monsef described the current first-past-the-post electoral system as "antiquated," cautioned against a referendum on the issue -- something Conservatives have been pushing for -- and emphasized public engagement.
The committee has also encouraged Canadians to engage with electoral reform using the hashtags #ERRE #Q -- a compromise on the original motion by NDP MP Nathan Cullen to include substantial allotted time for Twitter questions.
What #Q would you ask the #ERRE about electoral reform?
Marijuana legalization task force unite!
Today Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Health Minister Jane Philpott announced the creation of a task force that will help advise the government on moving forward with marijuana legalization in Canada -- a Trudeau 2015 election promise.
The federal legislation is said to be introduced in spring 2017.
Tell us your immediate reaction to the marijuana legalization announcement.
This week the federal finance minister Bill Morneau and eight of the 10 provinces reached a deal to expand the Canadian Pension Plan.
The agreement would go into effect in 2019 and, once fully in place, the maximum annual benefits will increase to about $17,478.
What do you think about the CPP expansion?
The Liberal government is tabling multiple public safety-related bills this week, including the bill "An Act to establish the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians" tabled on Thursday.
The bill proposes a joint oversight committee, composed of seven MPs and two senators, which will have the ability to "scrutinize" any national security matters.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, who helped draft the bill, stated the goal of the committee would be to help ensure Canada's security and intelligence agencies are protecting Canadians and to protect Canadians' rights and freedoms.
What do you think about the proposed security oversight committee?
This week the Senate voted to remove the "near-death" requirement from the assisted dying legislation -- an eligibility criterion many advocates were critical of.
The amendments also seek to broaden eligibility to those who have "a grievous and irremediable medical condition" and are "enduring suffering."
The bill's language is now effectively back to the language of the original Supreme Court Carter decision.
What do you think about the amendment to the assisted dying bill?
The Liberals have backed the NDP's idea for the electoral reform committee and in doing so given up majority control. Democracy in action folks!
Now, the committee will be composed of five Liberals, three Conservatives, two New Democrats, one member of the Bloc Québécois and Green MP Elizabeth May -- all with full voting rights.
It seems now that three parties -- Liberals, NDP and Green -- are in favour of electoral reform, though differ in the choice of system, while two parties -- Conservatives and Bloc Québécois -- oppose reform.
Do you think the new electoral reform committee will create change?
Did you know there's a U.S. presidential race happening? I know, shocking!
But, in all seriousness, we've been asking a lot of questions about the race like: How did Donald Trump become the Republican frontrunner? What can Canadian progressives learn from Bernie Sanders? Why does Hilary Clinton love fossil fuels?
Now, we know most of you can't vote in the U.S. election, however, let's imagine a world where you could:
Who would you vote for in the U.S. presidential election?
ETA: We forgot an important choice, added below!