In Toronto, home prices are reportedly 42% higher than they were in 2008. Homes in Vancouver are the second most expensive in the world.Economist Robert Shiller suggested back in 2012 that Canada could experience a slow-motion version of the US housing bust.According to an August 2015 note from BNP’s Lindsey, „investment and exports remain in contractionary territory and the economy remains vulnerable to a correction in housing and a pull-back in spending due to high levels of household debt.“Don’t forget there’s an election coming The economy is on everyone’s minds as an October 19, 2015, election draws near.Incumbent Stephen Harper has been prime minister for nine years, but polls are showing a tight three-way race between his Conservative Party; the New Democratic Party, under Tom Mulcair; and the Liberal Party, under Justin Trudeau.All three parties are focusing their campaigns on the economy.
Canada’s Liberal government introduced legislation on Tuesday to protect transgender people from discrimination and hate crimes, a move that comes as the push for such rights has sparked controversy in the United States.“Our laws must reflect the rich diversity and inclusiveness which are among our greatest strengths as Canadians,“ said Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, who was joined by members and advocates of the transgender community.“We believe this legislation would ensure that everyone can live according to their gender identity and express their gender as they choose.“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement on Tuesday that even with the legislation, „there remains much to be done.““Far too many people still face harassment, discrimination, and violence for being who they are. This is unacceptable,“ he said in the statement recognizing International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.
The bill would amend the Canadian Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the grounds of gender identity and expression.The criminal code would also be amended so that gender identity is included in the identifiable groups protected from hate propaganda. The code would also be clarified to say that if a crime is motivated by hate based on gender identity, a judge must consider that as an aggravating factor in sentencing.With the Liberals holding a majority in the House of Commons, the legislation is highly likely to pass, though it was not clear if parliamentarians will be allowed to vote freely as they are with physician-assisted dying legislation that is currently been debated.Past attempts to approve similar transgender rights legislation in Canada have failed, though this is the first time the legislation is being brought forward by the current government.