The Unknown of a Snap Election

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IF

a snap election still delivers a Liberal minority government…

THEN

public opinion of the Liberals will definitely plummet…

BECAUSE

the entire exercise will have been a waste of taxpayer time and money. Even so, it might be the likely outcome, as the Liberals are in “majority territory” with 37 per cent of the vote, according to an Abacus poll. Despite the numbers, it is not a foregone conclusion, and the actual results can differ from pre-election polls, as Theresa May knows all too well.

The Fate of Canada-China Relations

IF

Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou is extradited to the US to face charges…

THEN

Michael Kovrig, Michael Spavor, and Robert Schellenberg will, sadly, never come home…

BECAUSE

it will mark the end of Canada-China relations. The arrests of the two Michaels and Schellenberg’s death sentence were largely seen as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Meng. Relations between Canada and China is now so bad that Conservative leader Erin O’Toole is calling for Canada to boycott next year’s Winter Olympics.

The Nitty-Gritty of Vaccine Passports

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IF

you’re going to implement vaccine passports to fight an “inevitable” fourth wave…

THEN

you should make sure ALL examples of public gatherings will be included before revealing the plan to the public…

BECAUSE

Quebec health minister Christian Dubé said that the government is still debating if weddings and religious gatherings will require vaccine passports. Yes, most examples of public gatherings, like bars, festivals, and gyms have already been discussed, and included, but if not everything is finalized, Quebec residents will undoubtedly find loopholes, which, according to a psychology professor, is human nature.

The Crisis Nobody Seems To Care About

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IF

the United Nations has issued an ominous warning about the effects of human-caused climate change, and they released the information that backs it up…

THEN

surely, widespread changes are still needed even after the Paris Agreement was ratified…

BECAUSE

extreme heat is more frequent, the ice caps are melting, and sea levels are continuing to rise, all of which will continue to cause horrific natural disasters. If, for whatever reason further proof is required, ask the people of Lytton, B.C. and the people of Western Europe.

The Relative Success of Tokyo 2020

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IF

typical Olympics are meant to, at least temporarily, inspire people around the world and provide joy…

THEN

Tokyo 2020 did that, at least to a certain degree…

BECAUSE

even with cases are rising around the world, especially in Tokyo and Japan which caused mixed emotions among the Japanese public, there were many moments that provided inspiration: Simone Biles withdrawing from competition to focus on her mental health, two high jumpers agreeing to share gold, the amazing successes of Canadian athletes, you name it. Tokyo 2020 had it all, good and bad.

Loosening COVID Restrictions

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IF

cases are rising across the world as a result of the delta variant…

THEN

perhaps someone should re-think the Canada’s decision to relax border restrictions

BECAUSE

it won’t end well, especially as a potential fourth wave (which one epidemiologist says has already begun) will hit youth and/or the unvaccinated the hardest. Delta has already proven to be “spreading 50% faster than Alpha, which was 50% more contagious than the original strain” as per the Yale School of Public Health, and if restrictions are further loosened, the delta-driven fourth wave will be the worst yet.

Canada’s Great Day in Tokyo

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IF

this isn’t the best day Canada has had at this year’s Summer Olympics…

THEN

you would be hard-pressed to find a better day…

BECAUSE

there were so many emotional victories. Evan Dunfee won bronze in the 50km race walk, Moh Ahmed winning his first medal (silver in the 5,000m), Andre De Grasse winning his sixth Olympic medal (bronze in the 4x100m relay), and the women’s soccer team finally winning gold after two consecutive bronze medals. Nobody can deny that this is a great day for Canadian sports.

Messi is Leaving Barcelona After All

IF

FC Barcelona were smart…

THEN

they would have sold Antoine Griezmann by now…

BECAUSE

the purely economic move has already been attempted, and it has seemingly forced Lionel Messi out from the only professional club he has ever known. Either La Liga president Javier Tebas will be forced to create an exemption to keep Messi at Barcelona (which could set a precedent for future attempts by other clubs), or Barcelona president Joan Laporta will lose his job, especially after his election campaign centered around re-signing Messi.

Introduction

Welcome to the If Then Because blog! This is the place where the biggest news stories in Canada and around the world are summarized using the “if, then, because” hypothetical format. Major news stories always provides the opportunity for the future outlook to be debated, and that is another purpose of the If Then Because blog.

Each day, the world’s biggest news story will be summarized using the “if, then, because” format. Information about each story will be provided, as well as links to the articles if you would like to read more about it. Naturally, each story will have an opinion provided, but it will definitely not be the only opinion. Feel free to voice your opinions either in the comments below or on social media, but please make sure they are respectful and not malicious. The stories can be about anything, and that helps you stay up to date with the biggest stories in a variety of fields. Politics, business, science, health, sports, you name it.

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