Justin Trudeau – iPolitics AM: Trudeau, Freeland hit the virtual meeting circuit as O’Toole expected to shuffle critic roster
For the second day in a row, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to go before the cameras — or, at least, his webcam — as he teams up with Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna, Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson and Canada Infrastructure Bank chair Tamara Vrooman for a “virtual announcement,” which, as per the notice, will include a post-reveal media availability via phone. (9 AM)
Also on Trudeau’s to-do list for today: A “virtual roundtable” with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Big City Mayors’ Caucus and a closed-door huddle with his cabinet.
For her part, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland will host virtual pre-budget consultations with representatives from Operation Black Vote Canada’s 1834 Fellowship program, as well as a panel of “private sector economists,” both of which are closed to the press.
Meanwhile, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is booked in for back-to-back digital “meet & greet” sessions with party supporters, with online attendees invited to contribute up to $1,650 to join the virtual conversation, although there’s no minimum donation required to take part. (5/6 PM)
According to CBC News, O’Toole will also be making some changes to his front bench lineup, which will reportedly include a promotion for veteran MP Ed Fast, who will take over the finance portfolio, with Pierre Poilievre becoming the party’s “jobs and industry” critic.
“While a move from the highest-profile critic role risks being seen by some as a demotion, Conservative sources insist this is a part of a calculated effort to recast the critic roles in response to the pandemic as [O’Toole] tries to press for a stronger focus on jobs and on rebuilding the economy,” CBC News notes.
IN THE CHAMBERS
Senators are set to continue going through the fine print of the government’s bid to change the laws on access to medical assistance in dying, which, as Canadian Press reports, has already undergone one rewrite, with more amendments expected to be proposed — and very possibly adopted — before the bill goes to a final vote next week.
ON AND AROUND THE HILL
The Parliamentary Budget Office releases new legislative costing reports on taxing digital products and services, as well asproviding “financial compensation for supply-managed sectors.” (9 AM)
OUTSIDE THE PRECINCT
Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller heads to the West Block press theatre for his weekly update on the impact that the pandemic is having on First Nations and Indigenous communities. (12 PM)
Before that gets underway, however, he’ll join Atikamekw Nation Grand Chief Constant Awashish and Atikamekw of Manawan Chief Paul-Émile Ottawa to share the details of new federal support “to advance the implementation of Joyce’s Principle,” which is meant to serve as a “call to action and commitment to governments to facilitate the transition towards health and social services systems that are safer and free from discrimination for Indigenous people across Quebec and Canada.” (10:30 AM)
Rural Economic Development Minister Maryam Monsef embarks on a one-day “virtual tour” of Atlantic Canada,” during which, as per the advisory, she’ll “meet with stakeholders in various local industries and organizations to make important funding announcements.”
Meanwhile, Quebec cabinet leads Mélanie Joly and David Lametti host Zoom calls to unveil new federal investments to boost “innovative manufacturers” in Centre-du-Quebec and Montérégie, respectively, as part of a week-long effort to highlight support for the province’s manufacturing sector. (9:45/11:30 AM)
Small Business Minister Mary Ng and her parliamentary secretary Rachel Bendayan pay a “virtual site visit” to AV&R before joining Liberal MPs Greg Fergus and Emmanuel Dubourg for a roundtable chat with representatives from the Côte des Neiges Black Community Association and Groupe 3737 on “support for Black businesses and entrepreneurs.”
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