Politics This Morning: Trudeau to address Mexico’s Congress, Morneau, Bibeau visit Washington

Finance Minister Bill Morneau is in Washington, D.C., today for meetings of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors, as well as the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

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PUBLISHED :Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 10:50 PM

Good Friday morning,

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is wrapping up his near weeklong visit to our continental trading partners today with a trip to Mexico’s federal Congress.

Mr. Trudeau, who visited Washington, D.C., earlier this week and met with U.S. President Donald Trump, is slated to deliver an address at 10 a.m. to Mexico’s Senate of the Republic, the upper chamber of the country’s bicameral legislature.

It’s the second major visit to a foreign legislature for the prime minister this week. Mr. Trudeau met with members of the influential U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means on Wednesday.

  

In the mid-afternoon, Mr. Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau will leave Mexico City, where they’ve been since Thursday, en route to Ottawa.

The near weeklong North America tour comes as the fourth round of renegotiations of NAFTA take place in Washington, D.C. The state of negotiations has been difficult to deduce, with many pundits and observers musing that they appear to be in danger, though negotiators announced earlier this week that they had completed work on the competition chapter and had agreed to extend talks until Oct. 17.

Perhaps, Mr. Trump best summed up the anxiety and uncertainty of negotiations during a brief media appearance alongside Mr. Trudeau this week, saying cryptically “it’s possible we won’t be able to make a deal and it’s possible we will.”

Keeping with Washington, International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau is visiting the city for the next two days to participate in the annual meetings of the World Bank Group. Finance Minister Bill Morneau is also in Washington today for meetings of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors, as well as the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

  

Back in Canada, Science Minister Kirsty Duncan is joining Ontario’s Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca and Toronto Transit Commission Chair Josh Colle for an infrastructure announcement at the corner of Finch Avenue and Yonge Street in Toronto.

The location is a short distance away from the Finch subway station, located in the city’s North York area. The station is currently the northernmost on the Yonge-University line, the busiest of the city’s four subway segments. However, it will be surpassed later this year by an extension that will take the subway line north into the neighbouring York Region.

Also in Ontario, Heritage and Official Languages Minister Mélanie Joly is joining local Liberal MPs Paul Lefebvre and Marc Serré in Sudbury at 11:30 a.m. to will announce support for an arts and culture institution.

Moving to New Brunswick, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor is announcing new investments from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Fund in Atlantic Canada. She’ll make the announcement at 9 a.m. (Atlantic time) at the Moncton Centre. She represents a riding in the New Brunswick city in the House.

  

Saying out east, Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan is visiting students at a Charlottetown high school this morning to unveil this year’s Veterans’ Week poster, which pays tribute to the 100th anniversary of the deadly Battle of Passchendaele in World War One.

Veterans’ Week runs from Nov. 5-11, concluding on Remembrance Day.

And Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Minister Patty Hajdu is in St. John’s to announce new measures to help apprentices in Atlantic Canada. She’ll make the announcement at 9:45 a.m. local time.

Shifting coasts, Justice Minister Jody Wilson Raybould is making a science funding announcement at the University of British Columbia at 9:30 a.m. (Pacific time), while Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains is also in Vancouver for a meeting of his provincial and territorial counterparts.

A press conference at the conclusion of the meeting will be held at Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver at 2 p.m. local time.

One province over, Sport and Persons with Disabilities Minister Kent Hehr is making a funding announcement for Canadian athletes at the Canadian Sport Institute in Calgary at 10 a.m. local time.

Just north in Edmonton, Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi and Liberal MP Randy Boissonnault, both of whom represent ridings in the city, will provide an update to the media on the government’s recently passed citizenship legislation, Bill C-6. Most notably, it removes the power from the federal government to strip Canadian citizenship from dual citizens convicted of certain serious offences like treason, and reduces the residency requirement for citizenship applicants from four out of six years to three out of five.

The duo will address the media at 1 p.m. local time at the Ministers’ Regional Office in downtown Edmonton.

Moving continents, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is spending the final day of her visit to the United Kingdom and Ireland with a trip to the Irish Marine Institute in Galway.

And finally, happy birthday to Liberal MP Darrell Samson and Conservative MP John Barlow.

Have a great weekend!