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Politics This Morning: Trudeau campaigns in Newfoundland in run-up to byelection; Sohi launches Smart Cities Challenge in Calgary

By Marco Vigliotti      
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured here in the run-up to the 2015 vote, is campaigning today in Central Newfoundland with Churence Rogers, the Liberal Party candidate in the upcoming byelection in Bonavista-Burin-Trinity scheduled for Dec. 11.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Good Thursday morning,

Starting in Calgary, Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi is officially launching the Smart Cities Challenge, a government-run contest that is offering millions in prize money for Canadian municipalities to seek out innovative solutions to pressing issues.

Mr. Sohi, who represents an Edmonton Mill Woods, Alta., in the House, will make the announcement at 1 p.m. (Alberta time) at the North Alberta Institute of Technology BP Water and Wastewater Lab in northeastern Calgary.

As for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, he’s visiting out East today.

Mr. Trudeau will deliver the Symons Lecture and participate in a question and answer session at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, P.E.I. at 12 p.m. (Atlantic time).

He’s delivering the lecture because he has been awarded the 2017 Symons Medal, which recognizes a distinguished person who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life, according to its website.

Later on in the day, Mr. Trudeau is visiting central Newfoundland to campaign alongside Churence Rogers, the Liberal Party candidate in the Bonavista-Burin-Trinity riding. The byelection to vote in a new MP for the riding is one of four scheduled for Dec. 11.

Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Rogers are holding a meet and greet at the Bill Davis Chalet in Clarenville, N.L,. at 6 p.m. (Newfoundland time).

Moving to Quebec’s largest city, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is delivering an opening statement to the meeting of parties of the Montreal Protocol at the International Civil Aviation Organization Headquarters in downtown Montreal at 10 a.m. It will be livestreamed on Facebook.

At 11:30 a.m., Ms. McKenna will participate in a ministerial roundtable at the meeting, and later hold a media availability at 1:10 p.m. Finally at 6:30 p.m., she will provide opening remarks and present the Political Leadership Award at the Ozone Awards ceremony, which recognizes the achievements of individuals, groups, and organizations for their contributions to the progress of the Montreal Protocol.

Back in Ottawa, members of the Trudeau government’s ad hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Irregular Migration will speak to the media at 5 p.m. in the Centre Block foyer after their sixth meeting.

Keeping with the foyer, NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson will hold a media availability there at 1:45 p.m. to make an announcement regarding her private member’s bill to create a national strategy to address abandoned vessels.

Also on the Hill, members of the House Industry, Science, and Technology Committee are discussing the committee’s report on intellectual property and technology transfer at 10:30 a.m. at the Charles Lynch Room in Centre Block.

Meanwhile, Parliamentary Budget Officer Jean-Denis Fréchette is releasing his office’s new report entitled “Analysis of Changes to the Taxation of Corporate Passive Investment Income,” which will be posted on the PBO website at 9 a.m. He will then answer questions about the report from media at an appearance at a sixth floor office in the Sun Life Financial Centre in downtown Ottawa at 10:30 a.m.

Juno award-winning singer Jess Moskaluke is kicking-off the 33rd annual Christmas Lights Across Canada program today at the Capital Information Kiosk Plaza, across from Parliament Hill. The information event will run from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m., with another event to be held at 8 a.m. at Place du Portage in Gatineau with francophone singer Céleste Lévis.

The Canadian Heritage program, which projects a winter lightscapes multimedia show on Parliament Hill buildings and covers areas in Ottawa with numerous seasonal lights from most of December and early January, will commence with an illumination ceremony Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. on Parliament Hill. This year there will also be new lights added to the experience in Ottawa’s Confederation Park.  

And finally, happy birthday to Toronto Liberal MP Arif Virani and Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott.

Have a great day!

The Hill Times

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