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Politics This Morning: Trudeau to meet with Jack Ma, Ford chairman; Bank of Canada to make last interest rate announcement of 2017; Philpott speaks at AFN Special Chiefs Assembly

By Marco Vigliotti      
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured in this file photo on the Hill, is visiting Guangzhou in southwestern China today, where he will meet with Ford Motor Company executive chairman William Ford Jr. and Alibaba founder Jack Ma, among others.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Good Wednesday morning,

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is still in China and visiting Guangzhou today as part of his week-long trade trip to the country.

On Wednesday, Mr. Trudeau will meet with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang, deliver a keynote address at the Fortune Global Forum opening ceremony and special session, and hold meetings with Ford Motor Company executive chairman William Ford Jr. and Alibaba founder Jack Ma.

Alibaba is of course the Chinese e-commerce giant that is a major competitor to Amazon.

Mr. Trudeau is also scheduled to meet with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co co-founder Henry Kravis, Midea Group chairman Paul Fang, and party secretary of Guangdong province Li Xi.

The prime minister will also participate in a commemorative ceremony later in the evening at the office of the Consulate General of Canada to mark the anniversary of the Dec. 6, 1988 mass shooting at the École Polytechnique de Montréal.

Back on home soil, Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott is speaking at the Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly, hosted at the Westin Hotel in downtown Ottawa. She’ll deliver remarks at 9:15 a.m.

Meanwhile, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett will appear in the House foyer alongside Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick (Wedaseh) Madahbee to discuss enabling legislation for the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement, Bill C-61.

The two will appear for the media availability following the conclusion of debate on the bill, expected at 5:30 p.m.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and NDP parliamentary leader Guy Caron will also be talking with the media in the House foyer, with both set to appear at noon after the NDP’s weekly caucus meeting. Mr. Singh is expected to comment directly on legislation proposed by caucus colleague NDP MP Romeo Saganash calling on Canadian laws to be consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, and will also discuss the AFN’s Special Chiefs Assembly.

Later in the day, Mr. Singh will visit the AFN and take part in the vigil commemorating the victims of the Montreal Massacre.

Auditor General Michael Ferguson is appearing before the Senate Human Rights Committee on the Hill to discuss the human rights of prisoners in the correctional system.

The committee launched its study on the subject this past February, and is examining the human rights of prisoners within Canada’s federal correctional system, as well as the situation for vulnerable or disadvantaged groups in prisons, including Indigenous people, visible minorities, women, and people with mental health issues.

The meeting will be held in room nine of the Victoria Building, and Mr. Ferguson will appear at 11:30 a.m.

And finally, the Bank of Canada is set to make its last interest rate announcement of 2017. The country’s central bank will unveil its plans for the benchmark interest rate at 10 a.m.

Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz opted to maintain the one per cent interest rate during the bank’s latest announcement in October, after the bank hiked rates in September and July. The hikes came after the bank maintained rock-bottom rates for years, as the Canadian economy worked to rebound from the 2008-09 global recession.

Have a great day!

The Hill Times 

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