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Politics This Morning: Singh visits University of Ottawa to talk political engagement; McKenna heads to China; Joly, Hehr open Parliament skating rink

By Marco Vigliotti      
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is visiting the University of Ottawa to talk political engagement in Canada.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Good Thursday morning,

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is visiting the University of Ottawa to discuss the next wave of political engagement in Canada.

Mr. Singh is the special guest at an 11 a.m. iVote-jeVote event titled Breaking the Mould: The Next Generation of Political Engagement, hosted by the university’s Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy.

iVote-jeVote is a student-run initiative based out of the school’s Jean Luc Pepin Research Chair.

During his appearance at the school’s Hagen Hall, Mr. Singh will meet with UOttawa students and talk about engaging and organizing for a new generation that bucks traditional forms of political organizing. He’s also expected to talk about his own leadership campaign and his efforts as party leader to engage with younger and diverse Canadians.

Mr. Singh will talk with media at the event at noon.

Keeping with party leaders, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is taking in the final day of his China visit by dropping by the Chen Clan Academy, an academic temple in Guangzhou.

Afterwards, Mr. Trudeau will fly back to Canada and drop by North Battleford, Sask., where he will attend a community meet and greet event at the city’s Dekker Centre at 7:30 p.m. (local time) with Larry Ingram, the Liberal candidate in the Dec. 11 byelection in Battlefords-Lloydminster.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is also in China today, albeit in Beijing, and will hold a teleconference with Canadian and international media at 8 a.m. to discuss her own visit to the country.

While in China, Ms. McKenna will be leading a clean-technology trade mission with Canadian companies and will help lead the annual general meeting of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development. She will also launch a new ministerial dialogue on environmental cooperation.

Back in the nation’s capital, the multi-million dollar temporary skating rink on Parliament Hill will be officially inaugurated at a 9 a.m. event today on the front lawn featuring Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly and Sport and Persons with Disabilities Minister Kent Hehr.

Nearby at Ottawa’s Shaw Centre, Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott and  Crown-Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett are joining with Grand Chief Arlen Dumas for an 8:30 a.m. signing ceremony with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. The agreement will look to improve child and family services in Manitoba First Nations communities.

Back to the Hill, Parliamentarians and families of political prisoners are convening in Centre Block today to mark the passing of former South African president and human rights champion Nelson Mandela by highlighting the cases and causes of their imprisoned loved ones, and what role Canada can play in seeking their freedom.

They will make their appeal at a 12:30 p.m. press conference held in the Charles Lynch Room, hosted by the co-chairs of the Raoul Wallenberg All-Party Parliamentary Caucus for Human Rights, which are: Liberal MPs Arif Virani, Michael Levitt, Judy Sgro, Anthony Housefather, and Marc Miller; Conservatives James Bezan, Peter Kent, and David Sweet; and NDP MPs Helene Laverdiere and Murray Rankin.

Other members include Liberal MP Gary Anandasangaree, Conservative Garnett Genuis, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and Senators Marc Gold, Percy Downe, Marilou McPhedran, and Raynell Andreychuk.

Staying with human rights, members of the House Subcommittee on International Human Rights representing all partisan stripes are holding a rare joint press conference in the National Press Theatre at 11 a.m. to express their concerns over the deal between Bangladesh and Myanmar to repatriate fleeing Rohingya Muslims back to Myanmar.

NDP MP and subcommittee vice-chair Cheryl Hardcastle, Mr. Genius, a Conservative, and Liberal Rob Oliphant are all slated to appear, as well as Kyle Matthews, executive director of the Montreal Institute of Genocide Studies, Kevin Malseed from Inter Pares, and secretary general of Amnesty International Canada Alex Neve, among other representatives from Canadian civil society.

Have a great day!

The Hill  Times 

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