Politics This Morning: Morneau meets with provincial, territorial counterparts; May campaigns alongside Green candidate in Surrey

Finance Minister Bill Morneau is meeting with his provincial and territorial counterparts in Ottawa on Sunday and Monday. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

PUBLISHED :Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 10:50 PM

Good Friday morning,

Green Party leader Elizabeth May is visiting the Greater Vancouver Region this weekend to speak at a meeting of a municipal sister party, and campaign with the federal Green candidate in an upcoming byelection.

Ms. May is scheduled to address the 2017 Green Gala at the Creekside Community Centre in Vancouver today at 6:30 p.m. (Pacific time). The event, touted as a celebration of the Green Party of Vancouver’s electoral victories in 2017, will also feature a panel debate with all six Vancouver elected Greens, including Vancouver city councillor and former provincial Green Party leader Adriane Carr.

British Columbia is one of the few provinces with political parties at the municipal level.

  

On Saturday, Ms. May will head to nearby Surrey to campaign with Larry Colero, the federal Green candidate in the competitive byelection in South Surrey-White Rock scheduled for Dec. 11.

Ms. May will join Mr. Colero at 3 p.m. (Pacific time) during his appearance at the Crescent Coffee House.

Keeping in B.C., Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards is hosting a launch ceremony today for the first large vessel designed and built under the federal government’s National Shipbuilding Strategy: the first Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel for the Canadian Coast Guard.

The event will start at 1 p.m. (Pacific time) at the Vancouver Shipyards in North Vancouver.

  

Meanwhile, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale is in Regina, which he represents in the House, to announce federal support for research into operational stress injuries to police officers, including post-traumatic stress disorder.

Mr. Goodale will make the announcement at 1:15 p.m. (local time) at the RCMP Academy, known as Depot Division, where all RCMP cadets undergo basic training.

Back in Ottawa, the Senate is sitting as a committee of the whole today to hear from the Trudeau government’s long-awaited new nominee for lobbying commissioner, Nancy Bélanger.

Ms. Bélanger will appear in the Upper Chamber from 9:30-11 a.m.

  

Looking ahead to the weekend, Finance Minister Bill Morneau is meeting with his provincial and territorial counterparts in Ottawa.

On Sunday, Mr. Morneau and the provincial and territorial finance ministers will have a working dinner at the Château Laurier at 6:30 p.m. They are also scheduled to meet on Monday.

And finally, happy birthday to Nova Scotia Senator Stephen Greene, Liberal MP Dan Ruimy, and Conservative MP Shannon Stubbs.

Have a great weekend!

The Hill Times