Politics This Morning: McLachlin’s last day on the bench; McKenna to launch new climate initiative; Parliament hosts NHL alumni game

The temporary skating rink on Parliament Hill is hosting the game between the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens alumni teams tonight. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

PUBLISHED :Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 10:50 PM

Good Friday morning,

It’s the last official day on the bench for Canada’s longest serving Supreme Court chief justice.

Beverley McLachlin is marking her final day in office with a press conference at the National Press Theatre at 10 a.m. Ms. McLachlin is stepping down after serving as chief justice since 2000. She was originally appointed to the court in 1989. 

Even without MPs and Senators, Parliament Hill will be abuzz with activity this weekend, as it plays host to festivities tied to the NHL 100 Classic game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.


While the much-hyped outdoor game will take place at TD Place Stadium in Lansdowne Park, the recently completed rink on Parliament Hill will play host to an alumni game Friday night pitting former Senators and Canadiens players against each other.

The game will feature retired Senators stars like beloved ex-captain Daniel Alfredsson, long-serving rearguard Chris Phillips, team shutout leader Patrick Lalime, as well as Russian superstar Alexei Yashin, and Ottawa’s first ever draft selection Laurie Boschman.

The game starts at 7 p.m. and is free to attend.

Earlier in the day, the storied Stanley Cup trophy will be on display on Parliament Hill from 4-6 p.m.


Further down the 401, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is taking part in a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:45 a.m. at the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station to inaugurate an extension of Toronto’s bustling Yonge-University subway line.

Then at 9:55 a.m., Mr. Trudeau will ride the subway from the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station to the new York University Station, where he will deliver remarks at 10:10 a.m.

Back in the nation’s capital, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is hosting a press conference today at a Canadian Tire in Ottawa’s west end to launch a new national climate program.

The press conference runs from 9:30-10 a.m. at 1600 Carling Ave.


Back on the Hill, Senate Speaker George Furey, several Senate colleagues, and members of the Canadian Armed Forces are gathering on the Hill at noon to help load a Christmas-decorated military truck with gifts donated as part of the Upper Chamber’s toy drive.

The toy drive was organized through Toys for Tots, a Canadian charity that partners with the Canadian Armed Forces, local businesses, and generous citizens to provide toys to children who would otherwise go without.

Sen. Furey, the Senators, and CAF personnel will be available for a photo opportunity at noon at at main Senate entrance to Centre Block.

Heading north, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett is joining Yukon Premier Sandy Silver, Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Peter Johnston, and Champagne and Aishihik First Nations Champagne and Aishihik First Nations Chief Steve Smith at an intergovernmental forum in Whitehorse.

The leaders will attend a media availability from 4:30-4:45 p.m. (local time) at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre.

Out east, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor is signing a bilateral agreement with her counterpart from New Brunswick, Benoît Bourque, at 8:30 a.m. (Atlantic time) at Chancery Place in Fredericton.

Later in the day, Ms. Petitpas Taylor and New Brunswick Environment Minister Serge Rousselle are due to appear at a press conference at Grimross Brewing, also in Fredericton, to announce project funding for the province as part of the part the pan-Canadian climate plan.

The press conference is set to start at 2:30 p.m. (local time).

Just next door in Quebec, Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Quebec Environment Minister Isabelle Melançon are holding a joint press conference to announce project funding for the province as part of the pan-Canadian climate action plan.

It runs from 10-10:30 a.m. at Lufa Farms in Anjou, Que.

There will also be similar events held in Ontario, Alberta and B.C. to roll out climate project funding for the respective provinces.

Ms. Chagger will be joined by Daiene Vernile, the parliamentary secretary to Ontario’s transport minister, at a 1:30 p.m. press conference at REEP Green Solutions in Kitchener, while Sport and Persons with Disabilities Minister Kent Hehr and Alberta’s Environment Minister Shannon Phillips will hold a media availability at The Bow skyscraper in downtown Calgary from 1-1:30 p.m. (Mountain time).

Finally, Liberal MP and parliamentary secretary to the environment minister Jonathan Wilkinson will hold a presser with B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman at 8 a.m. (Pacific time) at Capilano University in North Vancouver.

Have a great day!

The Hill Times