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Politics This Morning: Freeland holds court with NAFTA council; Trudeau meets with Quebec City mayor; Morneau, Mexican finance secretary meet in Toronto; Bains, McKenna to make ‘major clean tech’ announcement

By Marco Vigliotti      
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is meeting with members of Canada's NAFTA council today in Toronto.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Good Thursday morning,

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is meeting with members of Canada’s NAFTA council today in Toronto, in advance of the sixth round of renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement next week in Montreal.

But Ms. Freeland and members of the advisory panel will only be available to the media for a photo opportunity at noon at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.

The sixth round of NAFTA negotiations runs from Jan. 23-27.

Also in the Toronto today, Finance Minister Bill Morneau is meeting with his Mexican counterpart José Antonio González Anaya.

As part of the meeting, Mr. Morneau and Mr. González Anaya, Mexico’s secretary of finance and public credit, are slated to talk with representatives from the Canadian energy, mining, and financial sectors who have investments and operations in Mexico. The two will hold a joint press conference at The Globe and Mail Centre at 1:45 p.m.

Then this evening at 6 p.m., Mr. Morneau, who represents Toronto Centre in the House, is hosting his last pre-budget consultation alongside Toronto City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, at The 519 on Church Street. The event will be livestreamed on Finance Canada’s Facebook page.

From one provincial capital to another, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is visiting Québec City on Thursday, where he will meet with Mayor Régis Labeaume at Quebec’s historic city hall at 11:15 a.m.

Then at 6 p.m., Mr. Trudeau will participate in another town hall, this one hosted at École secondaire De Rochebelle, located in the Sainte-Foy borough of Québec City.

Earlier in the day in nearby Montreal, Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains is joining Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to make what’s being promoted as a “major clean-tech” announcement.

Mr. Bains and Ms. McKenna will make the announcement that the government says will have an “impact on Canadian clean tech producers” at the offices of Effenco Development in southwest Montreal at 2:45 p.m.

Prior to the announcement, Mr. Bains is participating in an event hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal at noon at Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel. At the event, the minister will join the chamber’s president and CEO Michel Leblanc for a discussion on the government’s innovation and skills plan and economic development in Montreal.

Finally at 5 p.m., Mr. Bains will head south to nearby Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu to discuss innovation and economic development in Quebec at an event organized by the Chambre de commerce et de l’industrie du Haut-Richelieu. The event takes place at the Corporation du Fort St-Jean.

Staying in Quebec, International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau is announcing new funding for research equipment and social scientists and humanities at the Université de Sherbrooke.

She will make the announcement at 10 a.m. at the Université de Sherbrooke Cultural Centre.

Ms. Bibeau represents parts of Sherbrooke in the House, and is making the announcement on behalf of the federal science minister.

Heading east, Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan is celebrating his birthday in part by making an Atlantic Fisheries Fund announcement at Corner Brook City Hall at 11 a.m. (Newfoundland time).

Corner Brook is the least populated of Newfoundland and Labrador’s three cities, but constitutes the province’s largest population centre outside the St. John’s region.

Conservative MP Maxime Bernier is also celebrating his birthday on Thursday.

Have a great day!

The Hill Times

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