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First-ever public Board of Internal Economy meeting set for Oct. 19

House Speaker Geoff Regan also serves as the chair of the Board of Internal Economy, which will host its first-ever public meeting Oct. 19. Hill Times file photograph

Nearly two years after the federal Liberals took the reins, the secretive parliamentary body that oversees internal House affairs is preparing to finally host its first public meeting.

The Board of Internal Economy (BOIE) is meeting Oct. 19 in room 237-C in Centre Block from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meeting will not only be open to the public and media, it will also be televised.

The Liberals promised to open up the BOIE during the 2015 election campaign as part of series of reforms aimed at improving transparency and the overall functioning of Parliament. It's chaired by the House Speaker, currently Geoff Regan (Halifax West, N.S.), and features members of all recognized parties in the House.

Previously, the only public information from BOIE meetings would be the minutes, which would often be released months later. The BOIE, which effectively runs much of the Hill precinct much like a city council, regularly handles sensitive personnel and security matters. These discussions will still likely be handled during private sessions out of the public eye.

Here are more upcoming political happenings:


Liberal Caucus Meeting—The Liberals will meet in Room 237-C Centre Block on Parliament Hill. For more information, please call Liberal Party media relations at or 613-627-2384.

Conservative Caucus Meeting—The Conservatives will meet for their national caucus meeting. For more information, contact Cory Hann, director of communications with the Conservative Party of Canada at

NDP Caucus Meeting—The NDP caucus will meet from 9:15-11 a.m. in Room 112-N Centre Block, on Wednesday. For more information, please call the NDP Media Centre at 613-222-2351 or

Bloc Québécois Caucus Meeting—The Bloc Québécois caucus will meet from 9:30 a.m. in the Francophonie room (263-S) in Centre Bock, on Wednesday. For more information, call press attaché Julie Groleau, 514-792-2529.

Entrepreneur of the Year Awards—eBay’s 13th Annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards celebrates outstanding achievements in Canadian entrepreneurship, demonstrating how small- and medium-sized businesses find success online through platforms like eBay. 5:30-8 p.m. Métropolitain Brasserie, 700 Sussex Dr.

17th National Diwali Celebration on Parliament Hill—This event, hosted by Conservative MP Deepak Obhrai, will be held at the Sir John A. McDonald Building, main hall, Wellington Street, Ottawa starting at 6.30 p.m.

The Travers Debates—Pollster and political analyst Shachi Kurl, executive director of the Vancouver-based Angus Reid Institute, and award-winning political journalist Stephen Maher will debate whether the potential exists for the rise of a populist movement in Canada similar to that which resulted in the election of Donald Trump. The fun debate, which features teams of journalists and MPs, will expound on the prime minister’s choice of unconventional socks. Funds raised from the event support the R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship. $125. Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr., Ottawa. 7-11 p.m. Tickets available at

Informed Opinion's Parliamentary Reception—Join us for a glass of wine, appetizers, and to hear about what difference it makes when you draw on the entire talent pool, how Informed Opinion’s ExpertWomen database can help you find qualified female sources, and why you need to know about our What Gets Measured Gets Done campaign. Reception will feature remarks from: Senator Kim Pate and honourees Elizabeth Sheehy, from the University of Ottawa, and TVO's Nam Kiwanuka, as well as Informed Opinions' Shari Graydon. 5-7 p.m. Room 256-S, Centre Block. RSVP by Oct. 15 to

What a Feminist Foreign Policy Really Looks Like—The Rideau Institute is hosting a provocative and forward-looking presentation by Peggy Mason, its president. 7-9:30 p.m. First Baptist Church, 140 Laurier Ave. West, Ottawa. Tickets: $20; $10 for student/income challenged. Tickets are available on Eventbrite and at the door.


Famous 5 Ottawa Speakers Series honouring the 2017 Governor General’s Persons Case Award Recipients—Famous 5 Ottawa is celebrating the 2017 Governor General’s Persons Case Award recipients as nation builders. 5:30-8 p.m. Tickets $35. National Arts Centre’s City Room, 53 Elgin St., Ottawa. For more, see

Fundamental Science and Innovation: A Productive Partnership—Join the Canadian Club of Ottawa and Art McDonald as he provides insight into the research performed during the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) experiment for which he was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in physics. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Chateau Laurier, Ottawa. Single tickets $65; corporate table $600. Visit to purchase tickets.

House Board of Internal Economy to Hold First Public Meeting—The House of Commons Board of Internal Economy, responsible for handling internal House business, is hosting its first public meeting. 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Room 237-C, Centre Block. The meeting will be televised.

Author Meets Readers: From Bob Rae to Mike Harris to Kathleen Wynne: the Rollercoaster of Ontario Politics—Carleton University’s Faculty of Public Affairs is hosting this event to discuss political science chair Jonathan Malloy’s book entitled The Politics of Ontario. 5:30-7 p.m. Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank St., Ottawa. This event is for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the general public. Free to attend. Registration is online:


House Sitting—The House is sitting this week and the next two, Monday to Friday, until Nov. 10, when it will break for a week before returning Nov. 20 to Dec. 15, though it could break for the winter holiday sooner. The Senate sits during the same weeks Tuesday to Thursday, and it may sit a week later, through to Dec. 22, with the option of sitting Monday to Friday in the last two weeks.

Beyond Entertainment: How Video Games are Driving Innovation—A free one-day conference and showcase presented by the Entertainment Software Association of Canada. Speakers will highlight how video-game technology is revolutionizing health care, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and graphics. Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Pl. RSVP to

Science Policy and Science Politics: Is the Government Delivering on its Vision to Rebuild Science?Evidence for Democracy and the Canadian Association of University Teachers is hosting a panel discussion with Paul Wells, David Naylor, Brenda Austin-Smith, Jeremy Kerr, and Monica Gattinger. 5:30 -7:30 p.m. iPolitics office, unit 201, 17 York St., Ottawa. For more, email

Ambassadors Speakers Series—Carleton University and the Ottawa Diplomatic Association present this talk featuring South African High Commissioner Sibongiseni Dlamini-Mntambo. 5:30 p.m. Robertson Hall, Senate Board Room, room 608, Carleton University. A reception will follow in room 617. Limited seating. RSVP by Oct. 22 to

Byelections—Byelections will be held on Oct. 23 in Sturgeon River-Parkland, Alta., and Lac-Saint-Jean, Que.

[caption id="attachment_122313" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Former Quebec Conservative MP Denis Lebel officially resigned from his Lac-Saint-Jean seat in early August. The byelection for the seat is one of two scheduled for Oct. 23. The Hill Times file photograph[/caption]


Universities Canada Presents Homecoming 2017—Join university presidents, students, and researchers from across Canada for a fun fall gathering in the spirit of a campus homecoming celebration. Tuesday, Oct. 24. 6:30 p.m. Riviera, 62 Sparks St. By invitation only. For inquiries, please contact or 613-563-3961 (226).

Concordia University Presents The Walrus Talks Disruption—Our world is rapidly changing, and Canada needs to keep up. Join The Walrus Talks and Concordia for The Walrus Talks Disruption, happening at the National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St., on Oct. 24, 7-9 p.m. Seven speakers—including CBC radio host Terry O’Reilly, writer Lisa Charleyboy, and more—will discuss changes in health care, technology, industry, media, and more. Full event details and tickets are available online at

Art of the Americas Exhibition—Terra Art presents this exhibition. Opening reception Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. W., Jean Pigott Place. The exhibition runs until Oct 26. Gallery hours: Oct. 25-26, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Contact: Lilia Faulkner: 613-293-7060.

H on the Hill—Presidents, CEOs, and senior executives of hospitals and health-care organizations across Canada are hosting their annual Lobby Day on Parliament Hill. Organized by HealthCareCAN, a national group of hospitals and health-care organizations, these meetings are intended to discuss the contributions and strategic issues of concern to the group's members. For more information, contact Lucie Boileau at 613-241-8005, or

PIPSC Political Action Day and Reception—The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada will be holding its annual political action day on Parliament Hill. In the evening, Parliamentarians and staff are invited to a reception celebrating Canada’s world-class public service. 6-8 p.m. The O’Born Room, National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St., Ottawa. Please RSVP to, or contact Alicia Adams at 613-563-4455 for more information.

Film Screening: Food EvolutionGrain Growers of Canada, in partnership with CropLife Canada, presents the documentary Food Evolution, narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, which examines the present and future potential of agriculture innovation and feeding a growing global population. Film to be followed by a panel discussion and reception. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Library and Archives Canada, auditorium, 395 Wellington St. RSVP to Lindsey Ehman at 613-233-9954 or


Census Data Release—On Oct. 25, Statistics Canada will release data from the 2016 census on immigration and ethnocultural diversity, housing, and Aboriginal peoples.

Bank of Canada Release—The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement as well as publish its quarterly Monetary Policy Report. 10 a.m.

Parliamentary Reception for the 35th Anniversary of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women—The reception celebrates 35 years of civil society leadership and will include the signing of the giant CCMW birthday card. It's hosted by Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef, Senators Mobina Jaffer, Marilou McPhedran, Salma Ataullahjan, and Liberal MPs Yasmin Ratansi, Ali Ehsassi, Iqra Khalid, Arif Virani, Salma Zahid, and Marwan Tabbara. 5-7 p.m. Room 256-S Centre Block. Please RSVP to or 613-996-2106.


Creating a Big Bang: Implementing the Procurement Ambition in Strong, Secure, Engaged—Presented by the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, this fifth annual defence procurement conference will focus on the key defence procurement challenge arising from the new Canadian defence policy: Strong, Secure, Engaged. Speakers include: Eugene Lang, Queen's University, former chief of staff to the defence minister; and Rob Fonberg, retired DND deputy minister. $50-$125. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Adam Room, Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau St. Register via Eventbrite.

Energy Innovation: A Dynamic Conversation About New Technologies for a Low-Carbon Economy—The Pearson Centre’s Econ4Tmro Series presents a panel discussion on issues of importance to innovation in the energy field. The panelists are: Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault, senior partner at DeMarco Allan LLP Lisa DeMarco, former vice-president of market and system operation at the Independent Electricity System Operator Kim Warren, and moderator Sandra Pupatello, chair of the Pearson Centre and former Ontario minister of economic development and trade. 12:30-2 p.m. Individual seats $80. University Club of Toronto, 380 University Ave., Toronto.

Bacon & Eggheads Breakfast—The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering presents a talk 'Uncharted Waters: A scientific glimpse into the future of the Arctic Ocean' with Jay Cullen, University of Victoria. 7:30 a.m. Parliamentary Dining Room, Centre Block. No charge to MPs, Senators, and media. All others, $25. Pre-registration required by Monday, October 23 by contacting Donna Boag, via, or call 613-991-6369.


Taiwan Film Screening: Lokah Laqi (Hang in There, Kids!)—A film about three kids who grew up in a secluded Indigenous tribe who bring a tape of their teacher’s beautiful voice recording to Taipei. Presented by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada in collaboration with the Canadian Film Institute. In Mandarin Chinese and Atayal with English subtitles. Complimentary receptions starts at 6:30 p.m., while the film beings at 7 p.m. Richcraft Hall Theatre (formerly River Building), Carleton University, 9376 University Dr., Ottawa. Free admission.


Toronto Global Forum—The International Economic Forum of the Americas hosts this annual event featuring confirmed speakers including McKinsey & Co. global managing partner Dominic Barton, Florida Governor Rick Scott, and OECD secretary general Angel Gurría. Oct. 30-Nov. 1. This year’s theme is: Redefining Globalization. Fairmont Royal York hotel, 100 Front St. W., Toronto.


Sarada Peri at Canadian Club—In today's fragmented media landscape, leaders have many ways to communicate. Join the Canadian Club of Toronto when former U.S. presidential speechwriter Sarada Peri gives us a behind-the-scenes look on how ex-president Barack Obama used oratory to lead, and how words can still unite in an era of division. 12:40 p.m. Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front St. West, Toronto.


Sir John A. Macdonald: The Musical—The life story of Sir John A. Macdonald reflects a man who overcame deep personal tragedy, his own demons, and political challenges to bring together a vision to forge a new nation. But it’s also a story rife with political scandal, corruption, and treason. Nov. 2-4. Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Dr., Ottawa. Tickets: $20-$45. Available online at or at 613-580-2700.


Vimy Award Gala Dinner—This dinner, presented by the Conference of Defence Associations Institute, brings together Canadian Armed Forces personnel, both past and present, industry members, foreign and domestic defence and security representatives, members of Canadian government, and others to witness the presentation of the Vimy Award. The award was established in 1991 to recognize outstanding commitments to Canadian national security and defence. Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Pl. 6-11 p.m.

Taiwan Film Screening: Go Grandriders!—A group of 17 senior citizens, many of them suffer from all kinds of health problems and learned how to ride motorcycle for the first time, decide to embark on what may be the most daring adventures of their lives: a 13-day, 1,178-kilometre-long journey around Taiwan to feel the land they have lived all their lives. Presented by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada in collaboration with the Canadian Film Institute. Complimentary reception at 6:30 p.m. The film starts at 7 p.m. Richcraft Hall Theatre (formerly River Building), Carleton University, 9376 University Dr., Ottawa. In Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles. Free admission.


25th Annual CCPPP National Conference on Public Private Partnerships—The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships is hosting this conference Nov. 6 and 7, 2017, at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen St. W. CCPPP's national conference gathers the best and the brightest in the infrastructure sector to discuss, debate, and share the latest innovations. Keynote speaker: Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott. Visit

Innovating for Impact, with Mike Moffatt and Rob Atkinson—Polytechnics Canada invites you to join it for an interactive panel discussion featuring two experts on innovation policy. Mike Moffatt, chief innovation officer at Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada, and Rob Atkinson, president of the Information, Technology and Innovation Foundation in Washington, D.C., will examine how innovation, robotics, artificial intelligence, and technology will impact the future of work in Canada and abroad. 7:30-9 a.m. Rideau Club, 99 Bank St., Ottawa. Jacket and tie required. To learn more or to purchase a ticket, contact


The Copyright and Trade Agenda: How Canada Can Remain Globally Competitive—Join the Pearson Centre for a conversation on the role of copyright in the era of digital innovation and on how small and medium enterprises can succeed internationally and contribute to Canada’s trade agenda from a global music publishing industry perspective. Featuring: Coco Carmona, International Confederation of Music Publishers (Spain); Erich Carey, National Music Publishers Association (United States); Margaret McGuffin, Canadian Music Publishers Association; and Don Stephenson, former assistant deputy minister, trade policy and negotiations. 7:30-9 a.m. Panel discussion: 8 a.m. Breakfast will be provided. Rideau Club, 99 Bank St., Ottawa. More info:

Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs: Parliamentary Reception—Fire chiefs from across the country descend on Parliament Hill for their advocacy week. House Speaker Geoff Regan and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs invite MPs to the Speaker’s Salon where they will be hosting a cocktail reception. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Speaker's Salon, room 216-N, Centre Block, Parliament Hill.

Reception with Celebrity Chef Michael SmithThe Canadian produce sector invites Parliamentarians and their staff to attend a VIP reception with celebrity chef Michael Smith, as part of the Canadian Horticultural Council and the Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s fall harvest advocacy week. 6:30-9 p.m. The Westin Ottawa, 11 Colonel By Dr. RSVP to

Canola: On Track to New Heights ReceptionThe Canola Council of Canada and the Canadian Canola Growers Association are hosting a reception from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Metropolitain Brasserie restaurant, 700 Sussex Dr., Ottawa.

Canadian Health Food Association Hill Day ReceptionThe Canadian Health Food Association and special guest Kathy Smart will host a Hill Day Reception. Kathy will be providing a simple guide with tips for workplace wellness. There will also be a social media booth to record a message of support. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Room 200, Sir John A. Macdonald Building, 144 Wellington St., Ottawa. RSVP to, or 613-233-8906.


An Evening with Jane Philpott and Jody Wilson-Raybould—The Markham-Stouffville Federal Liberal Association is hosting a reception with local MP Jane Philpott, Indigenous services minister, and special guest Jody Wilson-Raybould, justice minister. Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre, 8500 Warden Ave., Markham, Ont. 7 p.m. $150-$250. Media coverage is being facilitated and names of guests will be listed publicly on the party’s website.

Igniting Canada’s Future In Space: Government and Stakeholders to Convene at the Canadian Space Policy Symposium—The Canadian Space Commerce Association, Canada’s national space industry association, will be convening a cross-section of Canadian space-sector stakeholders at the 2nd annual CSCA Canadian Space Policy Symposium at the University of Ottawa. To find out more, visit and register.


Guitars for Vets—See this songwriters' circle featuring Joel Plaskett, Sarah Harmer, Jeremy Fisher, and Séan McCann. Your $100 admission goes to buy one guitar for a Canadian veteran. Algonquin Commons Theatre, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., Ottawa. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., starts at 8 p.m. Purchase tickets online at To sponsor a seat for a veteran, contact: 


Tinig Pinoy Radio 25th Anniversary—Tinig Pinoy Radio, on CKCU 93.1 FM, is celebrating 25 years. Join the celebration (a formal dinner and dance) to honour all hosts and tech producers of Tinig Pinoy Radio who volunteered their time and talents to give back to the community through radio programming in the last 25 years. 6 p.m. to midnight. Sala San Marco. 215 Preston St., Ottawa. Tickets: $60 per person for sit-down dinner. Contact: Regina Sosing:


2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Conference—Canada will host this conference. Nov. 14-15. Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, B.C. Over 500 delegates from more than 70 countries and international organizations are expected to attend. ministerial.html.

Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize—The awarding of the $50,000 prize will take place at the Glenn Gould Studio at the CBC's Toronto headquarters. The reception starts at 5:30 p.m., while the presentation of the award begins at 6:30 p.m.


Canada's Trade Policy Agenda: Looking Ahead—The University of Calgary's School of Public Policy, the University of Ottawa, and the Centre for International Governance Innovation are hosting this conference, featuring speakers, including: former CIDA head Margaret Biggs (Queen's University), Carleton University's Meredith Lilly, the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada's Hugh Stephens, and Global Affairs Canada's Jonathan T. Fried, Canada's former representative at the WTO in Geneva. The conference goes from 7:15 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Rideau Club, 99 Bank St., Ottawa. $89. For more, contact


Canadian Welding Bureau Parliamentary Reception—The CWB Group is celebrating 70 years of serving the Canadian public and welding sector by inviting MPs and staff to their annual parliamentary reception. Interactive elements such as welding simulators will allow them to try their hand at welding. Industry representatives will be on site. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Métropolitain Brasserie, 700 Sussex Dr.

Guy Saint-Jacques on China—Guy Saint-Jacques, former ambassador of Canada to China, will be delivering a presentation on China After the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks St., Ottawa. 7:30 p.m. Free for members of the Canada China Friendship Society. $10 for non-members. 


McKesson Presents The Walrus Talks Health—The Walrus Talks returns to Ottawa on Tuesday, Nov. 28 for The Walrus Talks Health at the Canadian Museum of Nature (240 McLeod St.) from 7-10 p.m. Six speakers—including Deep Genomics CEO Brendan Frey, Women’s College Research Institute senior scientist Dr. Steve Narod, and Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement president Maureen O’Neil—will discuss innovation in medicine and the health-care system of the future. Full event details and tickets are available online at


Census Data Release—On Nov. 29, Statistics Canada will release data from the 2016 census on education, labour, the journey to work, language of work, and mobility and migration of Canadians.


Bank of Canada Release—The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement. 10 a.m.

SATURDAY, JAN. 27, 2018

Saskatchewan Party Elects New Leader—The next premier of Saskatchewan, taking over from Brad Wall who announced his resignation in the summer, will be elected today by party membership at a convention in Saskatoon.

SATURDAY, FEB. 3, 2018

British Columbia Liberal Party Elects New Leader—Voting will take place online, with a telephone option, on Thursday, Feb. 1, Friday, Feb. 2, and Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. The party will hold a leadership convention for the announcement of the new leader on Feb. 3.  For more info:


Liberal Party National Convention—The Liberals will hold a national convention April 19-21, 2018 in Halifax, N.S.

[caption id="attachment_94054" align="aligncenter" width="711"] Liberal Party President Anna Gainey, left, Leader Justin Trudeau, centre, and president of the Young Liberals Mira Ahmad, right, at the party's Winnipeg convention in May 2016. The Liberal Party will host its next convention in April 2018 in Halifax. PMO's Adam Scotti photograph[/caption]

FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018

G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Que.—The 2018 G7 Summit will be held at the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie, Que., located in the province's scenic Charlevoix region. The summit will take place from June 8-9. Canada holds the presidency of the G7 in 2018. It rotates annually.

MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018

Conference of Montreal—The International Economic Forum of the Americas hosts this annual event featuring speakers typically including heads of state, central bank governors, ministers, and global economic decision-makers. June 11-14, 2018.

THURSDAY, AUG. 23, 2018

Conservative Party National Convention—To be held in Halifax, N.S., until Aug. 25, 2018.

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