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Politics This Morning: Trudeau’s in Chicoutimi; Morneau’s in P.E.I., Supreme Court to rule on Clyde River, Thames First Nation

By Kate Malloy      
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured in this file photo, will be in Chicoutimi, Que., visiting l'Exposition agricole de Chicoutimi at 12:45 p.m. and will attend Souper dans les Rues, part of the 63rd Traverse internationale du lac St. Jean in Roberval, Que., at 6:10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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Good Wednesday morning.

British Columbia’s new premier John Horgan blew into town yesterday to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the first time, and, by all accounts, the two had a good a meeting. Dressed in similar summer blue suits, similar polka dotted ties, and similar brown shoes, they sidestepped talking about the future of the controversial $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which the Trudeau government approved last fall and which Mr. Horgan campaigned hard against, but they did discuss the B.C. wildfires, the opioid crisis, the economy, and reconciliation with Indigenous people. Mr. Trudeau said he will go to B.C. next week to see the devastation of the wildfires. But the two kept things light and cordial. Mr. Trudeau described themselves as “progressive politicians” who got elected on similar mandates to help the middle class, protect the environment, and advance the cause of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. When Mr. Horgan accidentally knocked his glass of water off his podium in the Commons Foyer at the press conference, he joked, “Oops, didn’t know that was there. Spills can happen anywhere,” in reference to a potential oil spill. Mr. Trudeau responded: “We’ll get people to clean that up right away,” and Mr. Horgan said, “There’s a federal response for that.”

Here’s what’s going on today.

At 8:15 a.m. (EST), the Supreme Court’s executive legal officer will brief the media in a lockup on the court’s judgments in two cases to be ruled on today: the Hamlet of Clyde River versus the Petroleum Geo-Services Inc., and the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation versus Enbridge Pipelines. The Supreme Court will released its judgments at 9:45 a.m. (EST).

Finance Minister Bill Morneau will be in Prince Edward this morning, first touring the Crasdale Farms in Hunter River at 10 a.m. (local time) followed by a boat tour of the Stanley Bridge Harbour in Stanley at 11:30.m. (local time). He will hold a media availability at 10:30 a.m. (local time)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in Chicoutimi, Que., visiting l’Exposition agricole de Chicoutimi at 12:45 p.m. (EST). He will also attend Souper dans les Rues, part of the 63rd Traverse internationale du lac St. Jean in Roberval, Que., at 6:10 p.m.

At 11:30 a.m. (EST), the Inuit community of Clyde River will hold a press conference in the Charles Lynch Room, 130-S Centre Block, on Parliament Hill following the Supreme Court’s ruling of the Hamlet of Clyde River, et al. v. Petroleum Geo-Services Inc. Jerry Natanine, former mayor and Clyde River community leader; Nader Hasan, Clyde River’s legal counsel; Amnesty International Canada’s Alex Neve; and Greenpeace Canada’s Farrah Khan will be speaking at the press conference.

Out in Dartmouth, N.S., the Transportation Safety Board of Canada’s Joseph Hincke and Marc-André Poisson will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. (ADT) on its investigations report into the June 2016 fatal capsizing and of fishing vessel near Miller Brook Wharf, Salmon Beach, N.S.

NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton is touring British Columbia all week, making stops in the Okanagan Valley, Vernon, Salt Spring Island, Courtenay, Port Alberni, and Nanaimo.

Tonight—and this is a shameless self-promotion as a media sponsor—is the final night for the Lawn Summer Nights Ottawa lawn bowling fundraiser soirée for Cystic Fibrosis Canada. The Ottawa event is trying to raise $75,000 and is well on its way. It takes place at the Elmdale Lawn Bowling Club at 6:30 p.m., followed by an after-party at the North and Navy on Nepean Street. You can follow all the lawn bowling fun at #lawnsummer and #LSNOTT.

That’s it. Have a great day.

The Hill Times 

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