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Politics This Morning: Trudeau, Sajjan, Horgan, Wilson-Raybould, Qualtrough to tour B.C. wildfires

By Kate Malloy      
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan, pictured on Parliament Hill on July 25, 2017. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
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Good Monday morning.

Here’s what you need to know this morning.

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains is up with the birds this morning in Windsor, Ont., to showcase a new technology of self-driving cars crossing the Canada-U.S. border at 8 a.m. EST.

At 9:30 a.m. (local time), National Defence officials will invite the media into a standing court martial in Kentville, N.S.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was in Calgary on Sunday aboard the CP Canada 150 Train, will be in Williams Lake, B.C., today to tour the devastation caused by the B.C. wildfires.

At 10:30 a.m. (local time), Mr. Trudeau, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan; Carla Qualtrough, the minister of sports and chair of the Cabinet Committee on Federal Recovery Efforts for the 2017 B.C. Wildfires; Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould; and B.C. Premier John Horgan will meet at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex parking lot with members of the Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP members from the Williams Lake Wildfire Command Centre.

At 12:10 p.m., the prime minister, the minister of National Defence, the minister of Sports, the Justice minister, and the premier of B.C. will visit the Cariboo Fire Centre, and at 1 p.m. all four will participate in an aerial tour of the fire zones in the region.

At 2:20 p.m., the prime minister and the premier of B.C. will hold a media availability at Cariboo Fire Centre. By the way, the prime minister was also in Revelstoke, B.C., on Saturday where he attended a Canadian Red Cross Fundraiser for the thousands of people who have been affected by the B.C. forest fires.

There are 150 wildfires still burning in British Columbia and an estimated $172-million has been spent since April 1 on trying to fight the forest fires. The Canadian Red Cross says 50,000 people in the province have registered with it to receive assistance.

At 2 p.m. (local time) today, Liberal MP Sean Fraser (Central Nova, N.S.) will make a funding announcement at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, N.S.

On July 29, the prime minister also announced $35-million in funding to build Canada’s Diversity Gardens, which will include an Indigenous People’s Garden, at the Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg in order to “showcase Canada’s biodiversity and multicultural heritage,” according to the PMO’s press release. The prime minister said the upcoming Diversity Gardens will join a host of world-class sites in Manitoba “where residents and tourists can celebrate Canada’s biodiversity, our multicultural heritage, and the importance of nature in our lives.” He also pointed out the project will create “good, well-paying jobs” in Winnipeg for “the middle class and those working hard to join it.” The prime minister made the announcement in Winnipeg where he also met with Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister.

In related news, the Conservatives plan to hold their summer caucus in Winnipeg before the House returns because they want to win back the six seats they lost in the province in the last election, Abbas Rana reports in today’s issue of The Hill Times www.hilltimes.com

In case you missed it, on July 28, Health Minister Jane Philpott and Sports Minister  Carla Qualtrough released Canadian guidelines on concussion in sport. On July 29, NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton released her racial justice policy, ending the practice of racial targeting in police systems, access to citizenship for all migrant and temporary foreign workers, and addressing he high incarceration rates of Indigenous persons. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland condemned North Korea’s ballistic missile launch test.

That’s it for now. Have a great day.

The Hill Times 

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