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Politics This Morning: Scheer tours Edmonton, interior B.C.; Jordan’s king visits Ottawa

By Marco Vigliotti      
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is visiting Edmonton and interior B.C. as his party prepares for its annual summer caucus meetings next week. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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Good Monday morning,

It’s the final stretch of the usually quiet summer period on the Hill, with the Liberals and Conservatives preparing for national caucus meetings next week. Expect the calendar to heat up in the coming days before Parliament resumes sitting on Sept. 18.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is spending the last Monday of August in Alberta’s capital city before heading south to B.C.’s Okanagan Valley.

Mr. Scheer will deliver a speech at Edmonton’s Matrix Hotel on the effect of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s taxation policies on local businesses. He’ll speak to members of the Alberta Enterprise Group, a self-described corporate advocacy organization. The speech will start at noon MDT.

He will then head to neighbouring British Columbia for a speaking engagement at Lang Vineyards in Naramata, B.C., at 6:45 p.m. PDT.

The federal Conservative caucus will host its summer meeting in Winnipeg, Man. from Sept. 6 to 8, while the Liberals convene in Kelowna, B.C., between Sept. 5 and 7. New Democrat MPs are set to meet in Hamilton from Sept. 16 to 17.

Mr. Trudeau has jumped back into making public appearances after spending some two weeks away from the spotlight in B.C. On Sunday, Mr. Trudeau likely completed his summer swing of pride festivals by marching in Ottawa’s Capital Pride parade.

Today, he will meet with King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein of Jordan in Ottawa at 6 p.m. for a closed-door working dinner, as part of the Middle Eastern monarch’s two-day state visit to Canada.

Governor General David Johnston is hosting the king as well for some of the trip. The two will first meet Monday at Rideau Hall at 10:15 a.m.

Back in Alberta, Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr will announce clean-energy funding to help reduce emissions in the oil and gas sector during an event today at Chevron Plaza in downtown Calgary. It starts at 9:30 a.m. MDT.

Crossing the aisle again, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May is hosting a town hall with David Coon, New Brunswick’s Green Party leader and a member of the province’s legislature, in Moncton as part of her tour of the Atlantic provinces. The event goes at 7 p.m. Atlantic time at the Lions Community Centre.

The New Brunswick Greens made a historic breakthrough in the province’s 2014 election, winning its first seat ever in the provincial legislature.

Ms. May’s tour of Atlantic Canada wraps up on Wednesday.  

Have a great day!

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