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PM in Brussels for NATO summit July 11

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg in the PM's Parliament Hill office on April 4. The prime minister is set to take part in a two-day NATO leaders' summit July 11 and 12 in Brussels, Belgium. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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After his first European stop in Latvia to meet with the country’s prime minister and president and visit with Canadian troops stationed at a military base there, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is off to a NATO leaders’ summit July 11 and 12 in Brussels, Belgium.

Leading into the summit, United States President Donald Trump sent letters to several NATO members, including Canada, to express the U.S.’s frustration with them spending less than the alliance’s target two per cent of GDP on defence and asking them to boost theirs. Mr. Trudeau will likely have to address this at the summit.

Here are more upcoming political happenings.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 11

House Adjourned—The House adjourned on Wednesday, June 20, and won’t return until Monday, Sept. 17.

Bank of Canada to Release Overnight Rate Target—On July 11, the Bank of Canada will announce its decision on the target for the overnight rate. The bank will also publish its quarterly Monetary Policy Report at the same time. The journalists’ lockup is at 7 a.m. The announcement is at 10 a.m. (ET). A press conference will be held at 11:15 a.m. (ET) with Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz and senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins.

Sixth Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum—The AusCan Forum is taking place July 9 to July 11. Confirmed speakers include: Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne, Australian Energy and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg, former prime minister Paul Martin, former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd, PwC global chair Bob Moritz, Power Corporation of Canada chair Paul Desmarais, Jr., and others. Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 René-Lévesque Blvd. W., Montreal.

Ottawa Lawn Summer Nights—The Ottawa Lawn Summer Nights lawnbowling fundraiser for cystic fibrosis starts on Wednesday, July 11, at 6 p.m. at the Elmdale Lawn Bowling Club, 1 MacFarlane Ave., Ottawa. It will happen again on July 18, July 25, Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. If you can’t play, you can always donate to the Lawn Summer Nights. Contact LSN at ottawa@lawnsummernights.com.

Summa Strategies’ Alik Angaladian, pictured front second from left last year, with Mathieu Genest, Carolynn Lacasse, Nic Connolly, Sarah Cebulski, and Micha Miljevic, is one of the Lawn Summer Nights’ organizers. Photograph courtesy of Lawn Summer Nights

NATO Summit—Leaders of NATO countries will gather July 11-12 in Brussels, Belgium. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will attend. For more information, please call the PMO Press Office at 613-957-5555.

Ottawa Bluesfest—This annual festival runs July 5 to July 15 at LeBreton Flats in Ottawa. It’s featuring the Dave Matthews Band (July 11), Blue Rodeo (July 12), Beck (July 13), Sturgill Simpson (July 13), Rae Sremmurd (July 14), and Rise Against (July 15), among many others.


TUESDAY, JULY 17

Women in Communications and Technology—The National Capital Region branch of Women in Communications and Technology is set to host its season-closer open-mic night on July 17. 5 p.m. Metropolitain Brasserie, 700 Sussex Dr., Ottawa. $15. Featuring a performance by comedian Jenn Labelle. Register via wct-fct.com.


FRIDAY, JULY 20

An Evening with Justin Trudeau—The Liberal Party of Canada is hosting this fundraiser featuring Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Royal Venetian, 400 Industrial Pkwy S., Aurora, Ont. $150-$500. events.liberal.ca.


SUNDAY, JULY 22

The Japan Exchange and Teaching Alumni Association Ottawa is hosting its 14th annual Natsu Matsuri Summer Festival on July 22, celebrating Japanese culture. Photograph courtesy of JETAA

Natsu Matsuri Summer Festival—The Japan Exchange and Teaching Alumni Association Ottawa is hosting its 14th annual Natsu Matsuri Summer Festival on July 22, celebrating Japanese culture, with activities ranging from musical performances to family-friendly events. Marion Dewar Plaza, outside Ottawa City Hall, July 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 25

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Election—The Assembly of First Nations will elect its national chief today, July 25, in Vancouver, B.C., during the AFN Annual General Assembly. The 2018 AGA is taking place at the Vancouver Convention Centre, July 24-26.


FRIDAY, AUG. 10

An Evening with the Harjit Sajjan—The Chilliwack-Hope Federal Liberal Association is hosting a reception Aug. 10 with Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. 6 p.m. $400. Chilliwack Golf Club, 41894 Yale Rd. W., Chilliwack, B.C. events.liberal.ca.


SATURDAY, AUG. 11

Fifth Annual Riverkeeper Swim—On Aug. 11, join Ottawa Riverkeeper for the fifth annual Riverkeeper Swim, one of only 138 open-water races in the internationally recognized Global Swim Series. Participate in a four-kilometre swim, or one of two shorter distances: 750 metres or 1.5 kilometres. This inter-provincial swim is a fundraiser to protect the Ottawa River. Register via ottawariverkeeper.ca.


SUNDAY, AUG. 19

Japanese Taiko Drum Concert—As it celebrates the 90th anniversary of Canada-Japan diplomatic relations, the Japanese Embassy on Sunday, Aug. 19, is co-organizing a performance by Japanese taiko master Eitetsu Hayashi at the Canadian Museum of History theatre, 100 Laurier St., Gatineau, Que. 2 p.m. Tickets: $20, available via Eventbrite. Questions? Email: infocul@ot.mofa.go.jp.


THURSDAY, AUG. 23

A bit more than a year after winning the Conservative Party’s leadership, Andrew Scheer is set to fire up his troops at the party’s policy convention in Halifax, N.S., from Aug. 23 to 25. The Hill Times file photograph

Conservative Party National Convention—To be held in Halifax, N.S., until Aug. 25. Confirmed speakers are set to include: Conservative Member of the European Parliament Daniel Hannan and entrepreneur François Lambert. The party will vote on policy, train for the next election, and hear from speakers. cpc18.ca.


THURSDAY, AUG. 30

ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting—Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne will attend the 50th ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore between Aug. 30 and Sept. 2.


FRIDAY, SEPT. 14

Spotlight on 42: Changes, Challenges and Conclusions—The Canadian Study of Parliament Group is offering a full-day conference on the 42nd Parliament. The four panels of this conference will discuss topics related to changes and challenges specific to the 42nd Parliament, including: the changing bicameral relationship, making Parliament more inclusive, innovations in the House of Commons, and a check on the Senate modernization process. Cost: $150 for members, $200 for non-members, $25 for students. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sir John A. Macdonald Building. 144 Wellington St., room 100. For more information, visit cspg-gcep.ca or contact the CSPG Secretariat at 613-995-2937 or info@cspg-gcep.ca.


MONDAY, SEPT. 17 

House Sitting—The House returns after a 12-week break on Monday, Sept. 17.


TUESDAY, SEPT. 18

Senate Sitting—The Senate returns after a 12-week break on Tuesday, Sept. 18.


WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19

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 media@liberal.ca 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 coryhann@conservative.ca.

NDP Caucus Meeting—The NDP caucus will meet from 9:15-11 a.m. in the Wellington Building. For more information, please call the NDP Media Centre at 613-222-2351 or media@ndp.ca.

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


FRIDAY, SEPT. 21

Women’s Foreign Ministers’ Meeting—Canada and the European Union are hosting a Women’s Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, Sept. 21-22 in Canada.


SUNDAY, SEPT. 23

Canada Army Run—The 11th edition of the Canada Army Run takes place on Sunday, Sept. 23. Don’t miss your chance to take part in this unique military-themed community event held in the National Capital Region. Sign up soon to run, walk, or roll.


MONDAY, SEPT. 24

New Brunswick Votes—Voters go to the polls today to elect members of the New Brunswick legislature.


MONDAY, OCT. 1

Quebec Votes—Voters in Canada’s second most populous province go to the polls today to elect members of the Quebec National Assembly.


THURSDAY, OCT. 11

2018 International Organization of La Francophonie Summit—Leaders of Francophonie member states will convene in Yerevan, Armenia. Canada is a member of La Francophonie. Until Oct. 12.


THURSDAY, OCT. 18

The Fraser Institute Founders’ Award—In recognition of its founders, T. Patrick Boyle and Michael A. Walker, the Fraser Institute is honouring Shaun C. Francis, chair and CEO of MEDCAN Health Management Inc., and chair of the True Patriot Love Foundation. Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. For information on sponsorship opportunities or to reserve your place, contact Megan McElwain by calling 416-363-6575 ext. 228 or by emailing megan.mcelwain@fraserinstitute.org. Corporate table (10 tickets): $7,500; standard ticket: $500.


THURSDAY, OCT. 25

CGAI’s Annual Defence Procurement Conference—The Canadian Global Affairs Institute is set to host this conference Oct. 25 at the Fairmont Château Laurier hotel, 1 Rideau St., Ottawa. cgai.ca.


WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7

Canadian Science Policy Conference—The 10th Canadian Science Policy Conference will take place Nov 7-9, Delta Hotel, 101 Lyon St. N., Ottawa. sciencepolicy.ca.


MONDAY, NOV. 12

APEC Leaders’ Summit—Leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation member states will meet in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, for APEC’s Economic Leaders’ Summit from Nov. 12 to 18. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to attend.


SATURDAY, NOV. 24

Alberta-Manning Networking Conference—On Nov. 24, the Manning Centre will host its second annual Alberta-Manning Networking Conference at Red Deer College in Red Deer, Alta. This will be a one-day conference.


FRIDAY, NOV. 30

G20 Leaders’ Summit—Argentina will host G20 leaders, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in Buenos Aires. Nov. 30-Dec. 1.


FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2019

National Manning Networking Conference—The 11th annual National-MNC will be held from March 22-24 at the Westin Hotel, Ottawa. This yearly gathering of conservatives typically features speakers including MPs, political strategists, and commentators.


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