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Politics This Morning: Trudeau to meet with dairy lobby; Joly to announce media funding; Garneau heads to Senate committee

By Beatrice Paez      

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is convening a closed-door meeting at 10 a.m. with the dairy farmers in Montreal, in the wake of the government's decision to make concessions on dairy under the United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement.

Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi announced on Wednesday, Oct. 3, that the government won't appeal the Federal Court's ruling on the Trans Mountain pipeline. In addition, it has appointed Frank Iacobucci, a retired Supreme Court justice, to lead consultations with First Nations groups. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew
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Good Thursday morning,

Here’s what’s on the go today:

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is convening a closed-door meeting at 10 a.m. with the dairy farmers in Montreal, in the wake of the government’s decision to make concessions on dairy under the United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement. Ottawa is in the midst of developing a relief package to cushion the anticipated losses. Later this morning, at around 11:15 a.m., he’ll be teaming up with Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez for a photo-op and tour of Les Films Séville, a film distribution company. After that, it’s onto a tour with Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains at the MetriCan Stamp Co. manufacturing plant. In the evening, he’s scheduled to address supporters in Windsor, Ont., at party fundraiser. The price of admission is a donation between $250 and $1,500. (7:30 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Windsor)
  • Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains is planning to tour the Toyota factory in Cambridge, Ont., where he also plans to hold a presser. His visit comes a few days after the government secured an agreement in principle with the U.S., which includes a side agreement essentially exempting Canada from auto tariffs that the White House could choose to impose on other countries. (10 a.m. at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada’s factory)
  • In Ottawa, Tourism Minister Mélanie Joly plans to announce funding in support of English- and French-language community media outlets. (11 a.m. in the House foyer)
  • International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr has a photo-op scheduled with the people behind the Wuxly Movement, a company that manufactures vegan-friendly jackets in Toronto. (2 p.m. at the Wuxly Movement’s headquarters) After that, he heads to the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce for a keynote address. (3:30 p.m. at the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce)
  • Infrastructure Minister François-Philippe Champagne has back-to-back engagements, starting with a visit to the LiUNA Local 1053 training facility in London, Ont. He then heads to Fanshawe College and ends the day at the University of Western Ontario.

Committee meetings of note:

  • The House National Defence Committee is convening to discuss Canada’s contributions to international peacekeeping. Witnesses scheduled to testify include reps from United Nations University. (11 a.m. in room 310, Wellington Building)
  • For the second time this week, the House Immigration Committee is scheduled to dig into its study of the migration challenges facing Canada. The Danish Refugee Council and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre among those slated to speak. (3:30 p.m. in room 415, Wellington Building)
  • Following the release of her reports, Environment Commissioner Julie Gelfand is sitting down with the House Environment Committee to brief them on her findings. (3:30 p.m. in room 253-D, Centre Block)
  • Transport Minister Marc Garneau is appearing before the Senate Committee on Banking to deliver the government’s response to its report on internal trade. (10:30 a.m. in room nine, Victoria Building)
  • The Senate Social Affairs Committee plans to elect a new chair. (10:30 a.m. in room two, Victoria Building)

Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef announced on Wednesday new funding to support the work of Equal Voice, an organization that works to increase women’s participation in politics. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

What the newsroom’s reading:

  • Manitoba backs out of planned carbon tax, says Ottawa not respecting provinces: Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says the feds are are still threatening to backstop the province’s tax with its own. (via the Canadian Press)
  •  After heated debate, hurled insults, Tory motion to overturn child killer’s transfer to heating lodge defeated: The Conservatives demanded an apology from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who called the opposition party  “ambulance-chasing politicians,” for its refusal to respect the independence of the judicial system. (via CBC News)
  • Budget watchdog to study cost of replacing Phoenix system: The Parliamentary Budget Officer was asked by Conservative MP Kelly McCauley dig into the figuresto as part of its broader study. (via iPolitics)

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