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Politics This Morning: Trudeau, Legault to travel to Armenia for summit

By Beatrice Paez       

Quebec premier-designate François Legault's visit to Armenia for a summit that will touch on diversity comes amid a renewed debate in Quebec over whether public servants should be banned from wearing religious symbols.

Quebec premier-designate François Legault will be travelling to Yerevan, Armenia, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the La Francophonie Summit. Photograph courtesy of Instagram
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Good Tuesday morning,

Here’s what’s on the go today:

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and premier-designate François Legault are heading to Yerevan, Armenia, for the La Francophonie Summit, a global gathering aimed at promoting the French language. This year’s theme is ““Living together in solidarity, shared humanistic values, and respect for diversity: a source of peace and prosperity in La Francophonie.”Mr. Legault’s visit comes amid a renewed debate in Quebec over whether public servants should be banned from wearing religious symbols. Tourism and La Francophonie Minister Mélanie Joly also expected to attend the summit to promote, among other things, the socioeconomic empowerment of women and girls, according to her office.
  • In London, Ont., at around 11 a.m., Seniors Minister Filomena Tassi has two photo-ops scheduled to highlight the government’s support for the Horton Street Seniors’ Centre and Boys and Girls Club of London. In the afternoon, at 2:30 p.m., she heads to the Chinese Canadian National Council.
  • Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson will be in Chase, B.C., where he’s slated to tour the Salute to Sockeye festival, hosted by the Adams River Salmon Society. Every four years, more than a hundred thousand spectators gather at Tsútswecw Provincial Park to watch the Adams River turn red, as millions of sockeye salmon pass through. (3 p.m. at the Tsútswecw Provincial Park)
  • Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos will be talking up the government’s Canada Child Benefit plan while in Chicoutimi, Que. (12 p.m. at La Grange aux Lutins)

What the newsroom’s reading:

  • Canadian member of Islamic State caught, but RCMP struggle to lay charges against ISIS fighters: The former Ryerson University student was captured by Kurdish forces and is being held in a makeshift prison on the border of Turkey. (via Global News)
  • Chrétien predicts common sense will prevail in debate over religious symbols: He says the premier-designate, François Legault, will not likely invoke the notwithstanding clause, as he’s threatened to do to enforce a ban on religious symbols. (via the Canadian Press)
  • Major climate report describes a strong risk of crisis as early as 2040: The UN report warns  that, if greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current rate, food shortages and wildfires will intensify. (via New York Times)
  • Canadian military says doubling of sex assault reports a sign of progress: It’s an indicator that more people have been willing to disclose what’s happened to them, according to the military.

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