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Politics This Morning: Bernier to formalize new party’s status; Bains to announce funding for Manitoba’s aerospace industry

By Beatrice Paez       

Women's rights activists are taking to the Hill today ahead of a Supreme Court hearing on Thursday in the case involving the acquittal of a trucker accused of first-degree murder.

Bottoms up! Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez is dropping by Schenider Haus, a national historic site and museum in Kitchener, Ont., for its Oktoberfest celebration. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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Here’s what’s making news on the Hill and beyond:

  • The votes have yet to be cast, but Canada is abandoning Michaëlle Jean‘s bid for a second term to lead la Francophonie. Support has been coalescing around Rwanda’s candidate, Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo, and Ottawa has signalled that it will back the consensus. In the lead-up to the vote, political observers had said the former governor general’s chances of staying on was a long shot.
  • Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer on Monday met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to talk energy during his trip to India. In a Facebook post, Mr. Scheer said he pledged to “remove the roadblocks” that are preventing Canada’s energy exports from reaching the Indo-Pacific region.
  • Some police forces are pushing back against proposed restrictions that would prohibit or limit cannabis use even while officers are off duty.

Independent MP Maxime Bernier plans to file his application to formally establish his new party, the People’s Party of Canada, on Tuesday morning. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

What’s on the go today:

  • Maxime Bernier is making it official. The former Conservative MP is filing his papers with Elections Canada to formally establish the People’s Party of Canada. (10 a.m. at Elections Canada’s HQ, 30 Victoria St.)
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Yerevan, Armenia, for the Francophonie summit. His agenda is packed with a series of events, starting with a meeting with Quebec premier-designate François Legault, and ending with a dinner hosted by Armenian President Nikol Pashinyan. He’ll catch up with Michaëlle Jean, who had been vying to renew her tenure as secretary general of the organization, at a luncheon that the former governor general is hosting.
  • Women’s rights activists are taking to the Hill today ahead of a Supreme Court hearing on Thursday in the case involving the acquittal of a trucker accused of first-degree murder in the death of a First Nations woman from Edmonton, Cindy Gladue. For the first time, the court could rule on whether an “objective likelihood of harm” overrides prior sexual consent, according to CBC. (1 p.m. at the Charles Lynch room)
  • Health officials are holding another technical briefing ahead of the recreational pot’s legalization. Wednesday’s briefing will focus on how legalization will affect rules in the workplace, with officials from Employment and Social Development Canada and the Treasury Board among those slated to answer questions. (1 p.m. at the National Press Theatre)
  • Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains is in Winnipeg to cut a cheque in support of Manitoba’s aerospace industry. (1 p.m. at the Composites Innovation Centre) He’ll then hop over to an event hosted by the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce for a fireside chat. (2:40 p.m. at the Fairmont Winnipeg)
  • In Granby, Que., Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Liberal MP Pierre Breton are slated to announce funding, under the Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, in support of the Armada Surge Protection, a local startup. (2:40 p.m. at the Armada Surge Protection)
  • Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez will kick the day off in Kitchener, Ont., where he’s set to pop in at an Oktoberfest block party at around 6 p.m. Before those festivities, he’s scheduled to visit Schneider Haus, a national historic site and museum, home to one of the first German-Mennonite settlers in the Waterloo region.

What the newsroom’s reading:

  • Cindy Gladue hearing to shine spotlight on questions of racism in Canada’s courts: Critics argue  that the trial judge allowed “systemic racism” to corrupt the case that led to the acquittal of Bradley Burton, a trucker who had been charged with first-degree murder and manslaughter. (via Globe and Mail)
  • New Quebec government open to allowing existing teachers who wear religious symbols to keep their jobs: But under the proposed law,  new hires would be required to comply with the ban. (via CBC News)
  • Stephen Harper’s book has lots of flaws, but it’s worth looking past them: The former prime minister offers a “generous treatment” of Donald Trump, arguing that he has tapped into the frustrations of voters who feel that they’ve been left behind amid the push for globalization and free trade. (via Globe and Mail)

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