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Politics This Morning: Hussen in Toronto talk feds’ immigration plan; Trudeau, Carr in Manitoba

By Beatrice Paez       

Elections Canada's Stéphane Perrault, the chief electoral officer, CRTC officials, and Daniel Therrien, the privacy commissioner, are slated to testify before the House Ethics Committee on the Cambridge Analytica and Facebook breach.

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen is scheduled to speak about the benefits of immigration during an event hosted by the Canadian Club of Toronto. The Hill Times file photograph by Andrew Meade
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Good Thursday morning,

Here’s what’s happening today:

  • After announcing the government’s plan to increase annual immigration to 350,000 over the next few years, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen will be in Toronto to tout the benefits of immigration. He will address attendees at an event hosted by the Canadian Club of Toronto (8:15 a.m. at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel).
  • In response to the feds’ immigration plan, Conservative critics Michelle Rempel and Pierre Paul-Hus will hold a presser at 11:30 a.m. at the National Press Theatre.
  • Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef is scheduled to make a funding announcement in support of women’s economic security (8 a.m. at the Lord Elgin Hotel).
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Churchill, Man., with International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr, where they plan to make an announcement related to the Port of Churchill, which was recently purchased by Arctic Gateway Group, a consortium owned by First Nations, among other groups. A medial avail will follow at 10 a.m.
  • Later in the day, at around 2:10 p.m., the prime minister heads to Vancouver for a tour of Triumf, a particle accelerator lab at the University of British Columbia. After that event, he will meet up with Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson for Q&A at the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade (4:15 p.m. at Vancouver Convention Centre East).
  • Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer will address members of the Lévis Chamber of Commerce in Lévis, Que. (12:30 p.m. at Complexe 2 glaces Honco).
  • The NDP’s Linda Duncan, deputy critic for environment, will hold a presser as the party looks to introduce a motion to bring forth an accountability statute for climate-change action (11:30 a.m. in the Charles Lynch Room).
  • Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor and other public officials, including Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, will host a pop-up flu shot booth (11:45 a.m. at the mayor’s boardroom, Ottawa City Hall).
  • In Churchill, Man., at 1 p.m., International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr will be at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, a non-profit institute that conducts research on biodiversity, for an announcement in support of their work.Af
  • Finance Minister Bill Morneau is filling in for Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi to deliver remarks at Efficiency Canada’s reception (5 p.m. at Carleton University’s Richcraft Hall atrium). The group describes itself as an advocacy organization and think-tank.
  • As part of the Ottawa International Writers Festival, former Liberal prime minister Jean Chrétien will discuss his latest book, My Stories, My Times (7 p.m. at Southminster United Church).

Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott, pictured, announced alongside Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc that the government will provide some funding to help communities grapple with Greyhound’s decision to discontinue bus services in certain pockets of the country, including in northern Ontario and Western Canada.

Committee meetings of note:

  • Elections Canada’s Stéphane Perrault, the chief electoral officer, CRTC officials, and Daniel Therrien, the privacy commissioner, are slated to testify before the House Ethics Committee on the Cambridge Analytica and Facebook breach. Some committee members have raised concerns that there’s not enough accountability when it comes to ensuring that political parties do not misuse Canadians’ data as they gear up for the next campaign (11 a.m. in room 415, Wellington Building).
  • At the House Committee on Government Operations and Estimates, Treasury Board Secretariat Scott Brison, along with senior officials from his department, is scheduled to answer questions on the government’s latest supplementary estimates (3:30 p.m. in room 237-C, Centre Block)
  • The House Heritage Committee is planning to hear from the Assembly of First Nations’ Morley Googoo, regional chief for Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, as it looks at Bill C-369, legislation that would make National Indigenous Peoples Day a holiday (11 a.m. in room 315, Wellington Building).

What the newsroom’s reading:

  • Facebook’s Zuckerberg summoned to appear before session of U.K., Canadian politicians: An “international grand committee” is calling on the social media giant’s CEO to “give an accurate account” of the data breaches that have taken place under Mark Zuckerberg‘s watch. (via CBC News)
  • Doug Ford’s budget adviser praised carbon pricing in 2016: Benjamin Dachis, speaking on behalf of the C.D. Howe Institute, a right-leaning think-tank, told a Senate committee that a carbon-pricing plan is the “single most important thing that any government can do to transition to a low-carbon economy.” (via Toronto Star)
  • Federal government to review funding for former governors-general: Trudeau: The prime minister’s comments follow a news report revealing that former governor general Adrienne Clarkson has, as one of the perks of the post, been claiming about $100,000  a year in office expenses since leaving public office. (via the Canadian Press)
  • Liberals offer bridge funding to fill Greyhound service gaps:  A cost-sharing program struck with the provinces will run for two years following Greyhound’s decision earlier this year to cancel certain bus routes. (via CBC News)
  • Doug Ford, Andrew Scheer play fast and loose with facts about carbon tax: Among the misleading statements the federal Conservative leader has made is saying that the plan will not reduce emissions because large emitters have been granted a “massive exemption.” (via National Observer)

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