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Politics This Morning: Trudeau in Singapore for ASEAN summit

By Beatrice Paez       

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains has a packed agenda, starting with an update on the feds' superclusters program.

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains is checking in with business leaders in Milton, Ont., for a fireside chat on USMCA and the advanced-manufacturing supercluster. The Hill Times file photograph by Andrew Meade
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Good Tuesday morning,

Here’s what is happening today:

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lands in Singapore this afternoon for the ASEAN Summit. On the agenda this year will be a discussion of how to modernize the group and the adoption of a smart cities framework, aimed at improving public services among a network of like-minded cities. Canada, since 1977, has enjoyed a special status as a dialogue partner of ASEAN and is routinely invited to these summits. Mr. Trudeau’s visit includes a meeting with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Canada-ASEAN Business Council, a one on one with Song Hwee, Chia, CEO of investment company, Temasek, and a reception hosted by the high commissioner of Canada to Singapore.
  • Over the next few days, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna will be in Sidney, B.C., to tout the government’s nature conservation plan. First up, at 9:45 a.m., she’s sitting down with Indigenous leaders for a roundtable on species at risk. Then it’s off to an afternoon hike with local stakeholders and youth to highlight the “importance of nature and protected areas.”
  • In Palermo, Italy, Stéphane Dion, Canada’s special envoy to the European Union, is attending the International Conference on Libya. There will be some jockeying at play during the two-day conference, as Italy seeks to retake the diplomatic reins from France, which had organized a “surprise summit” in a failed attempt to get Libya to hold elections in December.
  • Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains is in Oakville, Ont., for an announcement related to the feds’ superclusters program. That’s at 9:30 a.m. at the headquarters of Promation, a robotics company. After that, he heads to Milton, Ont., for a fireside chat at 12:30 p.m. on USMCA and the advanced-manufacturing supercluster. He will wrap up the day by making a “significant” funding announcement under the strategic innovation fund in Kitchener, Ont., at 2:30 p.m.
  • Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos is in Dartmouth, N.S., to highlight the government’s efforts to support workers who are unemployed or those who leave in the face of health or family pressures. The event is at 10 a.m. at Sunsel Systems.
  • Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale is in Regina, where he’ll be meeting with Jim Reiter, the province’s health minister, at 10 a.m. to announce new measures intended to increase access to treatment for those with substance abuse issues.
  • In Moncton, N.B., at 1 p.m., Health Minsiter Ginette Petitpas Taylor and Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef are expected to make a funding announcement related to women’s economic security.

What the newsroom’s reading:

  • Trudeau told Trump in Paris he wants to ‘resolve’ tariffs issue before G20 in Argentina: At a dinner organized by French President Emmanuel Macron, the prime minister said he “absolutely brought” up the outstanding tariff dispute with Donald Trump. He said he hopes to have the issue resolved when they meet again for the upcoming G20 summit. (via CBC News)
  • Contradictory signals on free trade with China reflect complications for Canada: Not too long ago, Ottawa said it was working to pursue “sector by sector” deals with China, but it now seems to be pushing for a more comprehensive agreement. (via Globe and Mail)
  • Limited China talks don’t preclude full trade pact, Canada says: Ottawa could be looking to strike trade deals on certain sectors, including agriculture products and energy resources. (via Bloomberg News)
  • How Toronto’s sky-high housing prices are forcing seniors out of their homes: A majority of seniors who are spending more than 30 per cent tenants are of their income on housing, according to an advocacy group. (via TVO)
  • 12 targets as Democrats prepare to investigate Trump administration: Trump’s tax returns, Russian interference, and hush payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal are all fair game in the House Democrats’ eyes. (via Washington Post)

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