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Politics This Morning: Philpott heads to AFN gathering

By Beatrice Paez       

It's Indigenous Service Minister Jane Philpott's turn to address the Assembly of First Nations at the Special Chiefs Assembly in Ottawa.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh addresses NDP staffers on the Hill, working to rally his team amid the party's waning appeal among voters. The latest survey from Nanos Research suggests the NDP has a favourability rating of 14 per cent, compared to the Liberals who are polling at 37.9 per cent and Conservatives at 32.2 per cent. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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Good Wednesday morning,

Here’s what’s happening today:

  • It’s Indigenous Service Minister Jane Philpott‘s turn to address the Assembly of First Nations at the Special Chiefs Assembly in Ottawa. Her speech, set for 8:45 a.m. at the Westin Hotel, follows last week’s announcement that the government intends to hand oversight of child welfare services to Indigenous governments. Indigenous children disproportionately account for those in foster care, and the move is pitched as an effort to bring those numbers down.
  • In other related appearances scheduled, Crown-Indigenous Minister Carolyn Bennett and Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler plan to participate in a ceremony to highlight an agreement-in-principle reached on the “path to restoring”  the Nishnawbe Aski First Nation’s jurisdiction on education. They’ll be at the Château Laurier at 9 a.m. for this event.
  • Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen is in Etobicoke, Ont., for an announcement on the feds’ efforts to support newcomers, specifically, visible-minority women. Two other ministers—Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef and Science Minister Kirsty Duncan—will be at his side (9:15 a.m. at the Rexdale Community Hub).
  • Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz will hold a presser to discuss the latest interest rate announcement. That’s at 11:15 a.m. in the National Press Theatre.
  • National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Lieutenant-General Chuck Lamarre are slated to address provincial and territorial offices at the “Seamless Canada” reception (5:30 p.m. at the Château Laurier).

Committee meetings of note

  • Senators on the Finance Committee are slated to hear from Finance Minister Bill Morneau on Bill C-86, the feds’ latest budget bill. That’s at 5 p.m. in room nine of the Victoria Building.
  • The UN High Commissioner for Refugee’s rep in Canada, Jean-Nicolas Beuze, heads to the Senate Committee on Human Rights to talk about Canada’s human rights obligations. He’ll be in room nine of the Victoria Building at 11:30 a.m.
  • A clause-by-clause vote on Bill C-76 is expected to happen at the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee at 4:15 p.m. Senators on that committee will meet in room 257, East Block.

What the newsroom’s reading:

  • Opposition parties demand Trudeau explain his plan to end U.S. tariffs: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing calls to appear before committee to outline the government’s plan for getting rid of the tariffs on steel and aluminum, now that the agreement has been signed. A debate on the motion is set for Thursday at the House International Trade Committee. (via CBC News)
  • First Nations voters flipped 22 ridings in 2015 and ready to do it again, says chief: AFN chief Perry Bellegarde wants to see movement on the government’s pledge to pass a bill on child welfare, among other pieces of legislation. (via the Canadian Press)
  • Federal government warned climate change’s effects will be like a ‘slow-moving international war’: Canadian scientists say that if the government hopes to meaningfully curb emissions, a transition to slowly reduce fossil-fuel dependency is not enough. (via the Canadian Press)
  • Election commissioner asked to probe Conservative Party’s ties to Chinese-Canadian conservative groups: The NDP and the Liberal parties have petitioned Yves Cote to initiate a probe that would determine whether the party colluded with a wealthy developer in Toronto to build support within that community. (via Globe and Mail)
  • Last living Second World War ‘code talker’ honoured in Ottawa: Raymond Oakes‘s father, Levi, used his language to secretly communicate messages via radio transmissions during the war. (via Ottawa Citizen)

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