Good Friday morning,
Even though we just got back, it seems like everyone is already looking forward to the weekend. Things are still pretty slow going, but here’s what’s on the go today:
Liberal MP Andrew Leslie, parliamentary secretary to the foreign affairs minister, is in Lima, Peru, today, representing Canada at the ninth Lima Group meeting about the ongoing crisis in Venezuela. The Lima Group was established in August 2017 in its namesake city as a way to co-ordinate the response and international pressure on Venezuela’s government to fix the economic disaster that has pushed nearly three million people to flee the country in the face of severe food and medicine shortages and political oppression. Other countries that regularly attend these meetings include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, Jamaica, and Guatemala.
Here at home, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen is still front and centre today to kick off the new year, this time in Calgary where he will be talking about the Liberals’ program to support visible-minority newcomer women. Mr. Hussen will make his pitch and speak to the media at the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association at 11 a.m. local time.
On Thursday, many eyes were south of the border as senior Democrat Nancy Pelosi returned as Speaker of the House of Representatives. First elected to Congress in 1987, Ms. Pelosi was elected as the 63rd Speaker, having previously held the position from 2007 to 2011, prompting U.S. President Donald Trump to make his first-ever appearance in the White House briefing room where reporters usually hear from his press secretary. There’s no love lost between the president and Ms. Pelosi. She is now second in line behind Vice-President Mike Pence to inherit the Oval Office if Mr. Trump dies, resigns, is kicked out, or otherwise can’t continue as president. She’s said she hasn’t ruled out impeaching Mr. Trump.
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