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Alberta Premier Rachel Notley will be running to win Tuesday's election, but United Conservative Party Leader Jason Leader Jason Kenney is expected to win. The Hill Times photographs Andrew Meade
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House Not Sitting—The House will take a two-week break from April 15-26. It will resume sitting again on April 29 and will sit for three consecutive weeks, April 29-May 17. The House will break again, from May 20-24, and is then scheduled to sit from May 27-June 21, the final four weeks before the House adjourns and Parliament is later dissolved for the October 2019 election.

Jean Charest will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians at a gala dinner event on Tuesday, April 23 at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade


Alberta Election—Albertans will go to the polls today, Tuesday, April 16. Advance polls open on April 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13. NDP Premier Rachel Notley is in a tough battle to win the election against United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney, who’s polling 15 points ahead.


Seminar on Upcoming Indian General Elections—Speakers include: High Commissioner of India Vikas Swarup; Pradeep Merchant, chair, Canada-India Centre, Carleton University; Stanley Winer, professor, Carleton University; Arun Sahu, deputy high commissioner of India; and more. Carleton University, Ottawa, Wednesday, April 17, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Dunton Tower, Room DT2017 (20th floor).

The Democracy Project Live: Trust, Truth, and Vote 2019—Democracy is under pressure. An election is ahead. Truth and trust will be tested. Some of the most interesting thinkers on the subject will discuss democracy’s threats and challenges, and look at ways forward at this talk. Featuring: David Rohde, executive editor, The New Yorker online; Jennifer Ditchburn, Policy Options editor-in-chief; Hayden King, Yellowhead Institute director; Bessma Momani, Centre for International Governance Innovation senior fellow; author David Moscrop; Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi; and author Robert Reich. Wednesday, April 17. Longboat Hall, Toronto, 1087 Queen St. W. 6 p.m., pre-event reception hosted by The Samara Centre for Democracy; 7:30 p.m., live show begins (doors close at 7:15 p.m.). RSVP by April 10 to be part of the live studio audience.

The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), National Capital Region (NCR) presents: Hacking the Future of Government Through AI, Robotic and Cognitive Automation—A panel discussion will explore how automation technologies can enhance the Canadian public sector, the leadership required and empowering public servants to embrace change. Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Rideau Club, 99 Bank St., Ottawa. Registration via Eventbrite is required.

Hacking the Future of Government through AI, Robotic, and Cognitive AutomationThe Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) National Capital Region branch presents a panel discussion that will explore how automation technologies can enhance the Canadian public sector, the leadership required, and empowering public servants to embrace change. Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 4-7:30 p.m., Rideau Club, 99 Bank St., Ottawa. Registration via Eventbrite is required.

International Development Minister Maryam Monsef, pictured April 8, 2019, speaking at ‘Health for All: The Journey to Empower Every Woman and Child to Thrive,’ a World Health Day photo exhibit at the Ottawa Art Gallery, organized by Canada’s global health community. Photograph courtesy of Matthew Delaney

Celebrating the Constitution and CharterOn Wednesday, April 17, 2019 some of the original members of the staff who were involved in the Constitution Act of 1982 will be gathering for a reunion, including Tom Axworthy, former principal secretary to prime minister Pierre Trudeau and now senior fellow at Massey College. Massey College and Carleton University are hosting a panel discussion in the afternoon, The Constitution:  Untold Stories.  Panellists include Stephen Azzi, historian Carleton University; David Smith; Hugh Segal; Pamela Wallin; and Marilou McPhedran.  Moderated by Mona Fortier, MP Ottawa-Vanier and Tom Axworthy. Foyer of the Senate of Canada Building, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. $25 per person with cash bar. Get your tickets on Eventbrite.ca Registration deadline: Monday, April 15. Photo ID required to access the Senate Building. For further information: Debra Davis debradavis.bltv@gmail.com


Prince Edward Island Election—Prince Edward Islanders will go to the polls on April 23.

Gala to honour Jean Charest with Lifetime Achievement Award—The Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians (CAFP) will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Jean Charest at a gala dinner event on Tuesday, April 23 at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel (900 René Lévesque Blvd. W.) in Montreal. For details on this event and to purchase tables, please contact the CAFP Office at (613) 947-1690 or exparl@parl.gc.ca .


‘Progressive Leadership in a Turbulent World’—The Annual Pearson Centre Gala will happen on April 25, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Arcadian Court, 401 Bay Street, Toronto. Panel with Progressive Leadership Awardees: Margaret McCain, former lieutenant governor of New Brunswick;  Toronto Mayor John Tory;  Hassan Yussuff, president, Canadian Labour Congress. co-chairs:  Sandra Pupatello, chairperson, Pearson Centre, and Paul Zed, counsel & strategic adviser, McCarthy Tétrault;  Tickets: www.thepearsoncentre.caInfo: Gala@thepearsoncentre.ca    

House Sitting—The House will resume sitting again on April 29 and will sit for three consecutive weeks, April 29-May 17. The House will break again, from May 20-24, and is then scheduled to sit from May 27-June 21, the final four weeks before the House adjourns and Parliament is later dissolved for the October 2019 election.

Famous 5 Speaker Series Celebrates Rosemary Speirs—Renowned political journalist, longtime women’s rights activist, and Founder of Equal Voice, Rosemary Speirs will be joined by a panel of journalists at this event, including Chantal Hébert, Carol Goar, and Susan Delacourt, who will highlight Speirs’ career and activiism and speak to their own journeys. Monday, April 29, Sheraton Hotel, 150 Albert St., Ottawa, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. Eventbrite.


Liberal Caucus Meeting—The Liberals will meet in Room 025B West Block on Parliament Hill. For more information, please contact Liberal Party media relations at media@liberal.ca or 613-627-2384.

Conservative Caucus Meeting—The Conservatives will gather for their national caucus meeting in 035B West Block. For more information, contact Cory Hann, director of communications with the Conservative Party of Canada, at coryhann@conservative.ca.

NDP Caucus Meeting—The NDP caucus will meet from 9:15 a.m.-11 a.m. in 125B West Block. For more information, please contact the NDP Media Centre at 613-222-2351 or media@ndp.ca.

Bloc Québécois Meeting—The Bloc Québécois caucus will meet on Wednesday morning starting at 9:30 a.m. in Room 241A in the West Block.

The Home Depot Canada Foundation Parliamentary Reception—On May 1, the Home Depot Canada Foundation will host its annual parliamentary reception. Committed to ending and preventing youth homelessness, the foundation is raising awareness about the active role Canadians are taking to help vulnerable and homeless youth realize brighter futures. By invitation only. Begins at 5:30 p.m. (or after votes) until 8 p.m. at the Métropolitain Brasserie, 700 Sussex Dr. Ottawa.

The Donner Prize—The Donner Prize, which rewards excellence and innovation in public policy writing by Canadians, will host its annual awards gala on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at 6 p.m. at The Carlu (444 Yonge Street, Toronto). The 2018/2019 shortlist titles, chosen from a field of 70, are: Indigenous Nationals, Canadian Citizens: From First Contact to Canada 150 and Beyond, by Thomas J. Courchene; Population Bombed! Exploding the Link Between Overpopulation and Climate Change, by Pierre Desrochers and Joanna Szurmak; Basic Income for Canadians: The Key to a Healthier, Happier and More Secure Life for All, by Evelyn L. Forget; University Commons Divided: Exploring Debate & Dissent on Campus, by Peter McKinnon; and Excessive Force: Toronto’s Fight to Reform City Policing, by Alok Mukherjee with Tim Harper. The winner receives $50,000 while each other nominated title receives $7,500.


World Press Freedom Day Luncheon—Stephen J. Adler, editor-in-chief at Reuters, whose reporters are facing imprisonment and intimidation around the world, will be keynote speaker at this year’s 21st annual World Press Freedom Day Luncheon and 19th  international cartoon competition on May 2 at the National Arts Centre at 11:30 a.m. Winners of the 21st press freedom award and the 19th cartoon contest will be announced at the luncheon. Tickets are $65 each and $2,000 for a table, and can be ordered through Eventbrite.

Defending Democracy, with Michael Adams and David Moscrop—The Ottawa International Writers Festival presents this discussion hosted by Hill Times columnist Susan Riley, featuring pollster and social values researcher Michael Adams and journalist and author David Moscrop whose new book is Too Dumb for Democracy?: Why We Make Bad Political Decisions and How We Can Make Better Ones. Thursday, May 2, Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks St. 8:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary from free (for members) to $25. writersfestival.org.


Fridays for Future—Students across Canada, including on Parliament Hill, will be protesting against climate change on Friday, May 3.

Crime and Punishment, with Steve Maher and Ausma Zehanat Khan—The Ottawa International Writers Festival presents this discussion with author and journalist Stephen Maher, a Hill reporter whose latest fiction book is Social Misconduct, a thriller about a young woman who is the target of a social-media smear campaign, and author Ausma Zehanat Khan, who wrote A Deadly Divide, a new crime thriller. Friday, May 3, Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks St. 9 p.m. Ticket prices vary from free (for members) to $40. writersfestival.org.


The Art of Diplomacy, with Bruce and Vicki Heyman—The Ottawa International Writers Festival presents this discussion with former United States ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman and his wife Vicki, authors of The Art of Diplomacy: Strengthening the Canada-U.S. Relationship in Times of Uncertainty. May 4, Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks St. 1 p.m. Ticket prices vary from free (for members) to $25. writersfestival.org.

Parliamentary Press Gallery Dinner—The 2019 Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery dinner promises to be a gathering that Liberals, Conservatives, New Democrats, and Greens can all get behind. The annual gala is always a terrific night of political wit, in the grand setting of the Canadian Museum of History. The 2019 dinner, coming just five months before the federal election, is set to be the political bash of the year. The Liberal government of Justin Trudeau will be nearing its end, or gearing for its revival. With Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh angling for the top job, this year’s dinner is a chance for good-spirited, lighthearted barbs before the gloves come off in the real campaign.

Party Under the Stars 2019—Featuring Juno award winner, Alan Frew from Glass Tiger and his band. The annual non-partisan event will be held at City Hall in Ottawa on Monday, May 6, and will gather the military, front line responders, Members of Parliament and the business community in support of PTSD wellness programs such as service dogs and Project Trauma Support program. Mercedes Stephenson will be co-emceeing alongside John Brassard. Greetings will be delivered by Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, Conservative Leader Andrew Leslie, Conservative MP Leona Allelsev and Ottawa’s Deputy Mayor Matt Luloff. VIP reception to be hosted by Michelle Rempel and her fiancé Master Sgt. Jeffrey Garner Sr. (retired), alongside James Bezan. PTSD video presentation by Kerri-Lynn Tadeu, founder of the Highway of Heroes. Net proceeds go towards post combat wellness for our troops and frontline responders. A special 10 year award will be given to the International Firefighters Association as well as Air Canada for their 10 year participation. Tickets are only $40 and include an open bar, delicious food, top quality entertainment in addition to an Air Canada trip for two that will be raffled off. Tickets can be purchased through the website @ www.tothestanandback.com Should you wish further information, please contact Cheri Elliott @ 613-240-5582


CCSPA Government Breakfast Reception—The Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association invites all MPs, Senators, and staff to their Annual Government Breakfast Reception. 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Ottawa Marriott (100 Kent Street) on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Please RSVP to Nancy Hitchins at hitchinsn@ccspa.org.

Farm to Plate Reception with Canadian Produce Marketing Association and Canadian Horticultural Council—Join industry leaders from across the fruit and vegetable supply chain as the Canadian Produce Marketing Association and Canadian Horticultural Council host their Farm to Plate reception. The event takes place on May 7, 2019, at the Métropolitain Brasserie (700 Sussex Drive), from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and is open to all Parliamentarians and their staff. To confirm your attendance, please email rsvp@hortcouncil.ca.


SOCAN Parliamentary Reception—Brett Kissel, 2019 Juno Award winner for Country Album of the Year, will perform at this year’s SOCAN “On The Hill”. Kissel’s Spotify play numbers are in the millions, and he has similar YouTube views for his hits “We Were That Song” and “Something You Just Don’t Forget.” Also performing this year will be Les soeurs Boulay. Based in Montreal, sisters Stéphanie and Mélanie Boulay originally hail from the Gaspésie. Their 2013 album Le poids des confettis rose to the top of the Canadian iTunes charts and was a long-listed nominee for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize, with their song “Mappemonde” a shortlisted nominee for the SOCAN songwriting award the same year. May 14, 2019, From 5:30 p.m. (or after the votes) to 8 p.m., Château Laurier, Drawing Room, Ottawa.

The Canadian Dental Association Parliamentary Reception—On May 14, The Canadian Dental Association will host its annual parliamentary reception. Join us for an evening of networking with fellow Parliamentarians and meet with dentists from across Canada as part of their annual days to meet and discuss issues relating to oral health. Begins at 5:30 p.m., until 8 p.m. in Room 325, Wellington Building. Please RSVP with Jessica Daoud via email at jdaoud@cda-adc.ca.


Politics & The Pen—Dubbed “Ottawa’s most anticipated,” the Politics and the Pen annual event celebrates the best in Canadian non-fiction political books of the year. The unique fundraiser brings together national politicians, talented writers, prominent diplomats, and notable arts and business leaders all in support of the Writers’ Trust mandate to advance, nurture, and celebrate Canadian writers and writing. The winning author receives the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, named in honour of the spirited and inspiring parliamentarian and generously supported by CN. The evening starts with a cocktail reception, followed by a dinner on May 15, Fairmont Château Laurier Hotel, Ottawa. For information and sponsorship, contact Kayla Calder at kcalder@writerstrust.com


Mission Innovation Ministerial—Canada will host the fourth annual Mission Innovation Ministerial, alongside the 10th annual Clean Energy Ministerial in Vancouver, May 27-29. The event will bring together global clean energy leaders to discuss cutting-edge transformations and reinforce international collaboration in the transition to a low-carbon future. Energy ministers from more than 25 countries are expected. cem-mi-vancouver2019.ca.


Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund 30th Anniversary—This one-day event is a chance to convene, connect, and collaborate on top issues facing the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund over the past 30 years. Coastal partners, government representatives, and marine law experts will discuss the polluter-pay principle, access to justice for victims of oil pollution, and the legal framework of the fund. Delta Hotel, 101 Lyon St. N., Ottawa. May 28, 2019. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (complimentary lunch and evening reception). Join the SOPF distribution list and stay up to date with details. Email info@sopf-cidphn.gc.ca or sign up at http://sopf.gc.ca/?page_id=3256.


Open Government Partnership Global Summit—Canada will host the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Ottawa from May 29 to 31, 2019. Academics, civil society, governments, and citizens from Canada and around the world will have the opportunity to shape the global open government movement. From keynotes to debates and co-creation opportunities, the summit will explore the future of open government and help drive action.

2019 Ottawa Riverkeeper Gala—The Ottawa Riverkeeper hosts this annual fundraising event. Stay tuned for details.


Autism Speaks Canada Walk Ottawa 2019—The Walkathon will take place on Sunday, June 2, 2019, at the Bell Sensplex 1565 Maple Grove Rd, Kanata, Ont.


Canada to Host Women Deliver Conference—From June 3 to 6, 2019, world leaders, activists, government officials, Parliamentarians, non-governmental organization representatives, and businesspeople will meet in Vancouver and work together to end gender inequality. It’s being touted as the world’s largest conference on gender equality and will bring together more than 6,000 people from more than 150 countries. The four-day event will feature presentations, workshops, a film festival, and a youth zone that present new knowledge and promote solutions to achieve a more equal world. For more information, visit idrc.ca.

The 528 men who helped rebuild Centre Block pose for massive group photo, thought be taken July, 1917. The photograph has been hanging in the basement of Irene’s Pub in Ottawa for years and the original was later gifted by former Irene’s landlord Ron Bujold to parliamentary history buff Debbie Murphy. Harold A. Briggs photograph courtesy of Ron Bujold & Debbie Murphy


Japan Hosts G20 Summit—On June 28 and 29, the leaders of the G20 will gather in Osaka as Japan hosts its first-ever G20 summit. Along with the leaders’ summit, the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors’ meeting, the foreign ministers’ meeting, and other ministerial meetings will also be held at eight different locations throughout Japan this year. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to attend the leaders’ summit.


Federal Election—The federal election is scheduled to take place on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019.

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