Good Thursday morning,
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to attend the annual Crown-Métis Nation Summit in Ottawa, where he’ll deliver remarks. He’ll be joined by Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay, Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan, and Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor. The event’s at around 8:45 a.m., room 415, Wellington Building.
Here’s a rundown of what is happening today:
- Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair are holding meetings in Vancouver to discuss the government’s plan to fight money laundering and terrorist financing.
- The Parliamentary Budget Officer is releasing a report, titled “Closing the Gap: Carbon pricing for the Paris target,” at 10 a.m.
- Independent Senator Réne Cormier and Conservative Senator Rose-May Poirier are holding a press conference on the release of the Senate Official Languages Committee’s final report on modernizing the Official Languages Act. That’s at 11:30 a.m., Senate of Canada Building, room B45.
- Trade Minister Jim Carr is expected to attend an event with South Korean ambassador to Canada, Maeng-ho Shin, that’s hosted in part by the Canada-Korea Interparliamentary Friendship Group.
Committee meetings of note:
- Sylvain Ricard, the interim auditor general, is slated to appear before the House Public Accounts Committee at 8:45 a.m., room 025-B, West Block.
- The House Finance Committee is holding a clause-by-clause vote on C-101, legislation that would amend the Customs Tariff and Canadian International Trade Tribunal Act, to give Canada the flexibility to introduce safeguards in the face of a glut in steel imports. That’s at 3:30 p.m., room 035-B, West Block.
- The Senate Internal Economy Committee is meeting at 8 a.m. to hear from a handful of witnesses, including the Senate’s comptroller and Conservative Senator Don Plett. It meets in room C128, Senate of Canada Building.
What the newsroom is reading:
- Advisory council calls for $15B universal, single-payer pharmacare plan: Implementing it would save $5-billion a year, according to its final report. (via CBC News)
- Federal government asks Supreme Court for urgent stay of solitary confinement ruling: Its move comes just a week before the practice is set to become illegal. (via the Canadian Press)
- Alberta Premier Jason Kenney seeks alliance with Quebec’s Francois Legault: What stands in the way of a potential alliance is pipeline development. (via Global News)
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