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Parliamentary Calendar

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

Big Thinking on the Hill with Matthew Hayday

The next Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences’ Big Thinking on the Hill lecture features Matthew Hayday speaking on “‘Canadian-ness,’ citizen engagement, and Canada 150: Using history to inform policy.” Hayday is an associate professor of history at the University of Guelph and will be joined for a Q&A moderated by Guy Laforest, president-elect of the federation. He will discuss how national celebrations and commemorations, both official and citizen-led processes, have shaped our country’s sense of itself and offer suggestions to policy-makers of lessons that can be learned from these past efforts about what works, what does not, and how to foster citizen engagement in theses events. A hot breakfast will be served. Tuesday, Feb. 21. 7:30-8:45 a.m. Parliamentary Restaurant, Centre Block. Free for Parliamentarians and the media, $25 for all others. For more information and to RSVP, go to ideas-idees.ca/big-thinking or call 613-238-6112 ext. 310.

Enbridge Famous 5 Ottawa Speaker Series

Award-winning historian and biographer Charlotte Gray will discuss her latest book, The Promise of Canada: 150 Years — People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country, at the Rideau Club, 99 Bank St., 15th floor, on Feb. 21, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 p.m. Ms. Gray will share her observations on the gradual evolution of Canadian identity. Books will be available for sale and Ms. Gray would be pleased to sign them. Individual ticket: $20 (plus HST). To purchase a ticket, please visit: famous5ottawa.ca.

New Strategies for a New North America

The Canadian Council for the Americas presents a morning conference featuring former prime minister Brian Mulroney and other business leaders including former Business Council of Canada VP Eric Miller, and COO of the International Republican Institute Dan Fisk. 7:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Feb. 21. Location to be determined, downtown Toronto. Members: $225, non-members: $295. Breakfast will be served. ccacanada.com.

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017

Bloc Québécois Caucus Meeting

The Bloc Québécois caucus will meet from 9:30 a.m. in the Francophonie room (263-S) in Centre Bock, on Wednesday. For more information, call press attaché Julie Groleau, 514-792-2529.

Conservative Caucus Meeting

The Conservatives will meet for their national caucus meeting. For more information, contact Cory Hann, director of communications, Conservative Party of Canada at coryhann@conservative.ca.

Diplomatic Hospitality Group: Canadian Heritage

The Canadian Federation of University of Women’s Diplomatic Hospitality Group in Ottawa invites diplomats, their spouses/partners, and their families to this event. Wed., Feb. 22. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Museum of History + IMAX, 100 rue Laurier, Gatineau, Que. A nominal fee will be charged to help cover costs.

Liberal Caucus Meeting

The Liberals will meet in Room 237-C Centre Block on Parliament Hill. For more information, please call Liberal Party media relations at media@liberal.ca or 613-627-2384.

NDP Caucus Meeting

The NDP caucus will meet from 9:15 a.m.-11 a.m. in Room 112-N Centre Block, on Wednesday. Please call the NDP Media Centre at 613-222-2351 or ndpcom@parl.gc.ca.

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

2017 Manning Centre Conference

Feb. 23-25. In addition to the usual line-up at this annual gathering of conservatives in Canada (panel discussions, networking opportunities, and training sessions) this year the conference will host a debate featuring those who are running for leader of the Conservative Party of Canada (with a unique debate format). Debate: 3-5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, $20 (online or at the door; included in conference admission). Shaw Centre, Ottawa. To register for the conference, please visit manningcentre.ca/conference.

Manning Conference

The 2017 Manning Centre Conference will take place from February 23-25 in Ottawa.

Friday, Feb. 24, 2017

Ontario’s Energy Future

The Economic Club of Canada presents Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault. 7:45-9 a.m. Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau St., Ottawa. Breakfast will be served. $110 +HST for individual seat (members $89 +HST). Tickets and info: economicclub.ca.

Parliamentary Press Gallery AGM

The Parliamentary Press Gallery AGM will be held on Feb. 24 at the National Press Theatre, 150 Wellington St., Ottawa, at 12:30 p.m. Gallery members will discuss the president’s report; treasurer’s report; results of officers elected; nomination of directors and voting; life and honorary memberships; new business; and results of directors elected.

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017

Fourth Conservative Leadership Debate

The fourth party-sanctioned debate will be held on Feb. 28 at Maclab Theatre in Edmonton, and will be the second bilingual debate. Tickets on sale from Jan. 24. Debates will be streamed live online for all party members and all Canadians to see. All debates are open to Conservative Party members to attend. The Conservative Party leadership election will be on May 27, 2017.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Bank of Canada Release

The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement. 10 a.m.

Senate Social: Where Politics and Media Meet and Tweet

The Senate of Canada in partnership with Twitter Canada presents a Senate Social. Parliamentary Press Gallery members are invited on March 1 to the Sir John A. Macdonald Building, 144 Wellington St. for this “meet and tweet.” Doors open at 5:15 p.m.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Visions for Canada, 2042: Imagining the Canada of the Future

This conference will discuss research and ideas that help imagine Canada’s future in 2042. March 2-4, 2017, Carleton University, Ottawa. More information: carleton.ca/fpa/visions.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Canadian Home Builders’ Association

Join the Canadian Home Builders’ Association and leading home builders, renovators, and developers from communities across Canada at a reception and culinary tour of Canada to mark the CHBA’s Forum For Growth 2017. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Drawing Room, Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau St., Ottawa, Ont. RSVP: Samuel Lafontaine (Earnscliffe Strategy Group), forum@chba.ca, 613-563-4455.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Constitution 150 Charter Conference

This conference is subtitled: The Charter and Emerging Issues in Constitutional Rights and Freedoms: from 1982 to 2032. Speakers line-up includes Supreme Court of Canada Justice Richard Wagner. Sponsored by the University of Ottawa’s Public Law Group as part of Constitution 150. Until March 10. For more info and to register visit Constitution150.ca.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Engineers Canada 2017 Hill Day

Engineers Canada is hosting a reception to celebrate the work of professionally licensed engineers, students, and volunteers from across Canada. March 9. 238S Centre Block, Parliament Hill. 3:15-5 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by Feb. 10 to emily.rowan@engineerscanada.ca. 613-232-2474 ext. 215.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Transparency for the 21st Century

More than 200 Canadian and international experts and advocates in access to information, open government, and government transparency will meet in Ottawa March 21-23 at the Library and Archives Canada for a two-day conference. With participation from the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada, the Department of Justice, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, and Library of Archives Canada in collaboration with the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Library of Parliament, and with a Canadian leading expert in open government. The conference themes will look at key issues and how they affect a wide range of Canadians including aboriginal peoples, journalists, historians, librarians, youth, and national security experts. The conference website will be launched soon.

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Relationship Between Parliament and the Agents of Parliament

Agents of Parliament are meant to be independent from the government, but it is the government that gives and sometimes diminishes their power, their independence, and their funding. Some say that we have too many agents of Parliament, and others say that we need more. This seminar will bring together current and former agents of Parliament, Parliamentarians, and academics who will share their views on that mysterious relationship between Parliament and agents of Parliament. This half-day seminar is presented by the Canadian Study of Parliament Group. Breakfast and buffet lunch included. $150 for members, $25 students/retirees, $200 non-members. For more information, visit cspg-gcep.ca, or contact the CSPG Secretariat at 613-995-2937 or info@cspg-gcep.ca.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

2017 CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference

The annual Canadian Federation of Humane Societies National Animal Welfare Conference features speakers and dozens of different animal welfare topics, helping to further professionalize the sector, build knowledge and set the agenda for Canada’s humane movement for the year to come. April 8-11, 2017. The Westin Ottawa, 11 Colonel By Dr. conference.cfhs.ca.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Michael Healey’s 1979

Canada’s Shaw Festival is set to co-produce a new production of 1979 by Michael Healey with Ottawa’s Great Canadian Theatre Company. The play takes us back to the eve of prime minister Joe Clark’s minority government’s defeat in a non-confidence motion. It’s a fast-paced satire incorporating political heavyweights and influencers of the era. The production will rehearse at Shaw Festival, premiere in Ottawa at GCTC and tour back to Shaw as part of its 2017 season. The Ottawa component will run from April 11 to 30, 2017. Tickets for Ottawa’s production on sale: 613-236-5196 or gctc.ca.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Bank of Canada Release

The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement as well as publish its quarterly Monetary Policy Report. 10 a.m.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Bank of Canada Release

The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement. 10 a.m.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Conservative Party Leadership Convention

The Conservatives will elect their next leader on May 27, 2017. The party is urging Conservative Party members to buy memberships or renew them in order to vote. For more information, contact Cory Hann, director of communications, Conservative Party of Canada, at 613-697-5614.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


This is an annual showcase of technology, products, and services for land-based, naval, aerospace, and joint forces military units. Organizers say this two-day event is the largest and most important defence industry event in Canada. Until June 1. EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Dr., Ottawa, Ont. defenceandsecurity.ca/CANSEC2016/cansec/Overview.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Bank of Canada Release

The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement as well as publish its quarterly Monetary Policy Report. 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017

Bank of Canada Release

The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement. 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

Bank of Canada Release

The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement as well as publish its quarterly Monetary Policy Report. 10 a.m.

Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017

The NDP Leadership

The race officially begins on July 2, 2016, and a new leader will be selected no later than Oct. 29, 2017.

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017

Bank of Canada Release

The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement. 10 a.m.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Liberal Party National Convention

The Liberals will hold a national convention April 19-21, 2018 in Halifax, N.S.

Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

Conservative Party National Convention

To be held in Halifax, N.S. Until Aug. 25, 2018. The Parliamentary Calendar is a free listing. Send in your political, cultural, diplomatic, or governmental event in a paragraph with all the relevant details under the subject line ‘Parliamentary Calendar’ to news@hilltimes.com by Wednesday at noon before the Monday paper or by Friday at noon for the Wednesday paper. We can’t guarantee inclusion of every event, but we will definitely do our best.