Parliamentary Calendar



Voters to elect four new MPs in byelections on Dec. 11



Kerry-Lynne Findlay, left. Liberal candidate Gordon (Gordie) Hogg. The Hill Times file photograph and Liberal Party of Canada photo

Voters in ridings in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Newfoundland and Labrador are heading to the polls this week to choose new federal representatives.

Byelections are scheduled for Dec. 11 in Liberal strongholds Scarborough-Agincourt in Toronto's east end and Bonavista-Burin-Trinity in central Newfoundland, as well as Tory fortress Battlefords-Lloydminster in west-central Saskatchewan, and swing riding South Surrey-White Rock in B.C.'s Lower Mainland.

The byelection in Scarborough-Agincourt was prompted by the passing of late Liberal MP Arnold Chan. Jean Yip is running to succeed her late husband as the Liberal nominee. The votes in Newfoundland and Saskatchewan were prompted by the resignation of veteran MPs Judy Foote and Gerry Ritz, respectively.

Ms. Foote, a Liberal, resigned as procurement and public services minister this past summer and as an MP a short time later, citing family and health reasons. Mr. Ritz, a Conservative, resigned to leave politics and spend more time with his family.

Finally, the expectedly competitive race in South Surrey-White Rock was prompted by the resignation of Conservative MP Dianne Watts, who stepped aside to seek the leadership of the B.C. Liberals, the major centre-right party on the provincial level.

Monday also marks the start of the final sitting week of the House in 2017. The House is scheduled to adjourn for the traditional holiday break on Dec. 15, or possibly earlier.

Here are more upcoming political happenings:


MONDAY, DEC. 11

The House is Sitting—The House of Commons is sitting this week and will sit every weekday until adjourning for the traditional holiday break on Dec. 15, or possibly earlier.

Film Screening: World Premiere of The Law of Survival—This film is the story of Polina Gelman, the only Jewish woman awarded the Gold Star Hero of the Soviet Union. From 1942-45, Gelman's flight log with the Red Army recorded 869 combat flights and 1,300 hours in the air. The 40-minute documentary is premiering at Congregation Machzikei Hadas, 2310 Virginia Dr., Ottawa. It will be followed by wine and cheese. 7:15 p.m. $10 per person. Register online or by contacting office@cmhottawa.com.

Federal Byelections—Voters in the ridings of Bonavista-Burin-Trinity, N.L., Scarborough-Agincourt, Ont., Battlefords-Lloydminister, Sask., and South Surrey-White Rock, B.C., are heading to the polls to elect new MPs.


TUESDAY, DEC. 12

The Great Canadian Debates: Should Canadians Be Worried about Getting Too Cozy with China?—The Macdonald-Laurier Institute presents its latest debate probing whether Canadians should be concerned about fostering closer ties with China. On the Yea side, The Globe and Mail editorial pages editor Tony Keller, while Earnscliffe Strategy Group principal Robin Sears represents the Nay side. Former House Speaker Peter Milliken is the moderator. Barney Danson Theatre, Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Pl., Ottawa. 7 p.m. Buy tickets ($0-$20) via eventbrite.ca/e/great-canadian-debates-canadians-should-be-worried-about-getting-too-cozy-with-china-tickets-39880434453.

Laurier Club Holiday Reception with Justin Trudeau—The Liberal Party of Canada presents a reception with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. For current Laurier Club donors only. Great Hall, National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Dr., Ottawa. 6-9 p.m. Pre-registration is required and will close on Dec. 10. The party will facilitate media access and post online after the event attendees' names.


WEDNESDAY, DEC. 13

What the Hell is Happening? Inside U.S. Politics—Canada 2020 will host John Heilemann, best-selling author, award-winning producer, and frequent political commentator for a free, public event. 4:30-6 p.m. The Westin Ottawa, 11 Colonel By Dr. Register via Eventbrite.

Christmas Reception for the Parliamentary Press Gallery at Stornoway—Leader of the official opposition Andrew Scheer is hosting a Christmas reception for members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery at Stornoway. In keeping with last year’s tradition, the Opposition Leader’s Office is participating in the Shoebox Project, and requests that attendees bring one or two of the following items: mitts, scarf, or a toque (for women), specialty teas, nut-free chocolate and candy (not alcohol-filled), body or hand lotion, soaps, toothbrush, brush or comb, nail polish, mascara, eye shadow, lipstick, purse-sized Kleenex, small cosmetic bag, bus tickets, or gift cards. 6:30-8:30 p.m. PPG members may RSVP by Dec. 8 to cpcleaderrsvp@parl.gc.ca.


THURSDAY, DEC. 14

Stephen Poloz at the Canadian Club Toronto—Stephen Poloz, governor of the Bank of Canada, gives his last public address of the year, discussing some of the issues that keep him awake at night. Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front St. West, Toronto. Speech starts at 12:40 p.m. For more, visit www.canadianclub.org.


FRIDAY, DEC. 15

Press Conference for Retiring Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin—Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Beverley McLachlin will be holding a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa to mark her retirement. 10 a.m. The press conference is only open to journalists with accreditation from the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery.


TUESDAY, DEC. 19

The Future of Retail—Join the Canadian Club of Ottawa and prominent members of the local retail community for lunch and a panel discussion on the future of retail in the digital age. Moderated by Catherine Clark. Panelists: Jeff York, CEO of Farmboy, David Segal, co-founder of Mad Radish, Lisa Delorme, co-founder and CEO of RentfrockRepeat.com. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m at the Chateau Laurier. For more, visit www.canadianclubottawa.ca


FRIDAY, JAN. 19, 2018

Seminar: Social Media and Parliament—The Canadian Study of Parliament offers this seminar. It will bring together technical, parliamentary, and academic experts to explore the ubiquitous presence of social media in the parliamentary milieu and how the presence of various social media platforms has changed the way Parliamentarians interact and perform their respective function. Includes breakfast and buffet lunch. $150 members; $200 non-members; $25 students/retirees. For more information, visit cspg-gcep.ca, or contact the CSPG Secretariat at 613-995-2937 or info@cspg-gcep.ca.


TUESDAY, JAN. 23, 2018

NAFTA Negotiations—The sixth round of negotiations is set to be held from Jan. 23 to 28, in Montreal, Que.


THURSDAY, JAN. 25, 2018

Community Liaison Officers' Group Ottawa—The CLO Group is hosting a 2017/2018 series of information sessions for foreign diplomatic missions' personnel responsible for welcoming new embassy staff members and their families. The group involves networking and sharing information essential for a smooth transition and settlement of new families to Ottawa/the National Capital Region. Monthly meetings feature guest speakers. January's topic is taxes and banking. 2:30 p.m. To join the group or participate in the meeting, please contact andjelka.vidovic@embassyservices.org.


SATURDAY, JAN. 27, 2018

Saskatchewan Party Elects New Leader—The next premier of Saskatchewan, taking over from Brad Wall who announced his resignation in the summer, will be elected today by party membership at a convention in Saskatoon. saskparty.com.


SATURDAY, FEB. 3, 2018

British Columbia Liberal Party Elects New Leader—Voting will take place online, with a telephone option, on Thursday, Feb. 1, Friday, Feb. 2, and Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. The party will hold a leadership convention for the announcement of the new leader on Feb. 3.  For more info: bcliberals.com/leadership.


THURSDAY, FEB. 8, 2018

Manning Centre Networking Conference—This annual conference for conservatives and libertarians will take place in Ottawa, Feb. 8-11. Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr. manningcentre.ca/manning-networking-conference.


TUESDAY, FEB. 13, 2018

Macdonald-Laurier Institute Canada-U.S. Dinner—The MacDonald-Laurier Institute is hosting is annual dinner, 5:30 p.m. at the Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Pl. Buy tickets via macdonaldlaurier.ca.


FRIDAY, FEB. 16, 2018

NDP Federal Convention—The party is set to hold this policy convention Feb. 16-18, 2018 at the Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr., in Ottawa. To become a delegate or for more information, visit ottawa2018.ndp.ca.


THURSDAY, FEB. 22, 2018

Conference on Security and Defence—The Conference of Defence Associations Institute presents this annual conference Feb. 22-23. Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Ottawa. cdainstitute.ca/events/2017-annual-ottawa-conference.

Community Liaison Officers' Group Ottawa—The CLO Group is hosting a 2017/2018 series of information sessions for foreign diplomatic missions' personnel responsible for welcoming new embassy staff members and their families. The group involves networking and sharing information essential for a smooth transition and settlement of new families to Ottawa/the National Capital Region. Monthly meetings feature guest speakers. February's topic is housing. 2:30 p.m. To join the group or participate in the meeting, please contact andjelka.vidovic@embassyservices.org.


FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2018

Seminar: Members and their Constituency—The Canadian Study of Parliament offers this seminar. It will bring together Parliamentarians, academics, parliamentary staff, and journalists who will look into the nature of constituency representation and engagement, while also exploring competing ideas about what the “constituency” is and how it may differ for some Members. Includes breakfast and buffet lunch. $150 members; $200 non-members; $25 students/retirees. For more information, visit cspg-gcep.ca, or contact the CSPG Secretariat at 613-995-2937 or info@cspg-gcep.ca.


THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018

Community Liaison Officers' Group Ottawa—The CLO Group is hosting a 2017/2018 series of information sessions for foreign diplomatic missions' personnel responsible for welcoming new embassy staff members and their families. The group involves networking and sharing information essential for a smooth transition and settlement of new families to Ottawa/the National Capital Region. Monthly meetings feature guest speakers. March's topic is the job search. 2:30 p.m. To join the group or participate in the meeting, please contact andjelka.vidovic@embassyservices.org.


THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018

Liberal Party National Convention—The Liberals will hold a national convention April 19-21, 2018 in Halifax, N.S.

[caption id="attachment_94054" align="aligncenter" width="711"] Liberal Party President Anna Gainey, left, Leader Justin Trudeau, centre, and president of the Young Liberals Mira Ahmad, right, at the party's Winnipeg convention in May 2016. The Liberal Party will host its next convention in April 2018 in Halifax. PMO's Adam Scotti photograph[/caption]


THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018

Community Liaison Officers' Group Ottawa—The CLO Group is hosting a 2017/2018 series of information sessions for foreign diplomatic missions' personnel responsible for welcoming new embassy staff members and their families. The group involves networking and sharing information essential for a smooth transition and settlement of new families to Ottawa/the National Capital Region. Monthly meetings feature guest speakers. April's topic is OC Transpo. 2:30 p.m. To join the group or participate in the meeting, please contact andjelka.vidovic@embassyservices.org.


THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018

Community Liaison Officers' Group Ottawa—The CLO Group is hosting a 2017/2018 series of information sessions for foreign diplomatic missions' personnel responsible for welcoming new embassy staff members and their families. The group involves networking and sharing information essential for a smooth transition and settlement of new families to Ottawa/the National Capital Region. Monthly meetings feature guest speakers. May's topic is OC Transpo. 2:30 p.m. To join the group or participate in the meeting, please contact andjelka.vidovic@embassyservices.org.


THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2018

Community Liaison Officers' Group Ottawa—The CLO Group is hosting a 2017/2018 series of information sessions for foreign diplomatic missions' personnel responsible for welcoming new embassy staff members and their families. The group involves networking and sharing information essential for a smooth transition and settlement of new families to Ottawa/the National Capital Region. This month the meeting will be a social event. 3:30 p.m. To join the group or participate in the meeting, please contact andjelka.vidovic@embassyservices.org.


FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018

G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Que.—The 2018 G7 Summit will be held at the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie, Que., located in the province's scenic Charlevoix region. The summit will take place from June 8-9. Canada holds the presidency of the G7 in 2018. It rotates annually.


MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018

Conference of Montreal—The International Economic Forum of the Americas hosts this annual event featuring speakers typically including heads of state, central bank governors, ministers, and global economic decision-makers. June 11-14, 2018.


THURSDAY, AUG. 23, 2018

Conservative Party National Convention—To be held in Halifax, N.S., until Aug. 25, 2018.


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