Following Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s government’s unveiling of a carbon tax, she and Canada’s first ministers will meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today in Ottawa to discuss climate change ahead of the UN negotiations in Paris. It’s the first such meeting in seven years, after former prime minister Stephen Harper stopped holding them, preferring to meet premiers one-on-one instead. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has already stated Canada will not show up to Paris with new goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “Setting targets is important—but on its own, the assigning of specific targets tied to far-off dates hasn't gotten us very far internationally. That said, in the context of Canada's contribution, the targets we do set—and the actions we take to achieve those targets—are critical,” Ms. McKenna said in a speech at a Canada 2020 conference last week. “We have already made clear that Canada's existing commitments, made by the previous government, represent only a starting point—a floor for our post-2020 ambition, not a ceiling. At the Paris summit and afterward, I will be consulting with my provincial and territorial counterparts. … In the weeks ahead I will also sit down with business leaders, scientists, mayors and other stakeholders and experts. Ultimately our government will articulate a clear and practical plan to meet the targets we set. This will demand a whole of government approach that considers our climate commitment in everything we do. And it will require us to put in place measures to support our plan.” In Alberta, Ms. Notley announced that her provinces climate change plan includes a carbon tax, the phasing out of coal plants by 2030 and a cap on the amount of greenhouse gas emissions the oil sands can produce. There are no goal dates to achieve a certain amount of reductions, but the plan suggests the province will be able to reduce emissions by 20 megatonnes in 2020 and 50 megatonnes by 2030, compared to if the province does nothing. The meeting takes place at the Canadian Museum of Nature in downtown Ottawa. Ministers and premiers will arrive at 3:15 p.m. and Mr. Trudeau will arrive at 3:40 p.m. for a photo opportunity. The meeting will begin with a briefing by climate scientists, including a Google Hangout discussion with secondary school students. The event will be livestreamed and available on Mr. Trudeau’s YouTube channel following the event. The climate scientists’ briefing will also be available on the Environment Canada website. At 5:15 p.m., there will be a media availability with the climate scientists. At 8:57 p.m., there will be a group photo opportunity with Mr. Trudeau and the premiers, followed by a press conference at 9 p.m. Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski said last week there will also be a brief Council of the Federation meeting. Because current chair Newfoundland Premier Paul Davis is in an election campaign, Mr. Pasloksi will lead the premier’s meeting as incoming chair. “We will discuss several issues of interest including our participation at the COP 21 meeting in Paris on climate change,” he said. At 1 p.m. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair will hold a press conference in the Charles Lynch Press Theatre in 130-S Centre Block to discuss his party’s expectations from the first ministers meeting. New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant will also hold a press conference in advance of the meeting. He will be available at 12:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Chateau Laurier hotel. In case you missed it Finance Minister Bill Morneau released the Update of Economic and Fiscal Projections, reviewing the federal government’s economic and fiscal outlook, which has deteriorated since Budget 2015. Mr. Morneau highlighted that private sector economists now expect real gross domestic product (GDP) growth to average 1.9 per cent per year over the 2015 to 2019 period, 0.2 percentage points lower than their expectations at the time of the last budget. In spite of this weaker economic and fiscal outlook, Mr. Morneau reiterated his commitment to a balanced budget in 2019–20, and to maintaining a declining debt-to-GDP ratio throughout his mandate. Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose announced the Opposition Shadow Cabinet and critics on Friday. “I believe the team we have assembled will be the strongest Official Opposition this country has ever seen,” Ms. Ambrose said. “Together, we will ask the government tough questions and hold them to account.” A complete list of the shadow cabinet is available online. On the agenda (all times local) The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) is in Montreal for its Fall Conference and Trade Show: Integrated Mobility – Way of the Customer running until Nov. 25 at the Westin Hotel. Quebec Transportation Minister Robert Poëti is the keynote speaker, who will address delegates at 7:45 a.m. Other speakers include Phillippe Bellon (Metrolinx), Matthew Monteyne (Rideco), Marc-Antoine Ducas (NetLift); Jean-Nicolas Guillemêtte (Uber); Jake Sion (The Transit App); and CUTA president and CEO Patrick Leclerc. Infrastructure and Communities Minister Amarjeet Sohi will speak at the conference on Nov. 25 at 8 a.m. In Toronto, the Canadian Club of Toronto presents former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty as he discusses his new book, Making a Difference. This event will take place at the Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. West at 5:30 p.m. In New York City, Conservative Senator Yonah Martin and former Conservative MP Joy Smith will join the co-founding chairs of the International Parliamentary Coalition for Victims of Sexual Slavery for a press conference. The IPCVSS promotes cooperation among international legislators in raising awareness about modern day slavery and human rights violations committed for the purpose of forcing persons in conflict zones and in affected regions of natural disasters into sexual slavery. Other participants include New Zealand MP Melissa Lee, Korean MNA Jasmine Lee, UK MP Fiona Bruce, and U.S. Congressman Michael M. Honda. This event will take place in the Press Briefing Room (S-237), United Nations Headquarters. Equal Voice national capital chapter will host a post-election and holiday party for members. The event takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the Rideau Club in Ottawa.