Industry Minister FRANÇOIS-PHILIPPE CHAMPAGNE continues his North American tour today, moving on to Monterrey, Mexico, where he will meet with Mexico’s Secretary of Economy TATIANA CLOUTHIER and local Governor SAMUEL GARCIA. What about, you ask? His office doesn’t want to say. People who know the file tell Politics This Morning that part of the discussion could include feeling out whether Canada and Mexico can work together to lobby against U.S. President JOE BIDEN’s Buy America rules for electrical vehicles, which could hurt Canadian manufacturing. Natural Resources Minister JONATHAN WILKINSON will be attending more events at the Glasgow climate summit today, and will hold a conference call with Canadian reporters at 1:00 p.m. Ottawa time. Finally, new Rural Economic Development Minister GUDIE HUTCHINGS will be touring Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador over the next few days, meeting with community and business leaders to find out what the government can do for them. McKay lobbying cabinet to adopt anti-slavery bill Liberal MP JOHN MCKAY is at it again, pressing the government to adopt legislation to force big businesses to root slavery out of their supply chains. Mr. McKay, who has held a seat in Scarborough since 1997, wants legislation to require big businesses operating in Canada to verify that forced labour is not used anywhere in their supply chains. The rationale, he said, is as follows: Big Company X will have to promise in a formal, public report every year that they have checked their suppliers, and everything is A-OK. If an enterprising journalist or NGO digs up information to suggest otherwise, the federal government will come under pressure to investigate whether the company fudged its report, which is bad news for the company’s shareholders (and presumably, executives). Liberal MP John McKay is lobbying cabinet to prioritize legislation to crack down on Canadian companies that sell goods made by slave labourers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade Independent Senator JULIE MIVILLE-DECHÊNE is trying to force the issue as well. She tabled a bill to impose those very requirements in the last Parliament, but it did not pass. Every Parliamentarian has causes they wish to champion, of course, and private member’s bills usually have a snowball’s chance of passing into law. In this case, however, anti-supply chain slavery legislation—or something like it—actually made it into the Liberal (and Conservative) campaign platform. Platforms are dense, and time for legislating is limited, however. Enter the lobbying campaign. Mr. McKay and Sen. Miville-Dechêne are raising the issue with journalists, colleagues, and the cabinet. Mr. McKay told Politics This Morning that he is planning to meet with Labour Minister SEAMUS O’REGAN over a cup of tea, to gauge whether he is willing to expend political capital on the issue at the cabinet table. Public Safety Minister MARCO MENDICINO will be next on the list. The PMO, not so much: they don’t listen to backbenchers very often, he said. If the Conservatives pick up on the issue, however, it could force the government to pay attention: “The Liberals don’t like to be shown up by Conservatives on this issue,” said Mr. McKay. Guilbeault looms large over O’Toole’s critic choices Conservative Leader ERIN O’TOOLE has not yet chosen his team of critics for the new Parliament. The delay may or may not have to do with discontent with his leadership in some corners of the Conservative caucus, and a yet-to-be released party review of why the Tories didn’t do better in the last election. The Hill Times’ ABBAS RANA and Global News’ ALEX BOUTILIER dug into the Tory caucus dynamics yesterday. Their stories can be found here and here. Choosing the new critics (resisting the use of the term “shadow cabinet” is one of many small hills on which Politics This Morning is willing to die) will be an exercise in party management and branding more than anything, according to Hill Times columnist TIM POWERS, who spoke to Politics This Morning earlier this week. Keep an eye on who Mr. O’Toole chooses to serve as his environment critic. That person will be responsible for walking a razor's edge: butting heads with an activist environment minister in STEVEN GUILBEAULT, without alienating accessible voters who care about climate change. B.C. MP Dan Albas, pictured on the left with MP Gérard Deltell, has been acting as the Conservative environment critic since the last Parliament. The Hill Times file photograph “Is there somebody, a needler maybe, who gets under Guilbeault’s skin?” wondered Mr. Powers. PIERRE POILIEVRE has proven more than adept at that role—one would not be shocked if BILL MORNEAU has his face on an elegantly carved dartboard somewhere—but the Carleton, Ont., MP is better-received inside the Conservative movement than outside of it, where those extra votes may be found, said Mr. Powers. B.C. MP DAN ALBAS is currently filling the role of environment critic, and has decamped to Glasgow to monitor the goings-on and draw attention to Liberal missteps. In Case You Missed It The Liberal government promised (again) to end fossil fuel subsidies, and this time they really mean it ... we think. The feds announced yesterday that they would be ending “new, direct” subsidies for “unabated” fossil fuel companies (the ones that don’t use carbon-capture technology)—"except in limited and clearly defined circumstances that are consistent with the 1.5 degree Celsius warming limit and the goals of the Paris Agreement.” What might those circumstances be? Let the lobbying begin. In other news, the federal NDP has come out against the House of Commons dress code, which bars men from speaking in the Chamber if they are not wearing a tie and jacket. There are no such rules for women, primarily because the dress code was written at a time when there weren’t any women in Parliament. Politics This Morning thinks the NDP should go one step further, and demand an end to the jacket and tie requirement for journalists in the gallery above the Chamber as well. Sadly, yesterday also brought news that B.C. Premier JOHN HORGAN has throat cancer. He will start treatment in the next couple of weeks, the Vancouver Sun reported. Happening today Brig.-Gen. KRISTA BRODIE, the Public Health Agency of Canada’s vice-president of logistics and operations leading the COVID-19 vaccination distribution program, is the guest of honour at a virtual “Pink Tea” event hosted by the Famous 5 Foundation, a non-profit devoted to empowering women and girls. The event will begin at 2:00 p.m. Ottawa time. Tickets are just $9.44 each, and can be purchased here. The Public Health Agency of Canada will hold a teleconference to brief the media on its latest COVID-19 data at 9:00 a.m. Ottawa time. In The Hill Times Hill Times deputy editor LAURA RYCKEWAERT has the latest on personnel changes in the ministerial offices, including a new chief of staff for the natural resources minister. Check it out here. The Hill Times’ Mr. Rana has the lowdown on a group of Conservative MPs starting a group to fight for people who have lost their jobs for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Wire Report has a quick breakdown of the CRTC’s decision to fine a Quebec company $200,000 for breaking rules around unsolicited telemarketing calls. Send your news and MP fashion tips to email@example.com.