With the House of Commons offline until next week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kicks off the week-long Victoria Day recess with a virtual appearance at the closing session of the first-ever Conference for the Rights and Inclusion of LGBTI+ Youth, a joint initiative of the Canadian, French, Austrian and Dutch delegations to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). (10:30 AM)
As per the official programme, the one-day summit — which will include an in-person session at a Paris studio — aims to serve as an “international platform” for “young LGBTI+ leaders,” as well as representatives from governments and international organizations, to “create strategies to reinforce young LGBTI+ rights.”
Also on the speakers’ list: Toronto Mayor John Tory, who will take part in an earlier roundtable chat on “creating safe cities for LGBTI+ youth.”
Later this morning, Trudeau will fire up his webcam once again as he joins Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan and Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough for a video press conference to share the details of their government’s plan to “support energy efficiency in the residential sector,” as well as “affordability for the middle class.” (12 PM)
He’ll also hold his regularly scheduled Monday morning huddle with his front bench team.
Elsewhere on the leaders’ circuit: Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole speaks at a midday Zoom meet-up organized by the Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Chamber of Commerce. (3 PM)
Later this evening, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland joins Hull—Aylmer Liberal MP Greg Fergus for a “virtual conversation” with paid-up members of the Laurier Club, which requires a minimum annual donation to the federal Liberal Party of “at least $1,600.” (7:30 PM)
ON AND AROUND THE HILL
Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson goes before the House ENVIRONMENT committee to present — and, if necessary, defend — his government’s plan to boost “transparency and accountability” in Canada’s ongoing efforts to hit net-zero emissions by 2030. (2:30 PM)
Although the bill managed to secure the support of both the Bloc Québécois and the New Democrats at second reading, it will likely undergo extensive scrutiny — and, very possibly, a significant rewrite — at committee, which will undoubtedly come up during the opening back-and-forth with both the minister and the contingent of senior departmental officials set to join him at the table this afternoon.
Also on the witness list for today’s meeting: Representatives from Ecojustice, the West Coast Environmental Law Association, the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, l’Association québécoise de médecins pour l’environnement and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. (3:30 PM)
Meanwhile, as previewed by iPolitics last week, CANADIAN HERITAGE members will continue studying the implications — and possible unintended consequences — of the last-minute move by the Liberals to scrap a blanket exemption for social media form its proposed overhaul of Canada’s broadcasting regime. (2:30 PM)
As part of that process, they’ve blocked off two hours to hear from an expert panel — which, as iPolitics noted, includes “one representative per recognized party” — that will include University of Ottawa research chair Michael Geist, Université de Montréal professor Pierre Trudel, Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel chair Janet Yale, and Canadian Independent Music Association CEO Andrew Cash, who is also a former federal New Democrat MP.
Over at FINANCE, MPs will pick up where they left off last week in their preliminary review of Freeland’s first omnibus budget bill, which is still awaiting the second-reading signoff of the House, during back-to-back briefing sessions with senior officials from departments and agencies across government. (11 AM – 2 PM/2:30 PM – 5:30 PM)
Finally, the much-delayed SPECIAL JOINT COMMITTEE ON MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IN DYING will hold its inaugural organizational meeting to elect its joint chairs — one from the House, and one from the Senate — after which it will likely begin negotiating the rules and protocols that will govern future proceedings. (6:30 PM)
IN THE CHAMBER
Both the House of Commons and the Senate are on hiatus this week, but will reopen for regular legislative programming on May 25, 2021.
OUTSIDE THE PRECINCT
Economic Development Minister Mélanie Joly joins Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen, as well as Elevate CEO Razor Suleman and global executive director Claudette McGown, to announce new federal money to boost “under-represented talent in the tech and innovation sectors.” (9:30 AM)
Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development Minister Maryam Monsef hosts a Zoom briefing to announce new money for a “safer supply project” in her home riding of Peterborough, Ont. (10:30 AM)
Justice Minister David Lametti, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett, and Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller sign on for a virtual press conference to unveil new federal funds for the “revitalization of Indigenous laws” alongside representatives from the Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge. (11 AM)
Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino teams up with astronaut Chris Hadfield, Nova Scotian musician Reeny Smith, Shawanaga First Nation grandmother Kim Wheatley, Yukon-based TikTok star Gurdeep Pandher, and other “distinguished guests” to launch Citizenship Week with a “special virtual ceremony [to] welcome 32 candidates from across the country into the Canadian family.” (12:30 PM)
International Trade Minister Mary Ng kicks off two days of closed-door video chats with her American and Mexican counterparts, Katherine Tai and Tatiana Clouthier Carrillo, as the first-ever meeting of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement Free Trade Commission gets underway.
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