With the House of Commons now officially on hiatus for the summer and the annual Saint Jean Baptiste celebrations shuttering federal government business across Quebec, just three ministers — and, as of Thursday morning, only one federal party leader — are set to go before the cameras today.
According to his office, New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh will be “meeting with people across Montreal” to mark “Quebec’s National Holiday,” including open-to-media appearances at Parc Père Marquette, Parc Laurier, Parc La Fontaine and Parc Jeanne-Mance.
Before joining the festivities, however, he’ll hold a mid-morning Zoom availability to offer his thoughts on the “horrific discovery of more children’s remains and unmarked graves at a residential school in Saskatchewan.” (10:30 AM)
For his part, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would normally be front-and-centre at SJB festivities across the province, his ongoing post-summit quarantine means he won’t be able to make the rounds with his fellow Quebeckers in person, although he’ll undoubtedly take to social media to deliver his virtual best wishes for the occasion.
As for the other party leaders, it’s a safe bet that Bloc Québécois chef Yves-François Blanchet will be out and about in La Belle Province as well, but there’s still no official word on Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole’s agenda for today.
On the virtual ministerial hustings:
Digital Government Minister Joyce Murray holds a Zoom reveal to share the details of “additional support for small businesses in British Columbia,” while Trudeau’s Special Representative for the Prairies Jim Carr teams up with fellow Winnipeg-area Liberal MP Terry Duguid to announce — also via Zoom — a similar initiative earmarked for “businesses across the Prairies.” (12 PM)
Finally, Diversity, Inclusion and Youth Minister Bardish Chagger joins Federation of Canadian Municipalities president Joanne Vanderheyden to “virtually announce support for green infrastructure” throughout Chagger’s political home turf of Waterloo. (11 AM)
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The House of Commons has adjourned until September 20, 2021, although the Senate will reopen for business on Monday.
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