After spending the last two weeks in quarantine following his first post-pandemic trek across the Atlantic Ocean, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to join Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson on the site of the Shepherds of Good’s Hope Living Residence, a “supportive housing project” currently under construction in Kanata, where, according to his itinerary, he’ll promote his government’s plans for “investing in affordable housing” before taking questions from reporters (2 PM)
Earlier in the day, he’s slated to speak at the Generation Equality Forum, a three-day virtual summit hosted by United Nations Women that bills itself as “the largest global feminist gathering since 1995,” which will bring together “governments, international organizations, civil society, the private sector and young people” to “drive gender equality forward.” (11:20 AM)
He’s also booked in for an evening appearance at a “virtual celebration” to mark Portuguese Heritage Month, where he’ll “take part in a conversation” with his Portuguese counterpart António Costa. (7:30 PM)
Elsewhere on the leaders’ circuit: Bloc Québécois chef Yves-François Blanchet continues his four-day sprint through Saguenay while Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole headlines an evening “virtual meet and greet” for party supporters.
Meanwhile, with the Senate having formally signed off on her first-ever omnibus budget bill last night, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland teams up with Middle Class Prosperity Minister Mona Fortier and Small Business Minister Mary Ng to unveil “support for Canadian workers” at a virtual media availability. (11 AM)
Later today, Ng will join United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Mexico’s economy secretrary Tatiana Clouthier Carrillo to mark the first anniversary of the new cross-continental trade deal during a “virtual conversation” hosted by the Washington, DC-based Wilson Center. (2 PM)
Also out and about on the ministerial hustings today:
- Economic Development Minister Mélanie Joly and Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos announce a fresh tranche of federal funding for Quebec City-based INO, which the advisory describes as a “non-profit organization that is one of the global leaders in optics and photonics.” (10:15 AM)
- Later today, the two federal ministers will join Quebec International CEO Carl Viel and a contingent of provincial and industry representatives at a Zoom briefing to release the results of Cap sur la croissance, a “reflection exercise” on post-pandemic economic recovery in Quebec. (12:15 PM)
- Elsewhere in the province, Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez joins Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne to outline new federal support for industrial design firm Germain et Frère, which is headquartered in Trois-Rivières. (3 PM)
- Finally, Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan fires up his webcam for a Zoom announcement on “green jobs.” (11:30 AM)
ON AND AROUND THE HILL
The Parliamentary Budget Office releases its latest fiscal sustainability report, which, as per the notice, “provides the PBO’s assessment of the sustainability of government finances over the long term for the federal government, subnational governments and public pension plans.” (11:30 AM)
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