After spending the last few days ensconced in closed-door “private meetings,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joins Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec CEO Charles Milliard for a virtual “fireside chat” that, according to the advisory, will include a wide-ranging discussion of the post-pandemic recovery in Quebec and across Canada. (1:35 PM)
Later this evening, he’ll fire up his webcam once again for a “virtual conversation” with CTV’s The Social co-host Melissa Grelo to mark Filipino Heritage Month. (7:30 PM)
According to his public itinerary, he’s also booked in for a call with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
Meanwhile, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole makes a mid-morning appearance in the Westin conference room, which his party has temporarily converted to a virtual media suite in anticipation of a possible election, where he’ll deliver an otherwise unspecified “announcement.” (9:30 AM)
Also on the leaders’ circuit: Bloc Québécois chef Yves-François Blanchet continues his whistle-stop tour of Saguenay with visits to local businesses in Labrecque, Lamarche, and Saint-Ambroise en route to Chicoutimi, where he’ll tour Elkem’s silicon manufacturing plant, meet with Saguenay Mayor Josée Néron, and join local party supporters to choose the candidate who will carry the Bloc banner in Chicoutimi—Le Fjord during the next election.
Back on the Hill, senators are scheduled to hold another late-night sitting to wrap up debate of two of the four bills on the government’s pre-recess priority list: Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s omnibus budget plan, and Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson’s proposal to make it mandatory for Canada to report on its progress to emit net-zero greenhouse gases by 2050. Both bills are on track for final approval by end of day.
As for the other two bills that were fast-tracked through the House in the final days of the spring sitting — Justice Minister David Lametti’s proposal to restrict conversion therapy and Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s pitch to overhaul the federal broadcasting regime — neither is is expected to make it to the legislative finish line before the upper house shuts down for the season; both have been referred to committee for further study, which effectively puts them on hold until the red chamber reopens for business in September.
IN THE CHAMBER
The House of Commons has risen for the summer, with regular programming scheduled to resume on Sept. 20, 2021.
ON AND AROUND THE HILL
The Parliamentary Budget Office releases its preliminary estimates of the cost of the government’s proposed program to buy back firearms, which, according to the notice, was produced “in response to a request by a parliamentarian.” (9 AM)
OUTSIDE THE PRECINCT
A trio of Team Trudeau front-benchers — Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra, and Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault — will sign on from North Vancouver, North York, and Montreal, respectively, for a “multi-city” news conference to unveil federal backing for zero-emissions vehicles “to meet our climate goals.” (12 PM)
Health Minister Patty Hajdu joins Federation of Canadian Municipalities president Joanne Vanderheyden for a Zoom briefing on support for “local green initiatives” in northern Ontario. (11:30 AM)
Economic Development Minister Mélanie Joly starts her day in Bromont, Que., where she’ll join local MP Lyne Bessette to announce new federal cash to “support the growth of the MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre.” According to the advisory, it’s “considered one of the largest microelectronics R&D and commercialization centres in Canada.” She’ll then head to Granby, also in Quebec, to promote the Canada Community Revitalization Fund, which is meant to help communities “recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Finally, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan fires up his webcam for a virtual appearance at the 2021 EU Defense Washington Forum, where he’ll offer his thoughts on the “security implications of climate change” for the Arctic. (9:35 AM)
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