After heading to London, Ont. last night to attend an evening vigil for the victims of the horrific hit-and-run attack on a local Muslim family, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to make what may well be his last in-person appearance in his designated front-and-centre seat before the House of Commons powers down for the summer. (2 PM)
While there are still two weeks remaining on the parliamentary clock, he’s about to embark on his first overseas trip in well over a year, which will officially get underway on Friday, when he’ll join his G7 counterparts in Cornwall before making his way to Brussels for back-to-back summits with fellow NATO members and representatives from European Union, respectively.
When he finally finds himself back on Canadian soil, he’ll spend three days in quarantine at an Ottawa-area hotel, which makes it exceedingly unlikely that he’ll be able to return to the Commons before June 23, which is the last scheduled sitting day before the summer recess — and depending on how the next few days play out, the sitting may have already wrapped up by that point if there’s unanimous support for an early exit.
Before that gets underway, Trudeau will fire up his webcam to take part in the opening of the Progressive Governance Digital Summit, where, as per his daily itinerary, he’ll “speak alongside” German vice-chancellor Olaf Scholz, former Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Italian National Innovation Fund president Francesca Bria. (8:30 AM)
He’ll also “virtually attend” the weekly caucus meet-up. (10 AM)
Meanwhile, just days after MPs unanimously adopted a motion urging the government to “cease its belligerent and litigious approach to justice for Indigenous children,” Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett will join representative plaintiffs in the Gottfriedson Indian Residential Schools Day Scholar class action lawsuit for what the advisory describes as an “important virtual announcement.” (1 PM)
While not specifically mentioned in the motion, the Day Scholars have been involved in an extended legal battle over its fight for a “fair settlement” for former residential school students deemed “ineligible for compensation” as the schools they attended “didn’t require them to stay overnight.”
Also this morning: Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller delivers his weekly status update on COVID-19 in Indigenous and First Nations communities. (10:30 AM)
Later this afternoon, New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh will hold a Zoom availability after his weekly caucus huddle wraps up. (1 PM)
Finally, New Democrat MP Leah Gazan has served notice that she intends to put forward a motion to “ask the government to recognize what happened at Residential Schools as genocide,” which she’ll discuss in detail during a Zoom press conference with “Indigenous leaders and a Residential School survivor” later this morning. (10 AM)
IN THE CHAMBER
After a lightning-round review at committee, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s omnibus bid to implement her first-ever budget is back on the Commons docket, accompanied by two government-initiated amendments to be considered during report stage, including one that would remove political parties from the list of entities eligible for continuing emergency support, which would come into effect in July.
As per the timeline outlined by Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez last week, the bill will dominate the House agenda for the rest of the week, although it’s not clear whether three days will be enough time to get it though third reading.
MPs are also scheduled to vote on four backbench bills, including a Bloc Québécois-initiated push to exempt Quebec from the Canadian Multiculturalism Act, as well as the opposition motion put forward by the Conservatives yesterday, which would have the House call on the government to overhaul its “failed” housing policies.
Later this afternoon, Liberal MP Yves Robillard will kick off the opening round of debate on his non-binding motion to have the government “direct” National Defence to “implement gender-based analysis plus to meet recruitment and retention targets for under-represented groups.
ON AND AROUND THE HILL
Federal Victims of Crime Ombudsman Heidi Illingworth hosts a “webinar and discussion” that, according to the advisory, will ‘focus on finding meaningful ways to decolonize the justice system” by “addressing systemic racism and racial bias.” (1 – 3 PM)
OUTSIDE THE PRECINCT
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne teams up with his front bench colleague Seamus O’Regan, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson for the virtual reveal of new federal support “for the future of Alberta’s clean hydrogen sector.” (11:30 AM)
Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna joins Ontario MPP Stephen Crawford, who serves as parliamentary secretary to her Ontario counterpart, Laurie Scott, for an “important virtual infrastructure event” in Toronto, while Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay unveils new funding for “public infrastructure” in his home province of Prince Edward Island. (1:30 PM)
Finally, International Trade Minister Mary Ng will “promote [the] benefits of the Global Trade and Gender Arrangement been Canada, Chile and New Zealand” during a webinar hosted by the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). (3 PM)
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