With his decision to appoint — or, to be scrupulously technically accurate, recommend that Queen Elizabeth II appoint — Mary Simon to serve as Canada’s first ever Indigenous Governor General garnering near-universal praise, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to continue his first in-person trek through Western Canada in well over a year in Calgary, where, as per his itinerary, he’ll kick off a full day of events with a morning visit to AAA Doors Ltd., which the advisory describes as “a local business that received federal support in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.” (11 AM)
He’s also booked in for back-to-back meetings with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi before heading to a Calgary Transit maintenance hub, where he’ll team up with Nenshi — but not, it’s worth noting, Kenney — for an announcement and media availability. (3:45 PM)
Elsewhere on the leaders’ summer circuit: Bloc Québécois chef Yves-François Blanchet makes the rounds in Natashquan.
Back in central Canada, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra will wrap up three days of on-site announcements related to his government’s latest plan to set up a high-speed rail network with two more appearances at key stations along the proposed new route.
His first stop, according to his office: Montreal Central Station, where he’ll go over the details alongside the city’s mayor, Valérie Plante, as well as Government House Leader and Montreal-area MP Pablo Rodriguez and Via Rail CEO Cynthia Garneau at a press conference “near the Second Cup coffee shop.” (9:30 AM)
Later this afternoon, he’ll deliver the same talking points at the Ottawa Train Stations, where he’ll be joined by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and local Liberal MPs David McGuinty and Mona Fortier, who also serves as Trudeau’s cabinet lead on “middle class prosperity.” (3 PM)
Meanwhile, Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne fires up his webcam for a virtual press conference to unveil what his office is billing as a “major investment” in an unnamed “British Columbia-based clean technology company” that “will contribute to Canada’s fight against climate change and support a green recovery.” (2 PM)
Finally, International Trade Minister Mary Ng is heading to Mexico City to “mark the first anniversary” of the new North American free trade pact with U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Mexican economy secretary Tatiana Clouthier Carrillo.
IN THE CHAMBER
The House of Commons and the Senate have risen for the summer, with regular programming scheduled to resume on September 20, 2021.
OUTSIDE THE PRECINCT
Economic Development Minister Mélanie Joly drops by the Longueuil headquarters of research hub Digifab QG to announce, in conjunction with fellow front bencher Pablo Rodriguez, “renewed financial support” for “regional export promotion organizations.” (12 PM)
Later this evening, Joly will headline a $500-per-digital-head virtual fundraiser for the Hochelaga Federal Liberal Association. (6 PM)
Also making the rounds in Quebec: Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, who will outline new federal cash to boost “sustainability in the agricultural sector through innovation, scientific activities and cutting-edge research” during a morning visit to the Ferme Onésime Pouliot in Saint-Jean-de-l’île-d’Orléans. (11:40 AM)
Last but not least, Labour Minister Filomena Tassi and Pay Equity Commissioner Karen Jensen hold a “virtual discussion on the future of pay equity in Canada.” (10:30 AM)
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