ALSO TODAY: Canadian MPs attend ‘virtual briefing’ on ‘online Antisemitism’— Trudeau booked in for chat with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi
A day after becoming the first world leader to log a congratulatory phone call to US president-elect Joe Biden — during which, as per the official readout, the two men covered a wide variety of topics, including the ongoing pandemic, climate change, global security and anti-Black racism, as well as softwood lumber, the Buy America initiative and “energy cooperation such as Keystone XL”— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to join Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam and her deputy, Howard Njoo, for a mid-morning briefing on the ongoing effort to mitigate a second wave of outbreaks across the country. (11:30 AM)
Also on the dais for what his office describes only as “an announcement”: Public Services Minister Anita Anand, Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc and Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay, which suggests that the government may be preparing to mark Remembrance Day by unveiling new support for Canada’s veterans.
For his part, MacAulay is expected to deliver an “important virtual announcement” that will “positively impact Veterans organizations” later this afternoon, which may or may not be related to the earlier reveal. (1:30 PM)
Trudeau’s to-do list also includes a call with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, whose city is facing a surge in COVID-19 cases, prompting him to point out that it “actually does not have a ton of power” to impose new social distancing restrictions without the backing of the province.
Meanwhile, New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh joins representatives from the National Council of Canadian Muslims, the World Sikh Organization of Canada and the Canadian Anti-Hate Network for an open-to-media Zoom discussion on “tackling hate groups in Canada” — and specifically, according to the advisory, “how Justin Trudeau’s Liberal [sic] must tackle the growing threat of white supremacy and hate groups that is making our communities feel unsafe.” (1 PM)
Finally, a trio of MPs representing three of the four recognized parties — Liberal Anthony Housefather, Conservative Marty Morantz and New Democrat Randall Garrison, as well as former Liberal MP Michael Levitt — are on the digital invite list as the Inter-Parliamentary Task Force to Combat Online Antisemitism holds its first “virtual briefing.”
According to the draft agenda, the session will “include presentations from the American Jewish Committee, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), Bnai Brith Canada, the Canadian Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, the Community Security Group, and the Online Hate Prevention Institute.”
ON THE COMMITTEE CIRCUIT
With just one week to go before JUSTICE members hit their self-imposed deadline to begin the final line-by-line review of the government’s proposed changes to the laws on medically-assisted dying — which are, of course, also under a court-imposed deadline to make it to the legislative finish line by December 18 — the committee will hold back-to-back panel discussions with medical professionals, legal experts and advocacy groups, including representatives from the Association for Reformed Political Action Canada, Inclusion Canada, the Council of Canadians with Disabilities and Living With Dignity. (11 AM – 1 PM)
OUTSIDE THE PRECINCT
Fisheries Minister Diane Lebouthillier teams up with her Quebec counterpart André Lamontagne for a conference call to outline new support for the province’s fisheries and aquaculture sectors.
International Development Minister Karina Gould drops by the Royal Botanical Gardens in her hometown of Hamilton to share the details of a new federal push to protect the Great Lakes, while elsewhere in the city, Economic Development Minister Mélanie Joly joins Labour Minister Filomena Tassi and local Liberal MP Bob Bratina to highlight new federal cash to boost “businesses and economic growth” in the region.
Also on the ministerial hustings today:
- Middle Class Prosperity Minister Mona Fortier touts her government’s COVID-19 support measures at a “virtual town hall” hosted by the Mississauga Board of Trade.
- Women, Gender Equality and Rural Development Minister Maryam Monsef and Curve Lake First Nation Chief Emily Whetung join forces for an “important infrastructure event.”
- Small Business Minister Mary Ng tours Aurora-based STEM Minds to “to highlight the revamped CanExport program, and learn about the company’s success in expanding into international markets.”
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