ALSO TODAY: Back-to-back funding reveals by McKenna — Poultry producers on the agenda at Ag committee
It’s another day of “private meetings” by the shores of Harrington Lake — or, at least, within sight of said shoreline, albeit from behind the window of his summer home office — for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, according to his official itinerary.
UDPATE: Due to a misclicked link on the PMO website, today’s edition inadvertently relied on yesterday’s official itinerary. In fact, as per the current version, the prime minister has booked off the day for ‘personal’ time, although it’s a good bet he may still be giving some thought to the issues outlined below.
While the daily agenda provided by his office offers no additional details on who may be on the prime ministerial call list for today, it’s not hard to deduce what may be on his radar, starting with the sudden need to work out the logistics of holding a by-election at some point within the next six months to fill the soon-to-be-vacated seat of York Centre Liberal MP Michael Levitt, who served notice yesterday that he’ll be resigning from his post in September.
More imminently, there’s the prospect of more potentially politically problematic testimony on the WE Charity controversy, courtesy of the House FINANCE committee, which has scheduled an extended virtual session for Thursday morning.
As of this morning, the list of witnesses for the three-hour hearing was still being finalized, but could very well be related to the opposition-backed motion adopted last week to force PMO to reveal the names of each and every staffer who “communicated with WE Charity, the Kielberger brothers, or any affiliates of the WE Charity, since March 1,” as well as the dates and “contents” of those interactions, including cabinet memos from two key meetings in May.
On the virtual committee circuit today: AGRICULTURE AND AGRI-FOOD members convene via webcam to discuss a proposal backed by four members to “discuss support measures for Canadian poultry and egg farmers.” (5-7 PM)
OUTSIDE THE PRECINCT
Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna kicks off back-to-back funding reveals with a virtual appearance alongside a full contingent of provincial and municipal officials to highlight new federal cash for public transit in southwestern Ontario, which she’ll follow up with an in-person visit to the Tomlinson Family Foundation Clubhouse in Ottawa to highlight “new measures to support Canadian communities as they adjust their public infrastructure priorities to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
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