@Kady's Watchlist for Sept. 20 – Justin Trudeau set to speak at United Nations general assembly
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to spend a second day on the international diplomatic circuit at United Nations headquarters in New York City, where he’ll take part in the opening plenary before heading behind closed doors for a one-on-one with Bulgarian president Rosen Plevneliev.
Later this afternoon, he’ll make an appearance at a lunch hosted by the United Nations secretary-general just before he hits the stage for his address to the General Assembly itself, which is scheduled to take place at 2 p.m.EDT.
He’s also slated to attend US President Barack Obama’s Leaders’ Summit on Refugees, take questions from reporters in the UN press briefing room and eventually wrap up his official itinerary by attending a reception marking the second anniversary of the “He for She” initiative.
Back on Parliament Hill, Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi holds a press conference in the Commons Foyer to deliver an “important update” on his government’s infrastructure plan.
Also making the media rounds in the Foyer this morning: Conservative MP Shannon Stubbs, who is set to “officially present” an e-petition that calls on the government to”vocally support the oil and gas industry, new pipelines across Canada and thousands of employed and unemployed oil workers.”
When the Chamber opens for business today, MPs will continue to explore the potential benefits – and drawbacks — of harmonizing Canada’s consumer health and safety protections with a World Trade Organization treaty on “trade facilitation.”
Later this afternoon, Liberal MP Rob Oliphant will get his first chance to sell his colleagues on Senate Liberal James Cowan’s proposal to “prohibit and prevent genetic discrimination,” which passed the red chamber before the summer recess, and now requires the endorsement of the House of Commons to become law.
On the committee front:
- Agriculture Minister Laurence MacAulay will spend an hour fielding questions on the Canada Border Services Agency’s duties deferral program, “as well as other issues such as diafiltered milk and spent fowl” at the Agriculture committee, which will also hear the Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council, the Chicken Farmers of Canada and the Dairy Farmers of Canada.
- Over at Health, MPs go through the fine print of Liberal MP Ron McKinnon’s proposal to create a “Good Samaritan Law” to exempt from charges anyone who seeks “emergency medical or law enforcement assistance” on behalf of either themselves or someone else following an overdose.
- Meanwhile, Ethics members resume their ongoing review of the current Privacy Act with expert testimony from Canadian Civil Liberties Association director Brenda McPhail, University of Calgary professor Thomas Keenan, “Investigative researcher” Ken Rubin and lawyer Tamir Israel, who works with the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic.
- Later this afternoon, Finance kicks off pre-budget consultations with a super-sized four-hour Q&A with officials from Western Economic Diversification, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, while Government Operations members hold an evening session with members of the Task Force on Canada Post.
- Finally, the Special Committee on Electoral Reform treks to St-Pierre Jolys, where members will hear from University of Manitoba professors Royce Koop and Bryan Schwartz, as well as representatives from Unifor and the Manitoba Federation of Labour.
Outside the precinct, Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier will “outline his plan to turn Canada into a haven for investors and entrepreneurs” and “unleash Canada’s productive forces” during a lunch hosted by the Canadian Club of Toronto.
Also out and about today: Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains outlines his government’s efforts to “support the growth of innovative businesses in Western Canada” during a visit to Burnaby-based OSI Maritime Systems Ltd.
Finally, International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland – who is, the advisory notes, currently touring Europe to “promote the benefits” of the Canada-EU free trade deal — will hold a “media teleconference” from Germany following a key vote on the agreement by Germany’s Social Democratic Party.