iPolitics AM: Trudeau in Toronto to tout new tax benefit before taking the stage at party fundraiser


A day after touting his plan to invest billions of dollars in research and innovation across Canada during an on-stage conversation with American science commentator Bill Nye at the University of Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is taking his post-budget promotional tour to Toronto.

According to the itinerary provided by his office, Trudeau will start his day with a mid-morning appearance at the Rotman School of Management, where he’ll take part in an “armchair discussion” on “women in business” with Catalyst Canada director Tanya van Biesen.

Later this afternoon, he’ll drop by an employment service centre in downtown Toronto to “highlight” his government’s efforts to “put more money in the pockets of low-income workers” through the just-announced Canada Workers Benefit — as will Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos during separate scheduled visits to local community organizations in Dartmouth and Montreal, respectively.

Trudeau will wrap up his day by speaking to — and with — supporters at a Liberal Party-organized fundraiser at the Gardiner Museum.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Bill Morneau is booked in for a breakfast speech before the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, as well as a lunch-hour stop at the Desert Pita and Grill.

Back in the national capital region, Public Security Minister Ralph Goodale hosts the National Summit on Gun and Gang Violence, a one-day event that, as per the notice provided by his office, “will bring together partners from government, law enforcement, academia, community organizations and mayors from some of Canada’s largest urban centres to tackle gun and gang violence.”

Although most of those discussions are set to take place behind closed doors, Goodale will nevertheless take questions from reporters during a media availability before the closing ceremonies later this afternoon.

Also out and about today: New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh continues to wend his way across the West Coast, where he’s set to join local MP Alistair MacGregor for a morning tour of Vancouver Island University, an “ocean and wildlife protection announcement” at Hecate Park, and a “JagMeet and Greet” in Duncan this evening.

Finally, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer will spend the second day of his now-launched UK tour — which, according to his office, is aimed at discussing a possible Canada-UK free trade deal — in closed-door meetings with various secretaries of state, including Sajid Javid (communities and local government), Liam Fox (international trade) and Guto Bebb (defence procurement).


iPolitics, March 6, 2018