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iPolitics AM: Scheer unveils 'vision' for Canada's economy as PM makes the rounds in Paris

iPolitics AM: Scheer unveils ‘vision’ for Canada’s economy as PM makes the rounds in Paris

ALSO TODAY: Opposition makes case for committee probe into Mark Norman case — Parliamentary budget watchdog releases cost estimates for Phoenix replacement

A day after formally signing on to the Christchurch Call to Action — a non-binding accord outlining a new pledge to mount a coordinated bid to “eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online” through “voluntary collective commitments”  — as well as offering Canadian steel and lumber to support the restoration and rebuilding of Notre Dame cathedral following last month’s devastating fire, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to continue making the rounds in Paris today.

The first item on his public itinerary: A morning meet-up with New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern, co-host of the leaders’ summit on combating online hatred, which he’ll follow up with an on-stage appearance at the opening of VivaTech, which bills itself as “world’s rendezvous for startups and leaders to celebrate innovation.”

After that wraps up, he’ll head back to the Palais de l’Elysee for a lunch hosted by French president Emmanuel Macron before making his way to Canada’s official residence for a closed-door chat with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and end his official duties for the day by convening a mid-afternoon media availability at the Canadian embassy.

Back in Canada, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer will take his just-launched “Vision of Canada keynote speech series” to Toronto, where he’ll outline his plan for Canada’s economy — which, as per the advisory, can be summed up as “Limited Government, Unlimited Potential” — in a noon hour address to the Economic Club of Canada.

Elsewhere in the city, Finance Minister Bill Morneau, who is booked in for a mid-afternoon tour of Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Innovation, where, according to the notice, he’ll team up with Ryerson president Mohamed Lachemi to promote the newly created Canada Training Benefit, which, the advisory avers, “will help more Canadians get the skills they need.”

Also set to promote their government’s efforts to boost skills training today: Crown-Indigenous Services Minister Carolyn Bennett, Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Employment Minister Patty Hajdu, who have been dispatched to deliver similar messages during visits to learning centres in Toronto, Montreal and Saskatoon, respectively.

Back in the precinct, meanwhile, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale hits the West Block press theatre to reveal his government’s planned “expansion” of the existing security infrastructure funding program to bolster support for “communities at risk of hate motivated crimes.”

Also on the Hill agenda today: The House defence committee holds a special session to consider an opposition-driven pitch to launch a full investigation into the now-stayed breach of trust charge against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, which, at least at press time, seems virtually certain to be rejected by the Liberal majority.

There is, however, always the possibility that those same Liberal MPs could put forward a counterproposal that would allow the committee to proceed with such a study under parameters acceptable to the government, as was the case when the justice committee was faced with a similar push to probe the allegations of attempted political interference in the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Finally, the Parliamentary Budget Office is set to release a new report on the estimated cost of replacing the glitch-plagued Phoenix payroll system, which is due to be posted online at 10 am EDT.


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