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Politics This Morning: Morneau to address business community;

Politics This Morning: Morneau to address business community; (via Qpute.com)

Good Monday morning,

Finance Minister Bill Morneau is headlining a talk hosted by the Oakville Chamber of Commerce, in Ontario, as part of its Vote Prosperity Leadership Series. The ticketed event kicks off bright and early at 8 a.m., at the Holiday Inn Oakville Centre.

On Tuesday, MPs on the House Foreign Affairs Committee are reconvening at the request of four opposition members to look into whether the Trudeau government has been applying “undue pressure” on former diplomats to clear any public statements on Ottawa’s foreign policy stance towards China, as the ex-envoys claimed to the Globe and Mail.

Here’s a rundown of what else is happening today:

  • Small Business Minister Mary Ng is expected to announce the “creation of an integrated market in the medtech industry” while in Vancouver. The event’s at 1 p.m., at the office of 1QBit, a quantum computing software company.
  • In other health-related news, Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay is in Hamilton, Ont., for an announcement related to research on chronic pain issues facing vets. That’s at 9 a.m., at McMaster University Health Sciences Centre. After that, he heads to Port Hope, Ont., to honour 29 recipients of the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.
  • Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, along with her fellow caucus colleague, Paul Manly, takes her pre-election tour to Carbonear, N.L. They’re holding a community meeting at 5:30 p.m., at Princess Sheila Nageira Theatre.

What the newsroom is reading:

  • Is Elizabeth May ready for the Green Party’s big moment?: Though her party’s fundraising haul has been higher than previous years, it still doesn’t have the financial means to mount a national campaign. (Globe and Mail)
  • Via rail’s case for major project better without Montreal-Quebec leg: internal doc: High capital costs and poor operational performance were cited as reasons for ditching that stretch of the corridor. (via the Canadian Press
  • TMX board approved additional $5M in future bonuses for federally owned project: The funds will be distributed after the projected completion of the expansion in 2021. (CBC News)
  • U.S. presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders joins ‘insulin caravan’ to Windsor, Ont.: Some health groups have raised concerns that there could be drug shortages in Canada as a result of Americans crossing the border to stock up on insulin. Mr. Sanders said he doesn’t think that will happen. (CBC News)

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