What we’re looking at: Trudeau to Washington to meet Biden, AMLO

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Following the standard schedule for organizing a summit of North American leaders, this week’s trilateral meeting of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, US President Joe Biden, And Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador it is at the last minute, but the stakes are high as if it had been planned months in advance.

Like Tonda MacCharles of the Star explains, Thursday’s hasty meeting will not only mark the first time in five years that the leaders of Canada, the United States and Mexico have been in the same room at the same time; It will also be the first time this particular trio has done so, which, he notes, is “why real face time, not FaceTime or Zoom, is the order of the day.”

As he notes, Trudeau “has never met López Obrador in person, although the populist president of Mexico was elected more than three years ago.” It will also be Trudeau’s first “in-person meeting” with Biden since he took office, although they held a one-day virtual session earlier this year and have spoken regularly since.

“The president of the United States was instrumental in securing the release of the ‘two Michael’ – Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor – from detention in China,” writes MacCharles.

But new trade clashes have emerged over ‘Buy America’ provisions in its $ 1 trillion infrastructure spending package to improve roads, bridges, utilities and public transportation, and over preferential tax incentives in its budget package to stimulate the purchase of all- American-made and union-made electric vehicles. “

Such measures “concern both Canada and Mexico”, he stresses.

“Officials, including Canadian Ambassador Kirsten Hillman, have lobbied the United States to convince Democratic and Republican lawmakers that Michigan’s big three automakers are all relying on existing competitive advantage tapping into supply chains running forward. and back across the Ontario border. “

According to declaration from his office confirming his presence at the top, Trudeau also wants to raise the following issues: “ending the fight against COVID-19, completing vaccine work, addressing the climate crisis, creating new middle-class jobs, building a recovery that works for everyone, and migration ”.

Singh heads north to discuss water crisis, climate change impact with community leader Nunavut MP

While he won’t get the same minute-by-minute media coverage as the Prime Minister’s visit to the White House, it’s worth noting that Trudeau isn’t the only party leader to hit the tarmac this week.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh he leaves for Iqaluit, where, according to his office, he will meet just sworn MP Lori Idlout and “community leader” to talk about the “ongoing water crisis”. They will also discuss “the need for safer and cheaper housing and the impact of the climate crisis on northern communities. (Monday)

Autumn tax update, Huawei 5G decision also on the opposition’s radar

Just a week before the curtain opens on the 44th legislature, opposition parties are expected to start lobbying the liberal minority to specify what will happen in the shortened autumn session, which will formally begin with the election of the president next Monday, but not it will return to regular legislative programming no earlier than Wednesday.

Like iPolitics reported last week, we still don’t know when Finance Minister Christia Freeland will unveil its latest tax projections via an autumn economic statement. It is typically delivered mid to late November, although there are no strict deadlines to meet.

However, as a senior consultant to Summa Strategies Elliot Hughes he told iPolitics, what is “important is that (the government) takes the time to understand and consider what it wants to communicate to Canadians,” especially since the House is only expected to sit for four weeks before getting up for the holidays. As for what to expect from the as-yet-unplanned update, it doesn’t foresee any surprises, but suggests that “it will likely reflect expenses to support Canadians during the pandemic.”

Meanwhile, returning critic of conservative finance Pierre Poilievre should preview what we can expect when he finally gets a chance to take on Freeland in the House, thanks to a media availability Sunday afternoon to “discuss liberal inflation on the run to Canada.”

Also the planned release before Hill closes for the year is Canada’s “credible plan, informed by an expert advisory body” to meet its carbon reduction goals. As Aidan Chamandy of iPolitics pointed out last week, this is required under the zero net “accountability” mechanism implemented earlier this year.

“Under the law, the government has to make the plan public six months after the bill goes into effect,” says Chamandy. “Since he received royal approval on June 29 this year, he is expected to be released on December 5. 29, “although it allows an extension of 90 days, which would set a new deadline of March 28, 2022.

Finally, with Health Canada still mulling over whether to approve Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 shot for the five- to 11-year-old set – or, as its chief medical advisor said in a conference call with reporters last Friday, “actively continuing” its review – coming soon Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos he may be under pressure to say if the shot can be expected before the holidays.

If the clearance comes within “the next one or two weeks,” as the agency suggested last week – and a critical mass of parents book appointments for their newly eligible children – it could allay fears that a return to the holidays would trigger. of the extended family a new wave of outbreaks in the new year.

At the same time, it could spark a new debate on how best to counter vaccine hesitation – or, indeed, mandatory vaccines in general. This could put Conservative leader Erin O’Toole back on the defensive, just in time for the final round of scenography stories before coming home next week.

Also around this week:

  • Team Trudeau’s return to the bench Ginette Petitpas Taylor he moves from the Emera Innovation Exchange in St. John’s, NL, where, in his capacity as minister in charge of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, he will outline new federal funding for a “local technology company”. (Monday morning)
  • Back in the capital, Bank of Canada Deputy Governor Lawrence Schembri shares his thoughts on “labor market uncertainties and monetary policy” during a webinar hosted by the Canadian Association for Business Economics. (Tuesday afternoon)

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