A day after what the star notes is “his first concrete admission of where his government made mistakes during the pandemic” – specifically the failure to “act sooner to buy personal protective equipment for frontline health workers” -. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will take a short break from the interview group at the end of the year, starting with a “virtual announcement” with Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey. (8:50 am)
While his advice does not provide details on what to expect from the morning’s reveal, it notes that two Atlantic-Canadian front bankers – Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs Dominic LeBlanc and Minister for Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan – should also be on the line.
Later in the morning he will “virtually” meet with Canadian Red Cross staff currently working in Quebec’s residential and long-term care centers before turning off the radar until he logs back in tonight to celebrate Hanukkah in a “virtual” one Candlelight ceremony. “(6 pm)
(For anyone concerned about certain Christmas Eve social distancing protocols, he has obtained assurance from a Twitter team from his Frontbank team that Santa is not only “following public health guidelines,” but also “the COVID has downloaded Alert-App” and is now cleared for entry to and flight through Canada. All of this is described in this multi-ministerial Twitter thread.)
In addition to explaining Santa’s delivery schedules as an “essential” service Public Security Minister Blair has spent the last two days in closed discussions Justice Minister David Lametti and their respective provincial and territorial counterparts concluding this afternoon with a joint ministerial telephone press conference. (1:30 p.m.)
Also meet the zoom circuit before vacation: New Democratic Leader Jagmeet Singh continues his campaign to “urge Justin Trudeau’s Liberals to stop persecuting honest people” with his “unfair CERB reclaims” during a virtual round table Quebec MP Alexandre Boulerice and former candidate for the New Democrats Hugo Latulippe. (10:15 am)
After all, Conservative leader Erin O’Toole joins his lieutenant of Quebec, Richard Martelfor a “virtual Hanukkah and Christmas cocktail”. (19 o’clock)
Program Note: iPolitics AM will return on January 4, 2021.
IN THE CHAMBER
Senators are expected to spend a fourth day pondering the ramifications of the government’s proposed changes to laws on access to medical assistance while dying, which were bogged down in the second reading in the House of Lords, with no further knowledge of a safe Ensure passage before tomorrow’s legal deadline.
OUTSIDE THE PRECINCT
Minister of Infrastructure Catherine McKenna Start consecutive online events by partnering with Ottawa’s Chief Medical Officer. Vera Etches, and local Liberal MP Mona Fortier, to share details about new federal funds for a new Safe Voluntary Isolation site. (9:30 AM)
Later in the morning she will restart her webcam for a “major infrastructure event” in the virtual presence of the Mayor of Vancouver – and the former New Democrat MP. Kennedy Stewart, Area Liberal MP Hedy Fry and President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Garth Frizzell. (9 AM)
Transport Minister Marc Garneau stops by Aero Mag headquarters in Saint-Laurent to “welcome the delivery of Canada’s first electrically powered aircraft de-icing truck”. (10 AM)
Small Business Secretary Mary Ng during a virtual meeting with “a dozen Laval women entrepreneurs” touts their government’s “commitment to helping women grow businesses” to “advance women’s economic empowerment amid the COVID-19 pandemic”. (2.30)
Veterans Minister Laurence MacAulay provides an update on which groups will benefit from the Veterans Organization Support Emergency Fund, a $ 20 million initiative launched earlier this year to provide “temporary financial assistance” to veterans organizations struggling with money from the pandemic to offer. (1 PM)
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