After spending the last 36 hours fulfilling his final round of G7 hosting duties — including one-on-one sit-downs with the leaders of seven non-G7 countries who were invited to Charlevoix take part in the official “outreach” sessions — while under sustained fire from US President Donald Trump over… well, it’s not entirely clear what specifically set him off, but it seems to have been triggered by his post-summit press conference, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to take a “personal” day before returning to the political fray.
That, at least, is the official designation for Monday, according to the daily itinerary provided by his office, which will doubtless come as a disappointment to his political adversaries across the aisle, as it will temporarily deprive them of the opportunity to interrogate him on what happened over the weekend, and — more crucially — how he and his government intend to respond to the barrage of threats emanating from the president’s twitter account.
He’ll also miss out on a full day of House debate on Iran, courtesy of the Conservatives, who will devote their second-last supply day of the sitting calling on the Commons to “strongly condemn the current regime … or its ongoing sponsorship of terrorism around the world, including instigating violent attacks on the Gaza border,” and urge the government to “abandon its current plan and immediately cease any and all negotiations or discussions … to restore diplomatic relations.”
Meanwhile, Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos drops by a Toronto emergency shelter, where, alongside his parliamentary secretary, Toronto-area MP Toronto Vaughan, he’ll outline his government’s plan to “update” its Homelessness Partnership Strategy — which, as the Canadian Press notes, “has come under criticism for having burdensome reporting requirements and too restrictive a scope.”
According to the wire report, Duclos is set to announce the shift to an “outcome-based approach” for the $2.1 billion in funding allocated to the project, which will, as per CP, be provided “in exchange for results,” as well as expand the scope of eligible initiatives outside the current framework.
Back in the capital, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett joins the Legacy of Hope Foundation for a morning “healing ceremony” to mark the 10th anniversary of the apology to former students of the residential school system — which was delivered in the House of Commons by then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper on June 11, 2008 — as well as the launch of a new “commemorative exhibition” at the Canadian Museum of History.
Later this morning, she’ll head to the House Foyer for a joint media availability with Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott — who, for her part, is booked in for an evening appearance at a reception to celebrate a new initiative to get involve Indigenous youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).