iPolitics AM: Trudeau back in Ottawa; Singh still in Iqaluit

After a whirlwind one-day visit to Edmonton to unveil its government’s ninth (and counting) agreement to fund childcare – which, as Star notes, included a “testy” appearance on camera with Alberta Premier Jason KenneyPrime Minister Justin Trudeau is back in Ottawa for what will likely be his last closed-door session with his cabinet before the new parliamentary session begins on Monday. (11:00)

He also has a call with his provincial and territorial colleagues, according to his official itinerary, who notes that an interview with a local Edmonton radio host will be aired this morning. (8:42)

Meanwhile, after having fun with his colleagues in the front seat this morning, Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland will be formally sworn in as MP for University — Rosedale during a private ceremony this afternoon. (16:30)

Outside the capital, The new Democratic leader Jagmeet Singh will spend another day rounding out Iqaluit joining the newly installed Nunavut MP Lori Idlout to a Zoom briefing in the middle of the morning at the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum. (10:30)

Later in the morning, the duo will look past the local curling club to “assist with water distribution” next door Iqaluit Mayor Kenny Bell. They will also meet with Nunavut Employees Union President Jason Rochon before the day ends with a joint party.

As for Conservative leader Erin O’Toole, there is (yet) nothing from his office about any plans to make himself available to journalists seeking his response to the latest attempt to put his leadership to the test – namely the petition launched by Conservative Senator Denise Batters seeking to use the party’s constitution to force a formal leadership review within the next six months.

“For the petition to succeed, five percent of conservative members in five provinces must sign it within 90 days, according to the CPC’s constitution, which considers all territories as one province,” iPolitics reported yesterday.

As history notes, party chairman Rob Batherson has already publicly rejected the push in a tweeted statement claiming the petition is “not in accordance with the CPC Constitution.”

While this interpretation of the rules is technically correct, it is unlikely to do much, if anything, to prevent even more coverage of O’Toole’s seemingly flimsy team at his job, especially without comments from him or his team.


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