Inside Politics

Welcome to the precinct, President Pinera!

The parliamentary red carpet will be rolled out this morning in preparation for the arrival of Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, who scheduled to make his way to the Hill later this morning to kick off his state visit to Canada.

The PM will be on hand in the Foyer to welcome Pinera and his wife, Cecilia Morel, after which the two leaders will head to the PM's Centre Block office for a private tete-a-tete, which will be followed by the traditional Hall of Honour photo op and joint statement. Later this afternoon, the two will head behind closed doors for a "business roundtable."

Back in the Commons, Government House Leader Peter Van Loan is expected to start the day with yet another time allocation motion -- this time, to cap debate on his party's bid to tighten up the witness protection program, which is currently poised for third reading approval.

Later this afternoon, House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer will host a reception to honour this year's recipients of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards -- including Sarah Polley, Eric Peterson and Daniel Lanois, among others -- who will also be officially recognized in the House after Question Period.

On the committee front:

  • Aboriginal Affairs gets down to clause-by-clause business on the government's bid to ensure safe drinking water on First Nations reserves
  • Over at Procedure and House Affairs, as the hard deadline that is the summer recess looms, the race is on to wrap up their ongoing in camera consideration of proposed riding changes in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec.
  • This afternoon, the Subcommittee on International Human Rights will mark Iran Accountability Week with briefings by representatives from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
  • Finally, the Special Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women will hear from the Native Women's Association of Canada.

Also on the Hill today:

  • MiningWatch Canada representatives hold a press conference to give reporters the opportunity to speak to a delegation of Greek citizens on a week-long trip to Canada to highlight the 'overwhelming opposition' in Northern Greece to Eldorado Gold-proposed mining projects in Skouries and Perama Hill.
  • New Democrat heritage critics Pierre Nantel and Andrew Cash present the party's bid to make sure artists are properly compensated for the resale of their work.

Meanwhile, just outside the precinct, the National Arts Centre will serve as venue for a 'Big Tent' discussion on Canada-US trade and cybersecurity, which is co-hosted by the Canadian American Business Council and Google.

According to the advisory, the event will bring together "leading government, advocacy and private sector experts," including Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, US Ambassador David Jacobson and Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart, among others, who "will address some of the complex issues around cross-border trade in information services, contemporary cyber-threats, and how Canada and the US can prosper in the Information century ahead."

Earlier in the day, Baird will hold a mid-morning meeting with his German counterpart, Guido Westerwelle, to discuss both bilateral and international issues, including, according to the notice, "the crisis in Syria, the threat of a nuclear Iran and the state of the global economy."

Also out and about on the ministerial circuit today: Industry Minister Christian Paradis and Associate Defence Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay, who are slated to make (separate) appearances at "defence technology showcase" CANSEC13.

Finally, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair delivers an address to members of the Quebec Federation of Chambers of Commerce at a lunch event in Montreal, while in Toronto, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will do the same before the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, where, according to the advisory, he'll also take questions from the audience.


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